Sony introduces the Xperia Z3v and SmartWatch 3 for Verizon

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This fall, Sony will finally see its devices have wider availability in the United States. Sony announced this afternoon in New York City its flagship phone, the Xperia Z3, will be heading to Verizon. The only difference with Verizon will be the name. To represent Verizon carrying it, the name of the handset is Xperia Z3v. Everything inside and out is the same. It has a 5.2-inch display with TRILUMINOS technology and Sony’s own imaging components for a 20.7MP camera.

The Xperia Z3v will arrive online and at Verizon retail stores on October 23 for $199 on-contract. Plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 Tablet? Big Red will take off $200 when purchasing Sony’s phone and tablet together.

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HTC One (M8 EYE) gets a quiet launch in China and creates further confusion

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Not to be confused with the Desire EYE, the HTC One (M8 Eye) was just quietly launched in China. The One (M8 EYE) is more like the original One (M8), with the major difference being that it doesn’t feature the 4MP UltraPixel lens as part of the Duo Camera setup. Instead, the main lens loses the UltraPixel moniker, but it does jump to 13 mexapixels. However, selfie fans won’t be too excited because it doesn’t sport a 13MP front-facing lens (and dual LED flash) like the Desire Eye, but you get the full metal design of the One (M8).

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HTC’s New EYE Experience to be released in coming months

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HTC had a big day for hardware today, specifically related to cameras. However, software has not been forgotten, so HTC will be releasing the EYE Experience camera experience in the coming months to the One (M8), One (M7), One Mini, Mini 2, One Max, and more. The new camera experience application will have features that range from useful to silly, like split capture functions and Face Fusion. The press release below offers more information:

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Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and other Samsung devices could get banned from entering the U.S.

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About a month ago, we reported that NVIDIA was taking Qualcomm and Samsung to court over GPU patent infringement. Well we have a little update that could prove to be a crack in Samsung’s spine. That’s something they don’t need right now considering their financial situation.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to investigate whether any of Samsung’s smartphones and/or tablets should be blocked from entering the U.S. The devices in question utilize either the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801, or 805. This means the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge could literally be blocked from entering into the U.S. Other devices in the complaint include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and Galaxy Tab 2.

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iOS and Windows phone slowly catching up to Android in the US according to latest comScore report

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In what seems to be an ongoing trend, Android has lost a small piece of their market share to Windows Phone and iOS, according to comScore’s latest report. It is quite a small change, however, and still sees Android having over half of the market, still a whole ten percent ahead of Apple’s iOS. In equally unsurprising news, Samsung and Apple still dominate the market with slight increases for both manufacturers as well as a slight increase for LG. HTC and Motorola both saw slight drops in their market share.

Another not so surprising bit of information is which smartphone apps have the farthest reach, with Facebook and Youtube still holding the top two spots. The only app to see a significant increase is Facebook’s Messenger app, which makes since considering for most users its the only way to access messages from a mobile device.

Source: comScore

HTC RE camera gets made official, offers a portable way to capture wide-angle HD video and photos

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HTC’s rumored portable camera has been made official at their Double Exposure event today, and it’s a weird little device. The camera looks like a long tube that bends into a camera lens, and there is no viewfinder or anything aside from the handle and camera.

The RE camera features a 16 megapixel lens that can shoot full HD video, and to get around not having any type of viewfinder or screen, it shoots extremely wide angle videos to make sure that it captures everything you’re pointing it at. You won’t miss anything in the video this way, but it also means you won’t be able to keep the subject perfectly centered, either. However, the device can be used in conjunction with an Android or iOS device so you can get a better view of what you’re shooting. It doesn’t sound convenient, but it’s certainly functional. Read more