Carphone Warehouse tests the Xperia Z3’s waterproof rating by doing an underwater unboxing video


The Sony Xperia Z3 is a device with a ton of cool features, but one of the biggest selling points is its unusually high dust and waterproof ratings, normally found in the more rugged-looking Kyocera and Casio Android devices. The Z3 is IP65/68 certified which means it can go as far as five feet deep for up to an hour with no damage to the device.

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HTC’s upcoming GoPro competitor may have a 16MP sensor and a Super Wide Angle Lens


We’ve reported on HTC‘s upcoming GoPro competitor multiple times but all we’ve had to go by were a couple photos and a possible release date. Luckily that seems to have changed today thanks to Taiwanese site EPrice. According to them, HTC’s upcoming mini-parascope camera will have a 16MP sensor, slow-motion video recording, underwater recording capabilities and a 170-degree Super Wide Angle Lens.

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Amazon drops the “Kindle” moniker from their Android-powered tablets


With the launch of the newest models of their flagship tablets, Amazon has dropped the “Kindle” moniker from the names of their Android-powered tablets. New and future models of the tablets will simply be called the Fire HD and Fire HDX. According to Amazon, the company changed the name to separate the brands and to make sure consumers know the difference between the products. Read more

HTC Elevate members getting “HTC Preview” program to soak test updates


One of the tools manufacturers can use to get updates ready for their devices is the soak test wherein the update is distributed to a small group of end users to see if they can break it or otherwise find issues. One company that does this frequently is Motorola. HTC has announced to members of their HTC Elevate private community that they will offer a similar program called “HTC Preview.” Read more

White Moto X front plates are back ordered due to unexpected demand


Want a new Moto X with a white front plate? Bad news. According to the Moto Maker website, any phone with a white front can expect about a 4 week delay. The back order is bad enough that it’s affecting device orders that have already been processed, too.

With the original Moto X, the black model was significantly more popular. This time around, Motorola shifted their focus to the black models to try to keep up with what customers would want, but apparently they guessed wrong and some people are just going to have to wait for their device. Fortunately it looks like the black front devices should ship without any issue, so if you don’t mind what color the front of your new Moto X is, you should grab the black just to speed things up. Read more

Samsung laughs at Apple with bend-related tweet


For the last few weeks, Apple has been the center of attention with the launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8. Some of that attention, though, is negative. A software update rolled out earlier this week was faulty and the company halted it. This was followed by “bendgate,” a situation in which Apple’s iPhones are bending. Samsung is unsurprisingly taking advantage bendgate by promoting the Galaxy Note Edge. In a tweet with the image above attached, Samsung says “Curved. Not bent. #Galaxy Note Edge.”

Earlier on Thursday, LG was in on the fun to promote the LG G Flex.

Source: @SamsungMobile (Twitter)

Verizon selling the Motorola Moto X (2014) starting tomorrow


Tomorrow, Verizon customers will be able to purchase the Moto X (2014) for their network. The Motorola flagship can be purchased through Big Red’s retail stores or online. Moto Maker, the company’s customization service for the Moto X, will be up and running tomorrow as well.

The Moto X (2014) will cost $99/$149 depending upon storage size with a new two-year contract. The carrier is offering a promotion for customers wanting the bamboo white back panel version with a white front. The promotion brings this unique version to the $99 price. Motorola is continuing to focus on price with its latest round of devices.

Source: Verizon Wireless

The Nexus 6 dwarfs the LG G3 in latest leaked image


The Nexus 6 (or Nexus X) leaked last night looking like a Moto X 2014 on steroids, and now we have another image. This one is no render though. It’s the real deal and it’s next to the LG G3, which all of sudden looks rather small.

I am still trying to figure out why Google is doing this. The Nexus is a niche device as it is. With a 5.92-inch display, it now becomes a niche of a niche device.

What do you guys think?

source: XDA


LG takes a shot at Apple’s #bendgate


If you use the internet even occasionally, you’ve definitely heard of #bendgate at this point. As expected, Apple’s competitors have begun taking shots at the tech giant in response to their unintentionally bending phones. Among them is LG, who recently sent out a tweet with a picture of their intentionally curved LG Flex, with a tagline of “Our phone doesn’t bend, it flexes…on purpose. #bendgate.” Check out the tweet via the source link.