Unable to stop losses, Pantech puts itself up on the sales block

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Although Pantech is not a major player in many markets around the globe, they have been producing some nice Android-based hardware and in doing that, they managed to remain the number three manufacturer in their home country of Korea. Unfortunately for Pantech, the number one and number two companies in Korea are Samsung and LG, which does not leave a lot of market for the third place company to lay claim to. Despite premium devices, like the Pantech Vega Iron 2 and a possible stylus-equipped device, Pantech has now experienced six consecutive quarters of losses. New reports indicate Pantech is now seeking a buyer to come in and scoop up the company. Read more

Latest rumor says HTC One (M8) Eye to launch in October with new camera

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We already got wind a couple weeks ago that HTC was working on an update to their flagship HTC One (M8) for a fall release. A new Twitter post from @LlabTooFeR is consistent with our previous guess that HTC was working on an October release date for the new HTC One (M8) Eye.

Along with the date, @LlabTooFeR seems to confirm the main change for the device is the upgrade to the camera, moving it from a 4MP ultrapixel camera to a standard 13MP unit. The unit also appears to be coming with Android 4.4.4 and Sense 6.0 loaded.

According to previous reports, HTC still has a separate HTC Eye smartphone and an action camera to compete with GoPro ready for release as well.

source: @LlabTooFeR

Influx of Moto X (2014) pre-orders causes Motorola to send delay notice

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The Moto X (2014) was expected to be shipping by now, but so many pre-orders have been placed that customers are being sent delay notices. The demand is so great that Motorola will not even provide a backorder option for the 32GB model. Prospective buyers have to opt for the 16GB model to complete an order.

To move things along, Motorola has reportedly brought in another manufacturer from China to assemble Moto Maker devices.

Via: Droid Life

Google requiring expanded presence of its apps for Android manufacturers

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When an Android manufacturer wants to include Google applications on devices, they must sign the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA). This agreement is why Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and a bunch of others can use things like Google Play. Without something like Google Play, users would be left with meager alternatives. Google has made some changes to the MADA that expands the company’s software presence on Android devices this year.

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Moto 360 advertisement emphasizes its craftsmanship

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To promote its round Android Wear smartwatch, Motorola is rolling out a “Choose Moto 360” advertisement. The ad that runs for nearly one minute shows the design process of the Moto 360 from start to finish. It covers everything from early drawings (without the ambient light sensor) to getting its leather strap. The finished product wraps up the ad with a voice command.

Hit the break for the video.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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