Verizon’s Kyocera Hydro Elite has leaked many times before, so the only thing left to happen was for Verizon to officially make the device, well, official. That’s finally happened, with Verizon setting up to offer the device online August 29th for $99.99, after a $50.00 mail-in rebate, and with a new two-year agreement, obviously.
The Hydro Elite is a solid device, with a 720p 4.3 inch screen powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. It’s also packing an 8 megapixel rear camera, LTE support, the ability to stay submerged in up to three feet of water for a half hour. It also has NFC touch-and-share and wireless charging capabilities, which is starting to become a trend for Verizon phones. To help really push the phone over the top, however, is the fact that survivalist expert Bear Grylls will help market the rugged features of this device. There’s a handful of videos on Kyocera’s YouTube channels with Grylls demonstrating the phone’s waterproof features and its unique “Sonic Receiver” technology, which supposedly makes the device audible under noisy circumstances. It’s a pretty crazy marketing scheme, but it’s extremely entertaining either way.
Anybody planning on picking up one of these waterproof phones in the next few days?
source: Verizon Wireless
Rovio loves to try new game concepts. They are apparently planning to release a new game called Angry Birds Go, a kart game sponsored by Red Bull. We don’t know much, but a preview video shows us some limited preview info. The video tells us that we should “look out for some big news. Soon.”
You can check out the video after the break.
While good things come out of Android being the most used mobile operating system around, bad things also come. Like malware. A new survey by the U.S. Department of Homeland security reveals that the majority of malware targeting operating systems in 2012 were intended for Android. An incredible 79% of all smartphone malware last year was meant for Android users, followed by 17% for Symbian phones, 0.7% for iOS users, and 0.3% for Windows Phone.
In a memo, the DHS and FBI say it is because so many Android users continue to run older versions of Android, making their devices open to a number of security vulnerabilities. Google chose not to comment.
Source: All Things D
With the Moto X already out on AT&T and coming to Verizon later this week, we’re seeing official accessories for the new phone make their arrival as well. Today both a desktop and car dock are available for your hands free usage. The desktop dock boasts a comfortable viewing angle making it easy to go hands free. You won’t have to take that protective case off either as the dock supports cases up to 2mm thick. Those of you out there that have ever used a case and had a phone dock can attest to that annoyance.
Consumers now have the option to purchase their customized Moto X through Motorola’s Moto Maker website, as opposed to using AT&T’s site. AT&T customers can now purchase the 16GB model for $199 or the 32GB model for $299 on-contract through Motorola, or they can also choose to get the device off-contract for $579 (16GB) or $629 (32GB). The site promises to ship the device in 8 days. This is pretty good news for those looking for alternate ways to get the device. Verizon Wireless plans to have the phone available by August 29 in black and white, and will have the Moto Maker customization tool available to customers later on, most likely in September, along with other carriers.
Amazon announced the availability of a new API today to help developers further monetize their apps. The Amazon Mobile Associates API is an extension of the company’s Amazon Associates web-based affiliate program, bringing the power of Amazon to Kindle Fire and Android based devices. The new API enables developers to:
Do you wish your Galaxy S 4′s battery lasted a little longer? You’re in luck, as Mophie has just released their Juice Pack case for Samsung’s latest flagship. The Juice Pack is a slick case for the Galaxy S 4 that has an internal 2,300 mAh battery to keep your phone going throughout the day. That’s almost as big as the GS4′s stock battery, so the case should just about double the battery life of the phone. The case has a built-in LED charging light to let you know how much battery the case has, and it’s available in black or white. If you’re interested, you can order yours at the link below.
A new leak from sources in China indicate the fingerprint scanner spotted last week on an HTC One Max will not be present on the device. That would not be the first time a rumor has been squashed regarding the mega-size device HTC that’s getting ready for the market. Some additional details that surfaced seem reasonable though, so they may yet prove to be accurate. Foremost among these is the apparent confirmation that the device will come loaded with Android 4.3 and HTC’s Sense 5.5 UI running on top of that. Sources also indicate the Chinese version of the device will support TD-LTE, which increases the odds that international and North American versions of the device will support LTE for those regions. It also appears HTC is readying a dual-SIM version of the device, likely for Asian markets.
Other hardware specs are still what we think they are, with the device powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and an UltraPixel camera with optical image stabilization. The Chinese source also indicates one of the accessories HTC is working on is a case or sleeve that will not only add protection, but an additional 1250 mAh battery as well.
Although no word on actual markets or pricing has leaked yet, we do expect HTC to reveal the device by late September so it can start selling in the fourth quarter of 2013.
source: 3G Mobile
With the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids tablet showing up in a Korean back-to-school brochure yesterday, it seemed like it was only a matter of time until Samsung made it official. The specs remain the same: 7-inch WSVGA (1,024 x 600) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD slot for storage expansion, 4,000mAh battery, and Android Jelly Bean.
Parents will love the child-friendly interface and the Time Management feature, which allows parents to set the amount of time your child will be able to use the tab. After the time expires, a password protected lock screen appears.
It will be available in Korea next month, followed by the US, UK, Europe, China, and Africa, but no word on pricing. Hit the break for the press release.
In a very cool publicity stunt, LG sent the G2 to space to film Earth. As you can imagine, this is no easy undertaking. It took 45 days of preparation that yielded 58 hours of video. Not to mention serious weather conditions. Eventually LG was able to get the G2 up by balloon and took some amazing footage at low altitudes and as high as the troposphere and stratosphere. That’s upwards of 18 miles where the temperature is -58 degrees F.
What is most amazing is the breaktaking video that the G2 was able to achieve. Unlike the Galaxy Note III, the G2 has optical image stabilization (OIS). In fact it’s the only smartphone with a 13MP camera that sports OIS. As you can imagine, the G2 hanging from a balloon had some serious shake to it, but the video is very smooth. The other factor is low light. Just take a look at the footage from the stratosphere and you will see how the G2 shined in low light.
The Optimus G Pro’s camera impressed me, so I can only imagine how good the G2 camera is going to be. Hit the break to check it out.