Project Ara, the modular smartphone, is a concept way ahead of its time. By allowing us to switch out components built around a skeletal framework, Google wants to ensure we get the phone we want — every time. The team behind Ara have announced a few exciting pieces of news that could see us in a modular phone sooner than expected.
If you’re an Android enthusiast, chances are you’re not too moved by a 4.7-inch screen. For iPhone users, a bigger screen is a feature many have wanted for quite some time, and is all but confirmed as coming to them soon. Are current iPhone users excited enough to trade-in their existing phones for the next big iThing, though? According to a few different smartphone trade-in sites, they are -- more than ever.
It looks like Walmart is clearing out its iPhone stock ahead of the upcoming iPhone 6 launch, with the retailer drastically cutting prices for the iPhone 5s (check out our review) and the iPhone 5c. The latter, in particular, will now run you less than one dollar with the company's new price cut.
Sony has launched six apps specifically designed for underwater use, a move that aims to increase consumers' awareness of waterproof phones (such as its Xperia Z) and perhaps give incentive to pick one up. The apps are available now on the Google Play Store, and include things like a big-eyed gold fish.
The Mozilla Flame phone for developers, having been available for pre-order for a few months, is now shipping. Mozilla calls this latest handset "a milestone in Firefox OS device releases", saying its specs pave the way for developers to get busy creating without the hassle of device-centric issues.
The HTC One (M8) is perhaps the most premium Android phone we’ve ever seen. The metal housing is a joy to put in your hand, but can be a bit subdued to look at. If you’ve been wanting a One (M8), but aren’t a fan of the plain aesthetic, there is good news. HTC is working with art studio PHUNK to create a fresh take on the rear of the One.
Tizen, Samsung’s home-grown OS that was originally believed to do battle with Android, may be set to do battle on another front. Samsung has limited it to use on their wearables, like the Gear Fit and Galaxy Gear. While they’re still keen to get it onto smartphones, they might do it with devices that are a bit more comparable to wearables.
Blackphone was originally billed as the most secure Android phone you could get. That claim may have been upended, as a hacker going by the handle @TeamAndIRC has gained root access using the Android Debugging Bridge (ADB). Blackphone is mildly disputing the security exploit, but also commend the team for bringing it to light.