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.
The Federal Communications Commission voted earlier today in favor of requiring all carriers in the US to support 911 texting. The support will have to be in place by the end of 2014, according to the Washington Post, but it won't necessarily be available in your region any time soon -- approximately 2-percent of emergency dispatchers can accepts texts.
The Moto X+1 has many Android fans giddy, and with good reason. The original gave the platform a shot in the arm, and was a call to action for other OEMs to step up and deliver a better experience. The refresh for Motorola may come at the end of next month, if a new rumor has any credibility.
Blu, maker of unlocked smartphones, has introduced a new product lineup: the Studios C Series. Ushering in this product line are four new smartphones, the Studio 5.0 C HD and Studio C mini, as well as the Studio 5.0 C and the Studio 5.0 CE. All four handsets are GSM-compatible.