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Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” Won’t Waterproof Your Phone Either

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Guess what, a software update can’t actually waterproof your phone. A phone (at least any of today’s current models) can’t sense “changes in thermo-distribution” and shut your phone down should it come in contact with water. What am I referring to? This week’s iOS 7 waterproofing debacle of course. 

For those not familiar, a fake ad that spread across these vast interwebs over the weekend claimed that an update to iOS 7 would waterproof your phone and that “Apple’s warranty policy” covers it. Users who upgraded then decided it was a good idea to test this new magic waterproofing. You can imagine the outcome. This story has so many lulz in it.

Not that we would ever expect you to believe that a software update could physically change the hardware of a smartphone, we just want to make sure it’s clear before something similar potentially happens when Android 4.4Kit Kat” is released in the coming months, that you are covered. OK, that’s mostly a lie. We really just wanted to take this opportunity to laugh at those who updated to iOS 7 this week and then proceeded to dunk their phones in water.

Cheers Josh!

  • http://www.mobileosworld.com/ Xen Lee
  • KG

    $20 for anyone that makes an Ad for “iOS 7 Birth-Control” feature update….Is there an app for Plan-B?

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    What a bunch of idiots.

  • Jimmyjammer

    The bigger joke is people around the net believing that people went through with it.

  • Steve B

    I hope Ron didn’t fall for this…

  • chris420o

    HAHAHAAHAHAH

  • Mordecaidrake

    Bhahahahahah

  • merlin

    Someone should do a study comparing the IQ’s of iPhone users with Android users.

  • tangela3brow

    my Aunty Allison recently got metallic Subaru XV Crosstrek SUV only from working parttime off a pc… image source R­i­n­g­7­7­.ℭ­o­m­

  • Jr Cardenas

    Males me feel awesome because I actually have a water resistant phone. Yay for Xperia Z!!!

    • chris420o

      jealous…sony gets it…those bezels though

  • http://www.techendeavour.com Rahul Aggarwal

    Well it may not be that far fetched to believe that a combination of hardware and software can actually do the trick to switch off the phone completely the moment it get’s in touch with water. Nice idea infact !!!

    Meanwhile, do join us on our webinar on “iOS: Looking beyond Parallax” on October 9th at 9am Central. The registration link can be found at our Endeavour website.

  • Mike Hilal

    Trollery at it’s finest. Bravo.

  • RaptorOO7

    Clearly goes to show just how STUPID ios users are.

  • a3uge

    Come on guys, the story references only FOUR Tweets as proof of widespread iPhone water dunking and they all seem to indicate in later tweets or the initial tweet that they didn’t actually dunk their phone under water. Not everything on the internet you read about people reading about on the internet is true.

  • Alain Lafond

    True, there’s a lotsa dum peoples in this world… lol

  • [A]dri[A]n

    Anyone who actually tried this has reached a new level of stupidity.

  • cheese

    I kid you not Apple fans are excited over a small change in the icon of the flashlight when you turn it on/off.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/iphone/comments/1n12mr/its_the_little_things_that_apple_does_to_their/

  • master94

    Apple users are so dumb. They have to be to buy Apple in the first place

    • Prince Campbell III

      That is actually true. I have read where some people who have an iphone say it’s easier to use than a Android phone. So pretty much they don’t want to take the time to learn how to use an Android, but they are still lost when they try and use an iphone, I don’t get it at all.

  • http://www.tech-compass.com/ Tech-Compass

    It’s shocking if anyone actually tried this and ruined their IPhone, Also a little late for an April fools prank!!

  • Nathaniel Newman

    My Casio Commando 4G is water proof! :D

  • noc007

    For those that thought iOS7 would make their phone waterproof, I have a fantastic plot of grassy land in the Sahara Desert for only $20k.

  • Skwisgaar

    This is not all that far fetched…I’m pretty sure most iDouches believe their phone cures cancer as well. Or wait…that’s coming with the iPhone 6…my mistake. However it still won’t have a 5″ screen.

  • bakdroid

    This is exactly why sterilization of the public is needed.

  • John

    i find it amusing that people will use this article to further validate their point of view that all iPhone users are stupid isheep, instead of using logic to realize that stupid people are everywhere.

    Willful ignorance when it fits your ideas

    • Destroythanet

      Haha agreed. Moronic fanboy haters are everywhere, whether they support Apple or Android.

      • cheese

        I don’t understand corporate fanboys. Why be completely biased and cut you off into one corporate ecosystem? It’s just… dumb.

        I like gadgets. I hold no allegiance to any multinational corporation

    • Mike Hilal

      There are stupid people all over, including android phone users. There are just more that use idevices.

  • pappy53

    If the article had stated Kit Kat instead of iOS 7, then the Android phones would have gotten dunked. Oh, I forgot, Kit Kat isn’t out yet. Hardly any 4.3, either.

  • yummy

    iLarious!

  • jamdev12

    Once you get KitKat on your Android phone, your phone can be eaten if you ever end up stranded in an elevator or stuck on a deserted island. Just make sure you keep it away from the sun though. It melts in your hands not in your mouth.

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    At work i hand out corporate phones. One guy dropped his iPhone 5 in a pool while on vacation and then thought it would be best to freeze the water out so he put it in the freezer. Expanded water busted the phone open. Duh!?

  • Chris

    most of those people in that source article are around 10 years old Serves them right. Serves the parents right for giving a phone to their kid at such a young age.

  • Ryan

    HAHAHAHA I bet Ron tried this!

  • James Hill

    I hear if your phone gets the kit-kat update, you can freeze your phone to make it taste better.

  • dizel123

    Only iSheep would fall for this. Wow!

    • Chris

      there are some pretty stupid android users too…

      but just look at the source link. Those who were mad on twitter were all kids bellow the age of 14

      • kidtronic

        …who gives an 11 year old an iPhone.

        • Paul Hansen

          Sadly, far too many parents

        • Mark Mann

          i knew a 5 year old that had one…just sayin’

          • Jonathan Williams

            My 20 month old has been using my Droid X for months.

      • Mark Mann

        they were bellowing the age of 14? why on earth would they do that?

  • tomn1ce

    WOW just wow…..

  • JDub

    Can we get Ron to verify this does or does not work?

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    Luckily most phones won’t get 4.4 for about a year and a half so we won’t need to worry about this bad press for 18 months.

    • Dustin Newkirk

      Late October. For those who use custom roms.

      • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

        True that! Luckily most people that are ROMming won’t be susceptible to these types of issues…

  • Radgatt

    I hope Ron didn’t fall for this.

    • New_Guy

      “You should get the Moto X, but I’m still getting the iPhone. It’s waterproof…”

      “Dammit!!!”

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      I find your lack of faith disturbing.

      • aQuickBit

        As always, a good sense of humor: ✔

  • What’s going on?

    Damn news is slow today. So boring lol

  • Jpx

    Water-proof… impressive. But not as impressive as Kit-Kat making your phone chocolate fondue-proof!

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Is it possible that an update to ios7 could actually make people dumber. Wow I havent laughed this hard since a kid in my Hardware Config class was upset because he put his keyboard in the dish washer and totally thrashed it.

  • Guest

    Can I test this theory?

    • Guy Pierce

      I posted but says guest. (Above)!

      • 1bad69z28

        Ahhh, I see what you did there!!

        • Guy Pierce

          Thanks for understanding!

          • 1bad69z28

            :)

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      We need a GIF of an Android defecating onto an Apple.

      • jisaac16

        Just don’t make that your emblem in COD, got banned from making emblems for a week for that one!

    • New_Guy

      You, my friend, are a genius.

      • Guy Pierce

        Thanks Old_Guy! I try.

        • New_Guy

          Yeah I suppose I’m not so new anymore. I knew this day would come, I just didn’t know it’d come so quickly!

          :)

    • RaptorOO7

      Nice! Hey do you have that in 1920×1080 for my GN3 wallpaper? :)

      • Frettfreak

        there are quite a few on google images, but somehow you cant search for that specific dimension.. HOWEVER… check this out… its a LIVE wallpaper!! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=crushers.blue.androidfunlwp&hl=en

        • michael arazan

          There are a ton of sites with hd wallpapers, a few of them even detect the screen resolution of your phone and tell you which picture to download that matches your resolution, just Google HD wallpapers, its usuall one of the top 3-5 searches

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    This shows how STUPID iOS users really are…..They truly do have the mentality of sheep.

    • KleenDroid

      Sadly I think this generation of kids would provide a percentage that would fall for this no matter what phone they have.

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        I think the Internet is to blame for this. Today’s kids are extremely gullible. No street smarts.

        • Chris

          todays kids only care about themselves and what some stupid celebrity is doing.

          • NF

            And I’m sure you were the most studious individual, except every other single person in your generation.
            You didn’t follow what some sports team was doing, watching every game they played and believing they were somehow the best team? Did anybody in your generation?
            Yes, some kids today have some degree of selfishness and some desire to follow the activities of people who are popular, but has that really changed that much since you were a kid?

        • NF

          The Internet is making people stupid? That makes no sense. The Internet is a vast community where everyone has a voice. That’s where you get into the “kids these days” mentality. There’s a lot more noise. Street smarts? Well, street’s relative. More kids know about computer technology today than they did ten years ago. That’s the culture today. What kind of street smarts do kids today lack that we need? How to milk a cow?

          No matter where or when you go, you’ll find stupidity. If I hear a quote from Lincoln, I don’t necessarily believe it because somebody told me. I don’t necessarily ignore it. I can research such a quote myself using the Internet, the world’s vast collection of knowledge.

          What you’re arguing is that knowledge makes people stupid.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            The internet has taken away human interaction. People are more gullible these days, you can thank the internet for that.

          • NF

            Ironically, I don’t believe that. Prove it.

            People have always been gullible
            War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast
            People under the reign of Louis XIV believed that he was chosen by God to rule
            People in early civilizations thought that their king was a god.

            That’s pretty crazy.
            Oh, a small group of people got their electronics wet. So what?
            The world isn’t being destroyed by aliens.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            I can’t prove it to you. This is something you would have to see yourself. I cannot give you vision.

          • NF

            If you can’t prove that people are more gullible, then you can’t refute that people have always been this gullible.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Again, I cannot give you the vision. People choose to be blind. When you’re in a blind state, you will not believe things people tell you. (i.e. YOU)

          • NF

            LOL I was going to respond to this with a well thought out paragraph but then I realized you’re trolling me. Good job.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            xD

      • kidtronic

        The older, less technologically savvy generation is far more likely to fall for this kind of thing. Unless you’re referring to actual little kids. In which case, that has nothing to do with the generation.

        • KleenDroid

          No I don’t mean little kids. Do you really think little children read fake stories on the Internet or have iphones?

          Older less technological savvy people still have common sense.

          Yes “kidtronic” I actually mean the young adults walking around with cell phones that if asked who the vice president was would respond with…. uh…uh…uh Linkin?

          • kidtronic

            Apparently, there are little kids with iPhones. Sadly, they do have access to the internet and yes, they are incredibly gullible. But you seem to think that idiocy is something that this “new” generation of kids invented. If you truly believe that, you’re only proving my point that stupidity transcends generations. The dumb kids from your generation are now dumb adults, and probably raised the dumb kids you are complaining about.

            Edit: Common sense goes out the window with old people and technology. Bless their hearts, they can be absolutely clueless.

          • KleenDroid

            Lol

          • kidtronic

            Lol indeed

    • niuguy

      Stupidity isn’t limited to one segment of consumers.

    • Chris

      There are some pretty stupid android users…… most unaware that it was Apple that paved android to where it is today.

      just research android’s early days and see. It wasn’t always touched and app based.

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        Ok, since you’re coming up with preposterous claims that Android was not touch based, you have the burden of proof. Bring a link please. Matter of fact, I paused typing this, to look for proof myself. Can’t find none. Android BETA SDK was released November 5th, 2007. This same SDK went public in 2008. You’re full of sh*t.

        • Chris
          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Ok, you are referring to a concept device. What about Apple’s concept devices? Commercially, Android was touch based from day 1. Now what about this claim of yours that Android was not App based? If you look at the Android prototype, it had apps. Do you even know what App means? It means application. Applications are nothing new, they have been around since DOS days.

          • Chris

            Still, it was an early android prototypes. As the photo I posted shows, it wasn’t always touched based.

            How about you take a chill pill and come back to me when you’ve calm down…. ok?

            bye…

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            I bet some early iPhone concept devices weren’t touch either. You need to stop spreading lies. Also, nice way of ignoring the app proof.

          • bkosh84

            Chris basically just pwned you.. Time to stop now.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            No, he did not. He compared an early prototype device to a retail version of the iPhone. Either compare prototypes to prototypes, or public release to public release.

        • Chris

          Can’t forget this one

        • Mark Mann

          double negative is proof positive…oh never mind, you won’t get it

        • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

          Android was originally designed to compete with Blackberry, which in 2006 was the major player for smartphones. Apple announced the iPhone in Janurary of 2007, just more than a year after Google had purchased Android. At the time Android was not touch based (as you saw from the prototype below). Google continued to work on Android and in response to the iPhone made it touch based. The G1 was released in 2008 with a touch screen, but was still heavily reliant on its hardware buttons (hence the lack of a virtual keyboard, sliding qwerty, trackball, and five physical buttons for phone, home, back, menu, and end call).

          • zurginator

            Android was actually originally designed to compete with Windows Mobile, as BlackBerry wasn’t really a player in the consumer device market at the time.

            The interesting thing here is that the first release of the SDK (with support for touch and large screens), as well as the release of this video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1FJHYqE0RDg#t=175 ) and hardware reference design took place one month before the infamous photograph of the BlackBerry-esque device. This means that Google wasn’t working with just one prototype, but several, which really shouldn’t be a surprise at all, if you think about what Google wanted Android to be.

          • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

            The Pearl was released in 2006, the Curve in 2007, and the Storm in 2008. All three of those phones were popular in the consumer space (mostly due to BOGO deals, but still popular). I’d say Blackberry was a player in the consumer space just as much as Windows Mobile was. Both were designed for business, however, not consumers. You could maybe argue that some of Samsung and HTC’s variants (particularly Samsung’s Omnia line) were more consumer facing, but they always had a heavy business tilt.

      • Corey Foltman

        i dont think i would say apple paved the way. but like its been said before, they both used eachothers improvements to better their own OS.

        Samsung on the other hand, is pretty clearly taking the actual design of the phone itself…single home button, silver band around the entire device. Really Samsung? Really?!?

  • KleenDroid

    When I heard this earlier I thought it was the funniest thing I heard all day.

  • jbdan

    *cracking up here* =D

  • Booyabobby

    Hey guys i got some magic fairy dust that will make your phone waterproof. Very cheap. Hit me up!

  • Anthony

    this guy deserves a medal

  • drose0

    I think I’m going to start sending that pic out to all the iSheep I know.

  • Steve Ballmer

    People who believed this deserved what they got. Bunch of mindless isheep.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      Says Ballmer LMFAO! *The context*

    • KleenDroid

      I would love to know how many tried this and took their phones in.

      But I doubt there would be too many that would admit it.

    • Josh Holtrust

      People are mindless no matter the OS they use. If iOS users fell for this don’t think for a second Android users wouldn’t as well.

      • Logan

        Grow up. Most people I know that use an Android powered phone know that a software update has nothing to do with the phones water proof abilities.

        • Josh Holtrust

          I am grown. Thank you for your concern, though. I’m an Android user, but ALL of the people I know that use iOS devices know just as well that a software update will not make your phone waterproof.

          Might I suggest looking at yourself before telling others to grow up…?

        • Corey Foltman

          You obviously don’t come in contact with the general public. I have met plenty of dumb Android users, as well as iPhone users.

          “Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!” – George Carlin

          • Raven

            +1 for the Carlin quote.
            Also:
            “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” – Robert A. Heinlein

          • http://www.nclf.net/ Goldman60

            Disclaimer: The George Carlin quote is mathematically wrong

            Proof:
            Given a set of 4 numbers [1,1,1,1]

            Calculate the average: (1+1+1+1)/4 = 1

            Since half the numbers in the original set are NOT less then 1, his therom is incorrect.

          • Gasaraki

            The quote is talking about the “average person”, NOT actually averaging 4 people…

            (Person 1 = IQ of 2, Person 2=IQ of 4, Person 3=IQ of 6, Person 4=IQ of 8)

            (2+4+6+8/4=5)

            (“Half of them” = Person 1 & 2 are stupider = true)

          • WhyIGottaPickName

            Of you take average to mean “mean”, then of course. Simpler example is [1,1,1,1,1,100000]. If you take average to mean “median”, then it works just fine.

      • Skwisgaar

        True….but Apple users are a special kind of mindless. Borders on fascinating…should be studied.

      • Jimmyjammer

        Agreed, it’s sad how intolerable android fans have become. Much more arrogant than the apple owners I know.

  • Dan

    I’m sure i’ll hear this in the grocery store “kathy did you hear the new update for ya phone makes it wataproof!”