Video: BLU Pure XR Unboxing and Tour

BLU announced the released the Pure XR today, its latest smartphone to pack a mighty punch for a relatively inexpensive price. Available right now on Amazon for $299, BLU has baked in everything they could to make the Pure XR compete with some of the best phones on the market. If you need a fingerprint reader, it has it. Octa-core processor? It has that, too.

BLU was kind enough to ship us over a unit in the White and Gold look. but there is also a Grey model available for the same price. Specifications for the device includes a 5.5″ Full HD display (1080×1920), MediaTek Helio P10 64-bit 2GHz octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 16 mega-pixel rear-facing camera with f/1.8, Android 6.0 “Marshmallow,” and LTE connectivity for all major GSM carriers.  (more…)

Fitbit Intros Charge 2 and Flex 2 Fitness Trackers, Pre-Sale Starts Today

Fitbit introduced two updated fitness tracking devices this morning, the Charge 2 and Flex 2. The Charge 2, a sequel to Fitbit’s successful Charge HR, features updated tracking data, as well as an enlarged display and interchangeable bands. The Flex 2, a follow-up to the Fitbit Flex, brings a redesigned look, swim-proof design with swim tracking and a completely automatic exercise tracking experience.  (more…)

Moto Z DROID Finally Getting First Update With July’s Security Patch

The Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID are receiving updates at the moment, likely the updates that Motorola told us to expect shortly after launch as they were embroiled in monthly security update drama.

The updates are arriving as build MCL24.246-36 and weigh in at about 436MB. They seem to take a really long time to download too, by the way, so make sure you are ready for them with plenty of battery.  (more…)

Report: HTC ‘One A9s’ (Yes, Seriously) to be Announced at IFA

According to VentureBeat, HTC will announce a new device at IFA this year, the One A9s. Why is this name so laughable? Well, it’s quite the story, actually. When HTC launched the One A9 last year, many people said it looked just like an iPhone. The resemblance to an iPhone 6 is eerie, and for HTC to come back a year later to simply add an “s” to the name is even more hysterical. Sure, there’s only so much you can do with the design of a phone (and we aren’t here to argue who copied who), but to add an “s,” the exact same thing Apple does, it’s just embarrassing.

Moving on, because who really cares about the name, VentureBeat reports that HTC will announce the device during the first day of IFA. As for what’s changing, not much has been said. However, a press render of the device has been leaked alongside the report, and wouldn’t you know it, HTC decided to make it look even more like an iPhone 6. You can’t make this up, folks.  (more…)

Supposed NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2016) Hits the FCC, Along With Updated SHIELD Controller

According to a FCC filing made public, NVIDIA may launch an updated SHIELD Android TV console this year. Listed in the documents, the console carries a model number of P2897, but due to confidentiality requests from NVIDIA, not much else is known. Inside the filing, but not viewable by the public, everything you might want to see is inside, including user manuals, external photos, and test set-up photos.

Even though we can’t see what it is exactly, we can make a pretty educated guess. Listed under the labeling portion, we see that the device is definitely rectangular in shape, and that the console features 802.11ac WiFi. Officially, the equipment is labeled as the SHIELD Android TV Game Console.  (more…)

T-Mobile Tweaks Unlimited ONE Plan After Backlash, Adds ONE “Plus” Option

Shortly after T-Mobile introduced the T-Mobile ONE plan a couple of weeks back, the backlash over its sneakiness and lack of value was swift and harsh. And rightfully so, as the plan wasn’t exactly built to be the ultimate unlimited plan that T-Mobile described. It included a number of major issues, like the fact that it was a terrible option for individuals who like HD video and need high-speed data for tethering.

Today, because T-Mobile says that it does “something the [other] carriers would never do,” which is listen to customer feedback, changes to the ONE plan have been introduced, along with a new “Plus” option.

So what’s new? Quite a bit actually.  (more…)