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HTC's flagship U11 smartphone offers a lot of perks, but if you're an Amazon Alexa fan, you could very well find yourself loving the device even more thanks to the AI's introduction. This isn't a mere Amazon app found on the device, but an officially supported implementation from HTC. Whereas on other non-Amazon Android devices, saying "Alexa" would yield no results, the situation is different on the HTC U11. Just as you can use your Amazon Echo to use Alexa, you can talk to your U11 to play music, hear the daily news, and of course, shop from Amazon's online store. There are caveats, though,... Read more...
Companies can be a little overzealous when it comes to serving up ads. Even so, HTC appeared to hit a new low when its TouchPal keyboard that comes pre-installed on some Android devices started pushing out ads to users. This did not sit well with affected users, many of which took to posting their grievance on Reddit. Doing so attracted a lot of negative attention. It also resulted in an apology from HTC, which chalked the ads up to some kind of "error.""Due to an error, some HTC customers have reported seeing ads on their phone's keyboard. This is absolutely not the experience we intended, and... Read more...
While nothing is yet official, there is some evidence to suggest that HTC will be building Google's forthcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 handsets, which are due out later this year. That would not be shocking—HTC built Google's original Pixel and Pixel XL phones last year and the two have been partners in the hardware space for quite some time, as Google does not currently manufacture its own hardware.The latest news comes from a Japanese-language blog that took a peek inside HTC's U11 system files. Inside the blog found entries pointing to international versions of the Ocean, which is the codename... Read more...
The HTC U11 is just dying to be your new main squeeze. HTC is advertising the device as the “#1 smartphone camera on the markets” and boasts that many of the phone’s interactions can be accessed with a simple squeeze. The HTC U11 incorporates Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 64GB of onboard storage, 4GB of RAM, and 3000 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It includes a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD 5 screen with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and display color personalization. The HTC U11 includes microSD expansion up to 2TB and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector. The device also boasts a liquid glass... Read more...
When HTC announced the U Ultra earlier this year with a Snapdragon 821 processor, many were disappointed that Qualcomm’s newfangled Snapdragon 835 wasn’t powering the device. However, the Taiwanese company was quick to point out that it would release a new flagship that would be powered by Qualcomm’s best smartphone SoC. “We want to have a couple of months of leadership before the next flagship CPU comes. But that will be in another period of time- not at MWC,” said HTC President Chialin Chang. “Not for us or any other player. I can tell you that for sure. When the new CPU comes, HTC will have... Read more...
LG just recently launched its swanky G6 flagship, and Samsung will set off a nuke in the Android smartphone marketplace with its Galaxy S8 and S8+ later this week (although T-Mobile jumped the gun for its customers that preordered the smartphones). But what about HTC? Once a name synonymous with high-end Android smartphones, the company has fallen off the radar screen for most buyers in recent years. However, with excitement building around the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 family, HTC is doing the next best thing that it can to court potential customers: price cuts. In this case, HTC is cutting... Read more...
It's becoming increasingly clear that HTC is putting a lot of its weight behind virtual reality (VR), and it's no doubt for good reason. The company is currently responsible for one of the best VR kits on the market (HTC Vive), and with the entire VR realm growing at an alarming rate, the company stands to benefit handsomely for its efforts. For that reason, it's not a surprise to learn that HTC is planning to release more VR headsets in the future; but its next product is going in a slightly different direction. It's not going to be a true Vive successor, and it's not going to be a "copycat" device,... Read more...
Earlier this month, HTC announced its latest flagship: the U Ultra. The smartphone comes packing a 5.7-inch QHD which is joined by a second 2-inch (160x1040) “ticker” display for notifications. Other features include 4GB RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, a 12MP rear camera and a front-facing 16MP camera. Conspicuously missing, however, was Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 835 processor. In its place was last year’s top-end chip, the Snapdragon 821, which itself is a slightly higher-clocked Snapdragon 820. As we learned earlier in the week, this is due to the fact that Samsung hoarded the initial... Read more...
HTC is back at it again with a brand new flagship that will take on the next wave of smartphones from Samsung and LG. While HTC hasn’t in recent years found the same success that it once did in the early days of Android, the company is hoping that its new U Series family will improve its fortunes. The U Ultra is the true flagship of the family, featuring a large 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) display. Complimenting that primary display is smaller 2-inch (160x1040) screen that is used to show reminders, notifications and your favorite contacts (among other things). In a break from previous HTC flagships,... Read more...
While shoppers are busy trampling over each other in pursuit of the hottest Black Friday deals, HTC 10 owners can sit back and wait for a treat that is arriving at no cost. It's Nougat, the delicious Android 7.0 update that is being pushed out today to unlocked HTC 10 devices. It's not clear how HTC might be staggering the release, but the company did confirm that testing is finished and that it is rolling out Nougat starting today.The caveat here is that only unlocked HTC 10 handsets are getting the update. While HTC was able to complete what it calls TA (technical assistance) testing, wireless... Read more...
We told you earlier this week about the MSI VR One, which allows you to freely roam around in a virtual environment, completely unencumbered by wires. The VR One accomplishes this feat by strapping a fully functional gaming PC on your back, complete with GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics, Intel Core i7 processor and a $2,000 price tag. However, what if you could achieve the nearly the same wireless freedom for roughly one tenth the price of the VR One? That’s where TPCast comes into view. TPCast is a startup company that was birthed from the HTC Vive X accelerator program, and its accessory for the... Read more...
When Google launched its Android Wear platform for wearable devices a couple of years ago, HTC was listed among a collection of nearly two dozen partners said to be working on a smartwatch utilizing the specialty OS. HTC's name still sits on that list, though here we are two and a half years later and the company has yet to announce an Android Wear smartwatch. Will it ever? Newly leaked photos suggests the answer is yes, and perhaps soon.The first rumor that HTC was working on a smartwatch came in 2013, though it was never interested in releasing a gimmicky product. Half a year later, Google brought... Read more...
Google just announced its Pixel smartphones, but unfortunately for Google, the beans were already spilled prior to the official debut. As expected, the Pixel and Pixel XL represent Google’s new approach to smartphones with 5- and 5.5-inch displays respectively and attractive aluminum unibody designs. HTC may have built both smartphones, but Google is taking full credit for the design. Google also is pushing HTC branding aside, and instead brands each as a “Phone by Google”. So what about the hardware lurking inside these phones? Let’s get to it, shall we? The Pixel’s 5-inch display has a 1080p... Read more...
If virtual reality headsets are going to truly break into the mainstream market, there needs to be a lot of content for consumers to devour, and it has to be easily accessible. In recognition of those requisites, HTC's Vive team today announced the global launch of Viveport, its own app store for a variety of VR content and experiences including, education, music, sports, and more. To kick things off, many of what HTC calls "super-hit" titles are available at a discounted rate of just $1 for the next 48 hours. These include Mars Odyssey (normally $7.99), The Music Room Mini (normally $29), Firebird... Read more...
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