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HTC today cut the cord on virtual reality hardware by introducing the Vive Focus, a standalone VR headset that does not need to be tethered to a personal computer or smartphone. The Vive Focus is a completely self-contained solution with all of the necessary hardware integrated to the headset itself, including a high-resolution AMOLED screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC). The trade off is that the Vive Focus is not as powerful a solution as the regular Vive, which must be plugged into a relatively burly PC and delivers high-end gaming experiences. However, the Snapdragon 835... Read more...
Virtual reality has an enormous amount of potential, and can deliver an equally enormous amount of fun. Sometimes, though, being plucked entirely from reality isn't ideal. While for some games, using only the wireless controllers is needed, not all VR games need to be played while standing. In those cases, where a keyboard and mouse is still the preferred go-to for control, VR can complicate things by, well, not letting you see those peripherals. Logitech has come to the rescue with a solution, and it's called Logitech Bridge. Note that it's not a brand-new keyboard purpose-built for VR... it's... Read more...
Yesterday HTC unveiled a slick new flagship smartphone called the U11 Plus that it has curiously not decided to sell in the U.S. The official reasoning for that device to skip the States was because HTC didn’t want to offend recent U11 buyers. An interesting new report has turned up that will make you wonder if the U11 Plus isn't being offered in the U.S. for another reason. If you looked at the U11 Plus and thought that the specs sounded a lot like the Pixel 2 XL (check out our review), there is a good reason for that according to one report. It seems that Google was going back and forth on which... Read more...
It has been rumored for several weeks now that HTC was coming out with a new smartphone that has a full front display, and it turns out the chatter was true. HTC today announced a couple of new phones, the U11 Life and U11+, the latter of which is the more interesting of the two. It is a stunning phone with a 6-inch Super LCD display with a 2880x1440 resolution and HDR10 support, and we almost feel guilty telling you about it. Why? HTC is not releasing it in the United States—drats! Apparently HTC felt that launching the U11+ in the US would offend users who purchased the recent U11 model. We can... Read more...
HTC has been coy about its upcoming U11 Plus handset, only hinting about it in a Twitter post. Well, notorious leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as @OnLeaks on Twitter, did HTC one better by posting what looks to be an official press render of the U11 Plus, along with a YouTube video and some information about the phone's dimensions. This is presumed to be the first look at the finalized design. The U11 Plus bears a resemblance to Apple's iPhone 8 models. It is a premium handset with curved corners that measures 158.22 mm (L) x 74.2 mm (W) x 8.5mm-9.1mm (D). According to Hemmerstoffer, it... Read more...
News broke Wednesday morning that HTC had suspended trading ahead of a major business announcement, and now we're learning the details of this blockbuster move. While Google is definitely the other party in this new venture, it's not exactly the arrangement that was rumored earlier this month. Google announced that it will give HTC a $1.1 billion cash infusion in exchange for some key members of the company's smartphone team. According to Google, many of these HTC employees have already gotten a taste of the “Googler” life as they have been involved in the development of its flagship Pixel family... Read more...
There have been rumors that Google is considering a buyout of HTC, a longtime supporter of the company's Android operating system for mobile device. Those rumors are picking up steam on the heels of the Taiwanese Stock Exchange (TWSE) announcing plans to halt trading in share of HTC "pending the release of material information." Reading between the lines, it seems TWSE wants HTC and Google to either confirm or deny the rumors. "The company will apply for resumption of trading after the release of material information," TWSE stated, noting that the temporary halt of trading in HTC shares will begin... Read more...
Tell me if you've heard this one before. Google, which is heavily invested in the smartphone market, wants to purchase a smartphone OEM in order to control all aspects of smartphone design from the hardware to the software. Google's first foray into this territory occurred with its purchase of Motorola Mobility in 2012. However, the company got cold feet, and sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo in 2014. Fast forward to today, and Google is reportedly once again looking to purchase a major smartphone OEM. In this case, Google is looking to purchase HTC's phone division, which has fallen far from grace... Read more...
HTC was once one of the top smartphone manufacturers in the world, but is now having a hard time competing against the likes of Samsung and Apple. HTC has seen its market value decline a whopping 75 percent over the last half decade, leaving it valued at around $1.8 billion. The smartphone maker currently holds less than 2 percent of the global smartphone market. Not all is doom and gloom though; the company is doing well with its Vive VR business and a rumor floating around claims that HTC is considering selling or spinning off this business. A person claiming to be familiar with discussions... Read more...
A pricing war has been initiated in the virtual reality (VR) headset market. Facebook struck the first blow back in July, and now HTC is getting in on the discount bandwagon thanks to a $200 price cut on its Vive VR headset. In this case, the price falls from a lofty $799 down to a slightly more manageable $599. While any price cut will likely be appreciated by the buying public, it’s hard to argue that $600 is still a lot of money to pay for VR immersion. Add on the cost of a high-end gaming PC to take full advantage of the Vive, and you’ll looking at $1,500 or more investment. However, HTC believes... Read more...
The sleuths over at reddit have dug around inside the FCC documents library and unearthed what appear to be details on the Google Pixel 2 smartphone, which is built by HTC. Much of the details that the FCC offers are mundane testing reports that shed little information on what the device will offer consumers when it lands. However, there does appear to be at least one link that offers scant detail on the device. The information includes some screenshots from the Settings menu of the smartphone that show us how to get to the FCC labels inside the menu. What we can glean from those setting is that... Read more...
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...
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