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HTC is expected to launch its flagship U12 handset sometime in May. Word on the web is that it will be another new Android phone to wield Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC). Beyond that, we have not heard a whole lot about this device, at least until now—it did not make an appearance at Mobile World Congress (MWC). Over on Twitter, however, a ROM developer has posted what he claims are the full pertinent specs of the U12 handset. We always have to take these things with a grain or two of salt, naturally, though the leaker—LlabTooFeR, developer of the custom MaximusHD ROM for Android—has posted specs of unreleased HTC handsets before that turned out to be true. This... Read more...
There is some moving and shaking going on at HTC, which is seemingly the result of Google acquiring key members from the company's smartphone team. In the aftermath of that deal, HTC today announced that Chialin Chang is stepping down as President of the company's Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, effective immediately, with no one named as his replacement. It's an interesting albeit unsurprising development. As part of a $1.1 billion deal with Google, HTC sent some of its top smartphone engineers to Mountain View, including ones who worked on Google's Pixel devices. The deal also granted Google a non-exclusive license to use HTC's intellectual property. Leading up to the deal, there... Read more...
Four months after announcing a $1.1 billion agreement to acquire most of HTC's phone division, and specifically the company's Pixel division, Google today announced that it has officially finalized the deal. The team that is now a part of Google is the same one that Google work with in developing its newest flagship phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as its previous generation Pixel handsets. "I’m delighted that we’ve officially closed our deal with HTC, and are welcoming an incredibly talented team to work on even better and more innovative products in the years to come. These new colleagues bring decades of experience achieving a series of 'firsts' particularly in the smartphone... Read more...
HTC's latest smartphone didn't make it in time for CES 2018, but the company is unveiling its latest mid-range device today. Called the U11 EYEs, this smartphone is aimed at budget-conscious smartphone buyers that put an emphasis on taking selfies. The "EYEs" references the fact that the smartphone features dual front-facing "selfie" cameras. In this case, there are two 5MP sensors (f/2.2) that allow you to take selfies in portrait mode (which the ever-popular bokeh effect). This should provide results similar to what you would find on the rear cameras of flagship smartphones. The dual cameras are also used for face unlock, and have the ability to decipher whether they are looking at a real person... Read more...
In the wake of aggressive price slashing from the competition in recent months, HTC just showed the world that it is committed to VR, now and into the future. At CES, the company announced the Vive Pro, a upgraded version of the original Vive VR headset with a higher resolution and other tweaks, and a new wireless adapter that is compatible with both the original Vive and the new Vive Pro. Let's start with the new headset. The Vive Pro's biggest upgrade is the resolution—it has been bumped up to 2880x1660, or 1440x1600 per eye, which translates to 615 pixels per inch. Some were expecting an upgrade to 4K, but what HTC unveiled instead is a 78 percent increase over the Vive's 2160x1200 (1080x1200... Read more...
If you've been following the tech world over the past two weeks, Apple hasn't had this much negative attention aimed at its products since the MacBook Pro battery life fiasco stirred by Consumer Reports, or perhaps the iPhone 4 "Antennagate". Apple's decision to throttle older iPhones with degraded batteries -- while not informing customers of the practice -- has invited swift backlash. Not surprisingly, some of Apple's competitors are latching on to its misery, while at the same time reassuring current -- and potentially, future -- customers that they would never use such secretive tactics. The Verge received statements from both HTC and Lenovo/Motorola on the issue. A representative for HTC... Read more...
Last month, Valve announced that it would soon be releasing a standalone virtual reality headset based on Qualcomm's HDM Accelerator Program. That means that the headset, the Vive Focus, is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, which is most prominently found in most of 2017's flagship Android smartphones. Today, we're learning a bit more about other specifications for the device, including the display that will be used within the headsets. Unlike some other VR headsets, the Vive Focus features a single 2800x1600 resolution AMOLED display with a 75Hz refresh rate. Field of view for the headset is listed at 110 degrees. For those keeping score, the HTC Vive includes two OLED display panels with... Read more...
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 is Qualcomm's flagship mobile chipset and should enable some interesting VR experiences, without requiring... 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 an accessory that works with any Logitech G keyboard, making things way easier on those who happen... 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 smartphone maker was going to produce the Pixel 2 XL smartphone and it came down to LG or HTC. Ultimately... 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 see the logic there (to an extent), but it is too bad because the U11+ is a worthy phone that gives... 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 is just a tad thinner at the bottom, hence the 8.5mm to 9.1mm measurement. It will also boast a 6-inch... 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 of smartphones. If you recall, HTC manufactured both the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones that debuted... 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 tomorrow, September 21. To be clear, this is not a confirmation that Google is going to buy HTC,... 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 since its heavyweight status at the dawn of Android. This news comes from the Chinese publication... 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 has stated that HTC is working with an adviser and is considering a strategic investor. The... 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 that it still offers a compelling VR solution with the Vive. “When customers purchase Vive, they... 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 the test device runs Android 8.0.1 and that it also features Active Edge. Something worth noting is... 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, such as all responses being in voice form, and not being able to set an alarm. At the moment, the... 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 we're working to immediately fix the error and remove the ads as quickly as possible," HTC said in... 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 for the U11, along with entries pointing to S2 and M2 devices. Those likely point to the Pixel 2... 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 surface crafted with Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition. The minerals across the back cover of the... Read more...
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