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When Valve unveiled its VR solution at GDC earlier this month, no one was surprised - outside of the fact that it'd be partnering with HTC. Given the somewhat odd pairing, it was hard to speculate whether or not the two companies had a hit on their hands. After all, while there was no real competition out there when Oculus first hit the scene, the year ahead is going to see an explosion of VR gear hit the market. With their Vive, though, Valve and HTC are confident. So confident, in fact, that they're willing to take a financial hit to get developer kits into the hands of those capable of creating amazing VR experiences. That doesn't mean that the kits are being sold at a discount; instead, qualified... Read more...
HTC just released its flagship One M9 smartphone in the U.S., priced at $649 unlocked. But that isn’t the only new smartphone coming from the HTC camp these days; the company just officially announced the One E9+ phablet for the Chinese market. Whereas the 5-inch One M9 makes do with a 1080p display, the One E9+ ups the ante with a 5.5-inch QHD display (535 PPI). Powering the phone is MediaTek MT6795M SOC, which is comparable in layout to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (two Cortex A57 cores, two Cortex A53 cores). The smartphone is equipped with 2GB of RAM, and has 16GB of internal storage (expandable to 128GB via microSD). Since the One E9+ caters to the Chinese market, you’ll also find dual nano... Read more...
HTC parted ways with another executive this week, though the company didn’t indicate who had initiated the split. Jonah Becker, the lead designer on HTC’s One M9 smartphone, announced his departure on Twitter yesterday. The move follows the departure of HTC co-founder Peter Chou from the CEO spot a little more than a week ago. Unlike Becker, who has left the company entirely, Chou is staying on as the head of HTC’s Future Development Lab. HTC has been battered in recent years by competing with Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market. Sales have improved lately, and the flagship One M9, which has been getting plenty of positive attention, arrived today. And HTC appears to be building on the... Read more...
HTC’s One M9 is about to make its U.S. debut tomorrow at midnight on the four major U.S. wireless carriers. The nation’s second largest wireless carrier, AT&T, announced that the One M9 will be available to order starting tomorrow, and orders received before 1:00 PM CT will ship the same day. The phone will be available nationwide in AT&T retail stores starting on April 10. Customers can purchase the flagship smartphone via AT&T for $199.99 with a new, two-year contract or choose from one of three Next installment plans to pay off the phone (with $0 down). Next 24, Next 18, and Next 12 will cost customers $23.64, $29.55, and $35.45 respectively per month in addition to your standard... Read more...
HTC has scheduled a press event in Beijing, China for April 8, 2015, at which time it will unveil a new smartphone. The invitation carries the slogan, "More than One," which suggests it's getting ready to unveil the oft-leaked One M9 Plus (One M9+). It seems that most of the details are already floating around the web, though one thing the invitation seems to confirm is the presence of dual cameras.What appear to be dual cameras can be seen on the partial smartphone image that graces the press event invitation. This wouldn't be new territory for HTC, which equipped its One M8 with dual shooters under the marketing name Duo Lens. The primary benefit of multiple cameras is that you can refocus... Read more...
And just like that, the man largely responsible for HTC’s meteoric rise in the smartphone market is out of the CEO seat. The company announced today that HTC’s board of directors has named co-founder Cher Wang to the top spot to replace Chou, who will now head up the HTC Future Development Lab.  Cher Wang will retain her board chairperson position as she assumes the CEO role. An analyst speculated to Reuters that the appointment of a board member could suggest trouble attracting an executive from outside the company. The market has been brutal of late, taking a toll on HTC’s sales and seeing Samsung cede first place to Apple. However, HTC has successfully drummed... Read more...
Robert Downey Jr. melted many hearts last week when he showed up as Tony Stark to deliver a customized, bionic arm to a seven-year-old fan. The video went viral and showed how the thoughtfulness of others can make a lasting impression on a child. Today, however, Robert Downey Jr. is stepping back into his role as HTC spokesman, and the results are definitely more mixed. Ever since stepping into the role in 2013, Robert Downey Jr.’s commercials have been met with puzzled reactions and this year sees the arrival of nine new commercial “shorts.” All of the commercials are color-coded (i.e. white, black, purple, green), cover a wide range of genres (comedy, fantasy, horror), and all of them are extremely,... Read more...
You have to hand it to HTC, the first company to build an Android handset (HTC Dream, otherwise known as the T-Mobile G1), for which it was handsomely rewarded. Samsung and Apple have stolen the smartphone show in recent years, but rather than pack it in and call it quits, HTC continues to build solid Android devices, the newest of which is the HTC One M9. And should you purchase one, HTC will provide a year of accidental damage protection at no cost. It's part of the HTC's new "Uh Oh" program, and as described, it's nothing short of awesome. Should you drop your One M9 onto the pavement and crack the screen or accidentally sustain water damage (like... Read more...
HTC’s recently unveiled One M9 will be one of the most sought after flagship smartphones this year. While it arguably doesn’t have the design panache of a device like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, it does bring with it a Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot (something that the new Galaxy S6/S6 Edge can no longer claim), a 20MP rear camera, and a generous 2840 mAh battery. If you’d like to get your hands on a One M9 without paying a single penny, we have something that might be right up your alley. HTC this week announced a new U.S.-only contest that lasts through March 24 at 11:59 PM PT. Besides the requirement of being a legal resident of the U.S.,... Read more...
The recently announced HTC One M9 may be the “new hotness” with its 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and upgraded cameras, but there are still millions of customers out there rocking the previous generation One M8. One M8 users on T-Mobile received their OTA Lollipop update on February 9 and nearly a month later, it’s time for Verizon customers to enjoy some sweet Lollipop goodness. The OTA Update, which is Software Version SU4A – 3.28.605.9, SU4B – 4.17.605.5, includes Lollipop-based improvements to the Notification Panel, Lock Screen, and Recent Apps. Google’s Material Design language should permeate through the operating system, but you will still have to wade through Verizon’s... Read more...
If the transition from the Galaxy S4 to Galaxy S5 was disappointing to customers and detrimental to Samsung’s smartphone sales/earnings, we have to wonder if the same fate will befall HTC. We hope not, but the HTC One M9’s specs have been officially revealed, and for better or worse, it’s more of the same. As we have detailed in previous articles, the HTC One M9 carries on the same design theme that we first saw with the One M7 and continued with the One M8. It’s a clean, sleek, industrial look, but it would have been nice to see HTC spice things up a bit. With Samsung swinging for the fences design-wise with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, we’ll just have to see how HTC’s conservative approach... Read more...
We’re just a little over a week away from the official unveil of HTC’s next generation flagship: the One M9. The smartphone will be unveiled in Barcelona, Spain at the Mobile World Congress, but that isn’t stopping new renders of the One M9 in its final form from leaking to the Internet. German Retailer CyberPort posted press renders of the One M9 in a few different color combinations including gunmetal grey and gold/silver. Not surprisingly, the renders match up nicely with leaked photos that we’ve already seen of the One M9. For better or worse, the One M9 isn’t a drastic departure from the current generation One M8, which itself was a clear evolution of the One M7. However, the design of the... Read more...
HTC's desire to jump into the smartwatch category has been ongoing for some time now, though it's taking a patient approach in hopes of avoiding a product failure. Newly leaked information also suggests that HTC isn't interested in releasing a run-of-mill Android wearable that will blend in with the rest. Instead, the device will run a home brewed OS that supports both Android and iOS phones.That's coming from Upleaks, which posted a bunch of details on the device, including its codename "PETRA." It will be HTC's first wearable and it will run the company's own RTOS. We're not sure what that stands for, but there's a note that it will support Android phones running Android 4.4 or later, and iOS... Read more...
The wait for Android 5.0 will soon be over for T-Mobile customers that have HTC’s flagship One M8. HTC’s VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, reported via Twitter that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update would be pushed out over-the-air (OTA) starting tomorrow (February 9). HTC One (M8) T-Mobile owners! Lollipop OS Technical Approval has been received! OTA to start on Monday. #HTCAdvantage— Mo (@moversi) February 7, 2015 Lollipop updates have been dropping at a furious pace in recent days. Just in the past week, Verizon released the Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S5, while Sprint has sent out OTA updates for the Galaxy S5 and One M7. Sprint also plans to released Lollipop updates for... Read more...
Remember when the video of a drunk David Hasselhoff eating a cheeseburger surfaced? It showed just how far the former Knight Rider and Baywatch star had fallen, though to his credit, he's since recovered from a PR standpoint. Likewise, maybe HTC can recover from a rap video it posted to YouTube in which the Android pioneer takes repeated swings at Apple and Samsung. It's actually rather sad that it's come to this. We're all for having fun on the Internet, but this seems like a desperate attempt at regaining its former glory -- it was HTC that kicked off the Android movement with the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream), and in the early days, the company enjoyed plenty of success. Record breaking quarters... Read more...
If you own an HTC One M8 or M7 handset, don't bother continually mashing the "Check Now" button in the Software Updates menu, Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't coming to your phone today even though we're now at HTC's self-imposed 90-day deadline. In a blog post to customers, HTC VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, explains the holdup. "We've been working hard in the labs with Google and our carrier partners ever since the code release and are making great progress so far, but if you’ve been following the progress of this rollout you will know that Google has had to address several issues with this release," Versi explains. "We’ve been diligently working to fix some of... Read more...
It appears that the photocopiers are running at full steam in the tech world. In mid-November, Nokia showed no mercy with its Android-based N1 tablet that looks like a near clone of Apple’s iPad mini. Today, Hewlett-Packard is jumping onboard with its new Pro Slate tablets, which look supersized versions of the HTC One (M8) smartphone. There are two models in the new tablet family: the 12.3-inch Pro Slate 12 and the 7.9-inch Pro Slate 8. Specs wise, neither tablet is likely to set your hair on fire thanks to the 2013-era Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. And while similar tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 feature 2560x1600 displays, the Pro Slate 8 makes do with an iPad Retina-like... Read more...
We learned last week that HTC plans to launch its next generation flagship — whether you call it the One (M9) or “Hima” — at the 2015 Mobile World Congress on March 1. Yesterday, it was revealed that a new smartwatch would be launched alongside the new flagship in March. Nowhere Else, which has a pretty strong track record when it comes to smartphone leaks, today has two new photos of next generation One (M9). Unlike an earlier render that broke cover earlier this month, the new photos show a device that sticks very close to the design language seen in the current One (M8). The bezels are slightly narrower and the camera area is now square versus the circular on the current smartphone. Otherwise,... Read more...
HTC made it clear at CES 2015 that it’s ready to move beyond phones. The Re camera is a prime example of HTC’s expansion into new territory, but its partnerships with Under Armour and other brands also signaled a shift in HTC’s strategy. If the rumors are true, we’ll see another product to come from HTC when it announces its next flagship phone on March 1: a smartwatch that connects to the Under Armour Record fitness service. Smartwatches were everywhere at CES 2015. This Peak smartwatch by Basis will be one of many that an HTC smartwatch would be competing with for your fitness device dollars.If HTC plans to launch a smartwatch, it’s successfully kept the news under wraps. The sheer size of... Read more...
The 2015 Mobile World Congress is set to kick off in Barcelona, Spain on March 2. However, invitations that HTC sent out today confirm that we’ll actually catch our first glimpse of its next generation flagship smartphone a day early on March 1. In true teaser fashion, HTC isn’t revealing any new details about the device and simply states that “utopia is in progress.” However, thanks to ongoing leaks, we have at least a general idea of what HTC plans to launch in early March. Although it’s possible that HTC could go with the obvious One (M9) moniker for its new flagship, ‘Hima’ has been thrown around since early December. As for the processor, the obvious choice is Qualcomm’s new 64-bit Snapdragon... Read more...
Wondering about the status of your Android 5.0 Lollipop update? And do you own an HTC device? If you can answer "Yes" to both questions, then we have answers. Here's the good news -- those of your rocking an HTC One (M7 or M8) can expect to receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to Lollipop sometime this month, if not already. The HTC One M8 started receiving the update earlier this week, after already rolling out to Google Play Edition models last month. The Developer Edition is also starting unwrap Lollipop, and so are unlocked M8 models.If you own the M7 version (the original One from 2013), you're next in line, according to a leaked roadmap that popped up... Read more...
Back in early November, HTC made its intentions known that it would begin updating its flagship One (M8) smartphone to Android 5.0 Lollipop by early February; further confirmation of that rollout schedule came last week. Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, confirmed last night via Twitter that some versions of the One (M8) are actually receiving Lollipop a little ahead of schedule, with the OTA updates already hitting Unlocked and Developer editions:HTC One (M8) Unlock and Dev Owners! We have received TA from Google on Lollipop + Sense 6. OTA will be out starting tonight. #HTCAdvantage— Mo (@moversi) January 13, 2015 The Lollipop update weighs in a 584MB, and HTC’s official... Read more...
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