Posts tagged with: HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC (High Tech Computer Corporation) is a smartphone company based in Taiwan. The company started off making smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system. HTC now makes devices running Android with their own Sense UI, Windows Phone 7 and Brew OS. Read on for the latest HTC related news, reviews and videos:

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    For HTC, 2015 has just begun. The company is quickly and aggressively bolstering its smartphone portfolio, moving beyond just the M9 to other endeavors such as the M9+ and E9+, with the latest phones on the horizon looking to be the HTC WF5w and E9sw (the names look beautiful, do they not?), the former of which is expected to be the thinnest smartphone in the Taiwanese manufacturer's portfolio. The WF5w was spotted in Chinese regulatory documents sourced through TENAA. It weighs 152 grams and measures 7.49mm in thickness, which is slightly thinner than the E9+. It has a 720p 5.5-inch ...

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    HTC's already delivered quite a few close relatives of the One M9 over the past few months – models like the One M9 Plus and One E9+ - and recently we've been looking at what might be in store for another such model, tipped to hit Asia as the One ME9 (or maybe just the One ME). With hardware like a 5.2-inch quad HD display, 3GB of RAM, and an octa-core MediaTek SoC, it sounded like a solid – and certainly close to top-of-the-line – addition to the company's Android lineup. And last week we had the opportunity to get a preview of what the phone might look like, with both a leaked ...

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    Lately, the chances of HTC releasing a new tablet have felt very up in the air. Rumors would occasionally suggest the company was planning a much, but outside last year's Nexus 9, we just haven't seen much in the way of evidence. Last week those rumors popped back up, talking about an H7 tablet with lower-end specs. Was this going to be another thread that ended up leading nowhere? Maybe not, as a new source has come to light that adds some solid support to this H7 story. We're looking at our old friend the Indian Zauba import database, cataloging all manner of hardware shipped to the ...

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    HTC One E8 users on Sprint, you have a long-awaited treat headed your way! Mo Versi, a project manager for HTC, has confirmed that the Sprint HTC One E8 Lollipop update has been granted technical approval by the carrier – which means the rollout is just about to begin. According to Versi, the OTA will begin tomorrow (May 21), though it may be a while before your device is able to see the update. HTC has gone ahead and posted a changelog (linked in the source below) of what the update will bring; the four items you see below should be what to expect after the update: Android 5.0 ...

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    There's really not much to complain about when it comes to the HTC One M9. The company's 2015 flagship is an improvement in almost every aspect over last year's model -- and our review is there to prove it -- but the performance figures and numbers from the market seem to tell a different story, as we're recently heard the company's sales were plummeting. A recent DigiTimes report claims, based on information from "sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain", that HTC might reduce One M9 component orders by as much as 30%, due to "lower-than-expected sales" and overall poor performance of ...

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    Between the new J Butterfly, One M9 Plus, and One E9+, HTC sure has enough One M9 relatives in production – even if that means no new One mini model. But to hear the rumors, there's even more hardware on the way, including one model we've been talking about for a while now, the device codenamed Hima Ace. Tipped to actually launch as the One ME9, new renders have now arrived that attempt to show off the phone's metal frame. That's the newest shot up top, with hardware that maybe most closely resembles the M9 Plus. That metal frame will likely be joined to a polycarbonate back in the fully ...

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    Historically, HTC has made some very high-quality products with specifications that compete at virtually every price-point. Back in 2013 we started musing about an HTC-built tablet that would resemble the insanely popular HTC One, complete with its then-novel front-firing speakers. We hoped that 2014 might be the year the HTC tablet made a comeback. Over the years there have been a spattering of HTC tablets, one of the more notable recent additions being Google's own Nexus 9 - the first tablet in almost four years from HTC - but even it isn't a killer Android tablet. Many thought an ...

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    Two years ago, HTC brought us not just the One M7 Android flagship, but also the pint-sized One mini. And last year, beyond the One M8 we also saw the launch of the One mini 2. But so far this this year, there's been no new petite model to go along with the One M9. Is it just a matter of time until one emerges? We've got bad news for those of you who prefer smaller phones, as HTC has confirmed that it has no further plans for One mini phones, citing industry trends towards larger and larger handsets. According to HTC North Asia president Jack Tong, “overall the industry is moving towards ...

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    HTC hasn’t really found the amount of popularity it was looking for with the HTC One M9, but that doesn’t mean we don’t praise the company’s software. HTC Sense continues to be one of our favorite Android skins so far, and the company continues to add value to it as time goes by. Not all rumored value is positive, but some updates are much welcome. HTC Zoe just found a much-needed update today, with a couple of things that are welcome. First of all it now brings Chromecast support, so you’ll now be able to share your Zoes with friends and family on the TV, something that should ...

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    A couple days back, word landed that Microsoft was nearly ready to release the next Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, with Gabriel Aul tweeting that preparations were in the works to have the release ready to go sometime this week. And while he couldn't commit to that happening for sure, leaving the door open for a delay if any last-minute issues popped up, it looks like things went about as smoothly as could be hoped, and today Microsoft makes Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10080 available for smartphone testers. Maybe the biggest deal here is new hardware support, and with this ...

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    Rumors about HTC's next Butterfly-series smartphone have been bouncing around since well before the One M9 itself launched, painting the picture of an extremely high-end device. With specs like a Snapdragon 810 SoC and a 5.2-inch quad HD display, it sounded like the phone would pick some of the best components from both the One M9 and the subsequently launched One M9 Plus. Reports suggested that HTC could be planning to go official with the new Butterfly sometime this month, and today the company does just that, announcing the new J Butterfly for Japan. Just as the rumors suggested, that ...

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    Is HTC committed to the tablet market or not? After a couple forgettable early efforts, last year the company returned strong as the manufacturer behind Google's Nexus 9. That's fueled no shortage of rumors that we'd be seeing some new tablets released under the OEM's own branding, but so far none have managed to materialize. Most recently, that's included a supposed model T1H for the Chinese market, sounding very much like an SoC-swapped Nexus 9, but confirmation has remained out of reach. Now rumors address another possible HTC tablet, hinting a lower-end device that could launch in the ...

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    Google released Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 9 last Thursday. So if you've been eager to try out the latest Android build on your tablet, a screen like the one above can be extremely frustrating: you know that update is out there, but your Nexus 9 just hasn't seen it arrive yet. What's an Android fan to do? Well, Google's already made available a 5.1.1 factory image for the Nexus 9 (download link below), which you're free to flash at your convenience, but if you haven't unlocked your tablet's bootloader, you're looking forward to a data wipe in the process. Of course, there's a better way ...

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    Love it or hate it, HTC's BlinkFeed is an integral part of the company's Sense UI. This section of social and news content is designed to add value to customers, by filtering information of pre-defined interest to the user, and in some cases curated content. Whether it is of added value is still a topic of polarized points of view, but rumors have it that it isn’t going to get better going forward. A leaked slide from a probable HTC internal presentation shows the company's plans for BlinkFeed in the near future. The company's first goal seems to be to generate additional revenue by ...

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    Android 5.1 went official just about two months ago now. Within days of the announcement, not only were 5.1 factory images available for many Nexus devices, but OTA updates had been tracked down for convenient sideloading. It was all pretty great – unless you had a Nexus 9. Despite being among the newest of Google's Nexus models, it saw its predecessors pass right by it in line for 5.1 updates. In the weeks since, Google's teased us with a new 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 9, but still no Android 5.1. Today that finally looks like it's about to change, as Google announces the start of Nexus ...

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    During our initial review of the HTC One M9's new camera, we came away kind of disappointed. It didn't do so well when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 either. Sure, it has a 20 megapixel sensor with an f/2.2, 27.8mm lens protected by sapphire cover material, and that offers a lot more detail than HTC's previous 4 megapixel cameras, but the images looked so over-processed. The heavy noise reduction killed the details while over sharpening put white halos around the edges and slight exposure differences seemed kind of random. Well, recently HTC provided an update to the camera software ...

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    If you accidentally drop your One M9 and its screen shatters, HTC's got your back: shortly after the One M9's launch earlier this year, HTC announced its “Uh Oh” coverage for the flagship smartphone, offering a free screen replacement for one year following purchase. For butter-fingered smartphone owners, that sounds like a very attractive offer, and one that goes pretty far towards providing some peace of mind. But is all this talk of replacement screens distracting us from an important issue concerning the choice of glass HTC uses when building the One M9? A new rumor suggests that ...

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    As a large chunk of Nexus 9 owners know at this point, the waiting has been long and hard for an official over-the-air update to the latest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop. For a Nexus device, it's natural to be yearning for updates as soon as possible, but that simply doesn't look to be happening with this device. In a move that is sure to leave some owners groaning, Google has today started rolling out a Nexus 9 Android 5.0.2 update. The update is only a small bump up from the 5.0.1 build – it's build number LRX22L, too, if you were wondering. It's likely a combination of various ...

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    Even though HTC is very desperate for a turnaround, products like the HTC One M9 didn’t reach the goal of wowing reviews. We thought the market felt otherwise given HTC's success in Q1 when compared to last year, but it seems that success was short lived. Figures for the company's performance last month are now available, and they don't paint a pretty picture. HTC was able to gather just $439.95 million in sales, which is down a whopping 38.6% year-over-year, as last April reported $719.24 million. If compared to March, sales declined 32.26% after the company reported $652.44 million. ...

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    Even with the lukewarm reception that the HTC One M9 has received, this hasn't stopped the company from launching device alternatives like the HTC One M9+ and the HTC One E9+ in the Asian market. There is still no word as to when we can expect any of these models in the rest of the world, but it seems that HTC is at it again for another product launch. TENAA certification documents now reveal the existence of an HTC One M9e, which resembles more the One M9+ than the One E9+ when it comes to internals. The documents claim that we have a 2.2GHz octa-core processor, a 5.2-inch 2560x1440 ...

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    If you have an HTC One mini 2 (aka One M8 mini), like we do, you are wondering when exactly will you receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, just like your friends rocking the One M8. Currently, the One mini 2 is running Android 4.4.2, and it sure looks like that's what it will stay one. In October of last year, HTC confirmed that the device will get Lollipop at one point down the road, but now it has been confirmed that the HTC One mini 2 Lollipop update won't happen. The Taiwanese phone maker said on Twitter, replying to a customer inquiry on the refresh, that it "determined that ...

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    HTC is releasing a new phone called the Butterfly 3 which should launch in Asia soon. Looking at its expected list of features, which is quite impressive, we're all scratching our heads wondering why HTC's current flagship, the One M9, is so "ordinary" compared to the Butterfly 3. The HTC One M9 has a 5.0-inch, 1080P display. The Butterfly 3 is likely going to bump that spec to 5.1- or 5.2-inches, but all rumors are pointing to a quad HD display rather than "standard" HD,  just like on the One M9 Plus. That's not to say the Butterfly 3 is the One M9 Plus - despite some important ...

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    Picking up the HTC One M9, we had such high hopes for the phone's camera. HTC has really been trying to find a way to shine with its smartphone imaging, and while some of those efforts have come up short of our expectations, we couldn't fault the company for trying. So when the One M9 rolled in with its 20MP sensor, our optimism ran high. As we put the phone through its paces during our review period, it soon became clear that this wasn't quite the camera we'd been hoping for. The nice thing about smartphones, though, is that software plays such a large role in how things operate that even ...

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    Last year, with the One M8, HTC had a collaboration with Phunk Studios to create unique designs, in limited availability for the 2014 flagship. Following up on that, the Taiwanese phone manufacturer debuts the HTC One M9 INK campaign, and enrolls model Jourdan Dunn (known for her Maybelline, Victoria’s Secret, CK, DKNY, Hilfiger, Balmain, YSL Beauty, and TopShop collaborations). The HTC One M9 INK campaign will bring a limited edition series of devices with unique, ink-inspired, designs, in collaboration with "notable people in the fashion, art, and design worlds". Jourdan Dunn is ...

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    It's that time of the year again, when Q2 is just kicking off and companies begin releasing their Q1 earnings reports. We've already taken a look at what heavy-hitters such as Apple had to share with regards to their financials, now let's talk HTC Q1 2015 earnings. The Taiwanese manufacturer has recorded this quarter 25% year-over-year growth when compared to the same reporting period from the previous year. A profit has been made of about NT$0.36 billion, which translates to US$11 million – while this is slightly worse than last quarter's showing of NT$0.5 billion, this is remarkably ...

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