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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    They say that insanity, by definition, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Dictionary.com defines stagnancy as a “lack of development, advancement, or progressive movement.” But do these words define HTC? I like to think not, but a lot of people would argue otherwise, and while I may not agree with it, it isn’t hard to see where they’re coming from. HTC is hurting right now, and a lot of that has to do with its product lineup. Over the past few years, HTC has seen reasonable success with its One smartphone series, but it always falls behind the ...

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    Earlier this week we got to wondering about the HTC Grip, after seeing some certification paperwork for the wearable surface over at the Bluetooth SIG. When HTC first announced the Grip fitness tracker back at MWC, the company said that it was looking to get sales started during the spring. And since it hasn't shown up at retail since, we we've been wondering what was going on. Those Bluetooth docs had us hopeful that a release might be nearing, and we reached out to HTC for comment. Today we get our answer, and it's not necessarily a great one, as HTC confirms that plans for the Grip have ...

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    It may have been announced in March of 2014, but the HTC One M8 is still very much alive and kicking. It's widely used today and acknowledged as one of the best phones on the market, still, so a natural question to ask is whether its age means that it's not going to be seeing any more OS revision updates. With Android M on the horizon for a launch this fall, this question is especially pertinent – and according to HTC Product Manager Mo Versi, the HTC One M8 Android M update will indeed be coming. Android M isn't as much a leap as Android Lollipop was (as compared to its predecessor, ...

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    If you're a customer of T-Mobile US, you have some happy days ahead of you should you be interested in low-to-mid-range smartphones. Some new T-Mobile smartphones are on the way, including HTC's Desire 626s, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, and the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. The new T-Mobile smartphones will be arriving at the carrier on July 22 – right before the back to school rush when phone purchases see a quick spike thanks to students headed out to school again. At $169, you can find yourself the HTC Desire 626s, HTC's latest affordable smartphone in the US market. You can read more ...

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    HTC first introduced its One M9+ all the way back in April, a slightly larger cousin of the One M9 that picks up a quad HD screen and fingerprint scanner. Since its initial debut for China, we've seen the One M9+ spread to additional markets like India. At first HTC said that it wasn't currently planning to bring sales of the phone to Europe, but recent rumors have suggested sales were on the way, tipped to get started sometime in Q3. Today HTC finally makes those plans official, confirming the One M9+'s availability in Europe. The One M9+ Europe is getting is the very same model we've ...

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    OnePlus got the ball rolling on the pre-launch specs it was announcing for its OnePlus 2 handsets a little under a month ago as it shared news of its choice of the Snapdragon 810 for the phone's SoC. As this is probably the most controversial SoC in recent memory, the company made a point to emphasize how overheating wouldn’t be an issue for the chip, due in part to “an improved version of the chipset (v2.1) in the OnePlus 2.” We've already heard about how early 810 issues were blamed on pre-production silicon, so you might have assumed that we were looking forward to another update ...

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    What do you do when you’re HTC and you want to create the perfect blend of price, design, and specs? You build a Desire phone. The company invited us to take an early look at its new HTC Desire 626, and we happily obliged. Join us as we go hands-on! HTC Desire 626 hands-on gallery [gallery columns="5" ids="441292,441293,441294,441295,441296,441297,441298,441299,441300,441301" orderby="rand"]   We’re actually taking a look at two phones here: the Desire 626 for postpaid Verizon and AT&T, and the 626S for a variety of prepaid carriers (including Cricket, MetroPCS and Boost Mobile, ...

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    For the middle of summer, a time when we're used to seeing a lull in the smartphone market as manufacturers gear up for their big fall launches, this week sure is proving to be full of some interesting launch events. Yesterday brought us not just the Samsung Galaxy A8, but also ZTE's affordable Axon flagship. Today we're back to looking at the mid-range market as we check out a trio of new Desire models from HTC, with the company announcing the Desire 520, Desire 526, and Desire 626. Let's start with the smallest of the bunch, the Desire 520. With a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, this ...

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    While HTC is officially pushing the Uh Oh protection plan for the HTC One M9 in its latest commercial, rumors and reports concerning the HTC Aero are piling up, including a concept render that we've recently looked at. However, if you have an HTC One M9 wearing AT&T's logo, there are reasons for you to be excited too, as an over-the-air update should arrive on your phone's notification shade starting today. It might not happen today, as OTA updates usually take a little time to spread through the system, but be prepared, just in case (or start hammering the check for updates button). ...

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    The HTC Aero is rumored to be the Taiwanese company's next smartphone, a company that's not doing as well as expected on the market. The HTC One M9 (and subsequent phones like the M9+, etc.) failed to stop the company's decline, but would you buy its next phone if it looked like this HTC Aero concept? We don't know much about the upcoming HTC Aero, except for the fact that we all expect it to be a super-phone, probably the "hero" phone (to land in October) company executives have talked about. It can also be the phone that can save HTC (or at least stop the decline), so all eyes are on ...

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    One of the coolest features of the HTC One M9 that other phones don't bring to the table isn't much of a feature at all. It's Uh Oh protection – if you don't remember it off the top of your head, that's the protection program the company announced that will give you coverage on your One M9 for a whole host of things for a year after purchase. Dunk your phone in a pool? You're covered; a replacement will be sent your way. Dropped your phone as you got out of the car? A-okay. Want to switch carriers, even? A new device with bands for the new carrier will be on the way. That's what the ...

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    Back in March, HTC announced the One M9. But the company's latest flagship didn't launch all by its lonesome, and we also saw the debut of the exciting HTC Vive VR headset. You'd be forgiven for thinking that those were the only two products HTC brought out onto the stage at MWC, but then you'd be forgetting the third, the company's first wearable: the HTC Grip fitness tracker. At the time, HTC said that sales of the Grip would begin sometime in the spring … and as we're clearly well into summer by now, that just hasn't happened. So, what gives? Is the Grip dead? Delayed? We don't have ...

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    If you've been itching to get into the wearable space, you might find it hard to find out which devices are worth looking into. Smartwatches release less frequently than smartphones or tablets, and even when a new device launches, it just doesn't see the same type of hype and publicity. Wearables don't just include smartwatches though, and there's a certain VR kit that has every potential to be a home run — assuming it's properly marketed. Find out our top picks for the best wearables in early 2015! [embed width="780" height="439"]http://youtu.be/zEJQ3MeOIK0[/embed]

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    Tablets are a strange thing. Most people don't upgrade them near as often as they do their smartphones, and the entire purpose of tablets is still debated among many confused consumers. Because they're not as popular as their smartphone counterparts, OEMs don't make tablets at as quickly a pace as they do phones, and so we're a little short on new devices to wave in your face. Thankfully, tablets keep like leftovers from a pasta dinner, and not that month-old milk you haven't bothered taking out of the fridge, and some of the best tablets in early 2015 are the same tablets from 2014, and ...

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    If you pit three struggling companies against each other, what happens next? In an ideal world for the smartphone enthusiast that wants to see everybody succeed ... well, they do. But in reality, things aren't that simple, and the smartphone market becomes an every-man-for-himself race to see who can innovate faster. Who can pack more features. Who can market their products best. That's all easy when you're a giant corporation like Apple or Samsung, with billions of dollars to throw towards whatever research team or ad firm they want, but when you're financially in the red and literally ...

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    HTC has been in our optical rodeo way too many times. Camera bad. Camera worse. Camera disaster. Sounds like drama much? Probably, but those assessments prove well against the changing camera landscape on smartphones. And each time we find ourselves in the wake of iteration after disappointment after innovation, we put the chips on the table on the Taiwanese OEM's death knell. The company can't get away with this anymore, right? Why is it so hard to do something that we, the media and the tech salon lurkers, characterize as a task so damn easy? Is the camera team incompetent, colorblind ...

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    For some, the HTC One M9 was enough. It didn't bring the radical new approach to smartphone making that Samsung took with the Galaxy S6 (at least, in comparison to its previous flagship, the Galaxy S5), though it performed respectably and handled as a flagship should. However, this approach hasn't quite translated into the sales HTC seeks – the company is struggling and back in the financial red again. So it appears the company is attempting to make up for this by introducing a high-end "hero" smartphone this Fall, with information steadily leaking out seemingly confirming that fact. ...

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    It hasn't been too hard to see that HTC is entering another rough patch. Given the company's sagging stock performance, at least, we've known to expect bad news, and while that may not be something so severe as to lead to the outright sale of HTC, tensions have been understandably high. Today HTC starts offering some new insight into just how far things have slipped, revealing unaudited second quarter figures that show the company operating at a loss. This isn't the first time HTC has taken a quarterly loss, and the company's been struggling to stay in the black going back all the way to ...

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    Update (July 7, 6:00pm): Job finally done. Thanks for being patient. There's an Apple patent that might have us all sharing files with handshakes in the not-too-distant future. Sprint's new CEO is finally fed up with John Legere and recently said so on Twitter. Android is running on BlackBerry. And there's a 10,000 mAh (or 10Ah, if you prefer) smartphone out there that, judging from the photos, is not the size of a household refrigerator. All this news demands more than a quick blurb on the front page; it should be immortalized in the halls of podcast history, and that's what we're ...

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    One of the first things we look at when checking out a new smartphone is camera performance. After all, that's a feature we use every day, and one that's immediately accessible. So it's little wonder that many of the rumors we've been hearing about upcoming smartphones have spent at least some time talking about new camera hardware. The latest concerns what HTC's been working on, and claims that a substantial camera upgrade is due for the release of one of the manufacturer's next big Androids. The phone in question is the handset codenamed Aero, and to hear reports, this new camera could ...

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    Buying a new smartphone can be its own reward: you get to start fresh with a new, unmarred handset, still months away from seeing its storage bogged down with dozens of apps you ran once and never touched again, or those hours of video footage you accidentally recorded while sleeping (and later forgot about). But if you can score not just a new phone, but also some free extras along with it, so much the better. A few Android manufacturers are offering such perks this week, as we learn about special promo deals for the LG G4 and HTC One M9. LG already had a free extra battery and microSD ...

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    Touch. Tap. Push. Prod. Swab. Stab. The button takes a lot of nonsense from its users. And also Benny Benassi and The Biz, but if I hear "push me and then just touch me" one more time, I might need a barbiturate. Anyways, people usually don't give these things much credit for doing what they do and what engineers have made them do. It didn't need to be a button Take the iPhone 5S with its home button. It implemented a fingerprint sensor on top of it and Apple thus created Touch ID. Touch ID was made to take the taps and swipes and repetition away from accessing secure features: unlocking ...

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    We've got good news for you, users of the HTC One M9 on Sprint. The Sprint HTC One M9 Android 5.1 Lollipop update will be rolling out later this week, on July 1, according to a company product manager. The update is the latest in a line-up of HTC updates – just today, we reported on the Desire EYE on AT&T getting the update to Android 5.0. And this additionally comes soon after the Sprint One M9 saw a discount to just $99 on-contract at the carrier. Versi notes that the 5.1 update does indeed bring camera improvements to the smartphone – improvements some may categorize as "most ...

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    If you've been rocking the HTC Desire EYE on AT&T, you're going to be a happy person tomorrow. At long last, the phone will be receiving an update to the latest version of Android, Sense utilities and all included. It's unclear from what Mo Versi, a product manager at HTC, had to say on Twitter whether the update will include Android 5.1 or just a build of Android 5.0. It's likely to be the former, given the fact that the Sprint One M9 is receiving that update today, but it's not likely to make much of a difference if it's the latter – skinned versions of Android don't ...

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    About a week back, rumors first started arriving about an upcoming HTC handset codenamed Aero. Several prominent leakers got to discussing the phone on social media, noting how “really awesome” the model promised to be. But aside from the remote possibility that the phone could run a next-gen Snapdragon 820 (a claim that no one in the know appeared to directly confirm) and the idea that Aero could launch in Q4, there wasn't much info available. Over the weekend, one of those leakers is back with some new Aero gossip, suggesting the phone's lined up for a November launch on a US ...

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