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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:

  • by | April 8, 2014 2:43 PM

    Two weeks back, actor Gary Oldman got us started with HTC's promotional campaign for the new One M8, encouraging viewers to get out there and listen to all the great things tech professionals had to say about the follow-up to last year's beloved One. While it was great to see HTC taking advertising seriously (one aspect of its phone sales where the company often finds itself outdone by competitor Samsung), where was Robert Downey Jr., star of last summer's HTC campaign? Well, as the One M8 prepares to see broader retail availability just a little later this week, Downey has finally made an ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 11:38 AM

    It doesn't matter how many pixels a phone's display has, how state-of-the-art the processor is, or how many gigabytes of RAM the manufacturer has crammed into your new handset: if the user experience isn't smooth and responsive, all the bleeding edge hardware in the world won't save a smartphone. There's a heck of lot that factors in to how quickly and seamlessly our phones respond to input, including both hardware and software details, but it all starts with the touch of your finger – that's the snowball at the top of the mountain that gets everything else going. It's quite surprising ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 10:55 AM

    The HTC One M8 is now a reality, but what's next for the manufacturer? We've heard rumors about a possible One M8 Mini, which might be gearing up for a May debut, but that's really it; at least so far, there's been no strong suggestion that a new Max version is forthcoming. But today we find ourselves reconsidering HTC's next aspirations for its One M8 line, with the leak of the render you see above, supposedly depicting an HTC M8 Ace. So what do we have here? Well, with a casual glance you might see a red One M8, but there's more going on here than just a color change. For one, there's an ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 3:24 PM

    HTC is confident in the One M8. Despite evidence possibly pointing to low initial consumer interest, HTC maintains that it's “very satisfied” with demand, and feels that once sales begin in earnest later this week, the phone will finally be able to show its true mettle. But if we're to accurately evaluate what impact the One M8 has on HTC's business, we have to know just where it stood, coming up to the phone's launch. We looked at Q4 2013 financial numbers back in February, and today we get our first peek at Q1 2014 data. Unfortunately, the numbers don't tell a very positive tale. ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 2:24 PM

    Michael published the review of the HTC One M8 last Tuesday. In his time with it, he snapped dozens – maybe even hundreds – of photos, not only because that's protocol when reviewing a phone, but for two important, additional reasons: the Duo Camera is a primary feature of the M8, and its camera, especially the resolution, has been a controversial topic since the phone was made official. I've voiced my opinion about it. I wasn't impressed, based on what Michael and many other first-round reviewers had posted. The camera seemed gimmicky, the images it produces are often noisy and lack ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 1:30 PM

    The original HTC Butterfly helped pave the way for smartphones with 1080p displays in late 2012. Then in mid-2013 we saw HTC release the Butterfly S, outfitting the phone with a more modern SoC, UltraPixel camera, and much larger battery. Now that the One M8 is a reality, will HTC be delivering a corresponding refresh to its Butterfly series? That's what we're thinking about this afternoon, after being made aware of some benchmark data that might just reveal the next Butterfly model. We're looking at HTC's model 0PAJ3, which just like the One M8 is powered by a Snapdragon 801 SoC and ...

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  • by | April 4, 2014 12:28 PM

    Last night we brought you a report suggesting that early sales of the HTC One M8 were significantly behind those of the original One M7, compared to its own first week of availability. Looking at usage in the US and Canada alone, ad impressions saw the One M8 accounting for just 0.1 percent of HTC smartphones in use, compared to more like 1 percent for the One M7, a week after those sales began. While it's definitely something worth paying attention to, we also noted that the M7 saw broader carrier in-store availability when it debuted, so maybe panic is a little bit premature. It sounds ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:48 PM

    HTC could sure use a big win. Last year, the One M7 won the hearts of many of us in this industry, yet HTC was unable to take that critical acclaim and turn it into sales. As a result, HTC's revenue dipped, and the company's been struggling to show a profit. Will the One M8 be a big enough hit to reverse that trend? Last week, we shared with you an early report out of Taiwan – not actually naming any sales numbers – but nonetheless asserting heavy demand. It's still quite a bit too early before we have anything resembling official figures, but now a new report on One M8 sales paints ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:00 PM

    Microsoft gets itself a striking new digital assistant, Nokia prepares sharp new smartphone hardware, Samsung and HTC kick off a new round of rasslin', and Pocketnow team members start an informal book club! It might be a scatterbrained itinerary, but at least it's action-packed – and that's just scratching the surface of this week's epic two-hour mobile technology podcast. Join us as we debate the merits of Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana, the forthcoming Nokia Cyan update, and the Samsung ATIV SE before moving on to non-Build topics ranging from BoomSound to smartphone waterproofing ... not ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 10:00 AM

    If last year is any indication, the HTC One (M8) should be followed by a HTC One Mini (M5?), just as the One (M7) was followed by the One Mini (M4). It will likely compete against Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini, whose tentative specs have been recently leaked. We've already heard mentions of the 2014 HTC One Mini, and a carrier even referenced it last week. According to unverified UK retailer inside sources, the 2014 HTC One Mini will be available next month, in May. It will be no surprise that it will inherit most of the looks of the One (M8) -- just like last year's model -- and the screen ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 7:07 AM

    Last week we reported that HTC is planning on releasing BlinkFeed and Zoe to the Google Play Store -- and available for installation on non-HTC devices. Pause for a moment and let that sink it. It's a huge deal. Sure, they're just apps, so there's no reason that they couldn't be distributed through the Play Store, they simply haven't been in the past. There are many reasons why an OEM might choose to keep their apps exclusive to their devices. On the other side of that coin, there are many reasons why an OEM should publish their apps through the Play Store. To publish? Apps that are ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 2:23 AM

    The HTC One (M8) has received positive overall feedback -- and there's a reason why it scored so high in our full review -- but at the same time there were voices on the internet -- cause that's what HTC is telling you, to "ask the internet" -- that were not satisfied at all with the black space below the screen, where the HTC logo resides (and where the capacitive buttons were placed on the previous iteration of the phone). According to HTC's own Jeff Gordon, the "black area with the HTC logo" "not "empty" by any means". Apparently, as the HTC exec explains, "underneath is a huge amount ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 8:56 PM

    "We have to temper our enthusiasm," warns Stephen Schenck, "lest we get ahead of ourselves." It's sage advice. The news piece broadcasting that warning also contained a rumor as tantalizing as it was familiar: some folks over at WPDang had heard through the grapevine that HTC intended to follow up its new One M8 with a Windows-powered variant of the same hardware. We'd heard tell of a similar rumor when the One M7 launched last year, only to spend the next twelve months buried under a wave of Nokia Lumia devices, punctuated by the occasional Samsung rehash. Rather than the Live ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 7:47 PM

    It's not all the time that you're able to see a phone that's truly made of gold, and even if you do, it's hard to be part of the list of people that can afford one. We remember how HTC launched a gold plated HTC One last year, and how it wowed our own Michael Fisher as he had some hands-on time with it, but that didn't change the fact that it wasn't a device that was designed or built for everyone. The interesting thing is that it seems that this was a success for HTC, as the company has just announced a new gold plated HTC One (M8). The catch is that obviously this device is only slated ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 3:39 PM

    (Updated 02 April 2014 to add HTC's comments at bottom.) Sometimes, all you need is a phone. Not a digital assistant, not a pocket internet tablet, not a gaming platform. Of course all of those things are nice, and the enhanced features smartphones bring to bear have become essential to millions around the world. But thanks to the realities of battery endurance and processor capabilities, most of today's smartphones offer a variation on the same promise: "From the moment I come off the charger until the moment I lose power, I will be a smartphone. Nothing less." With the unsubtly-named ...

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