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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 | March 31, 2014 5:37 PM

    Why do you lock your smartphone? To keep unauthorized eyes from being able to view your data? To keep that data safe and secure for when you need it? The new HTC One M8 is getting attention this week due to a security feature that tries to protect your phone by doing a factory reset after too many failed attempts to unlock it, but is this is case of good intentions going awry? After five failed unlock attempts, the phone freezes-up for thirty seconds to discourage random guessing. As users attempt to unlock the phone beyond this, the count of failed attempts keeps going up and up until it ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 3:20 PM

    HTC aims to capture a sizable share of the smartphone market, and doesn't care who knows it; last week, we heard CEO Peter Chou describe his desire to have HTC accountable for 10% of smartphone sales everywhere. It's got a long way to go between where it is now and that goal, and how well the One M8 fares (or doesn't) could go a long way towards determining what sort of chances HTC has at making headway on that dream. Sales of the phone only just began last week, but already we're getting a sense of how strong demand is. Reports out of HTC's native Taiwan paint demand for the new One M8 as ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 11:54 AM

    Even in the absence of any specific rumors to its existence, we'd still be expecting HTC to be working on a new Mini version of this year's One M8, just as we got the first One Mini several months following the launch of its own parent phone. But luckily for us, we're not working on pure guesswork, and a couple leaks have already gotten quite specific about this new Mini hardware. Late last week, we caught the latest reference to the smartphone, leaving us wondering just how soon it might launch. We still don't have a firm date available, but some new rumors sure narrow-down the window ...

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  • by | March 31, 2014 11:04 AM

    Last week, shortly following the release of the new HTC One, some oddities regarding the Android's benchmark performance started coming to light. By all appearances, the phone was detecting when certain benchmark apps were being run and activating its high-performance mode, whether or not the user had specifically engaged it. But was this deceitful of HTC or not? The company has since issued a statement about the situation, and it doesn't seem to see anything wrong with its actions. HTC explains, “benchmarking tests look to determine maximum performance of the CPU and GPU and, similar to ...

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  • by | March 29, 2014 9:00 AM

    I'm tired of telling you what to think about the HTC One M8 camera. Actually, telling you how to feel isn't what a review is supposed to do; ideally, it provides information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not to buy a particular product. But that information needs to be placed in the proper context, and that always involves injecting some opinion –sometimes a great deal of it– into a piece. Finding a balance between the subjective and the objective is the tough part. Nowhere is that tougher than when discussing a smartphone's camera performance. We're not a ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 7:58 PM

    HTC absolutely hit the ball out of the park when it comes to retail availability for the just-launched 2014 One. Granted, not every carrier has it in stores just yet, but even making it available to just one on the same day the phone's announced is a major accomplishment; who among us isn't sick of waiting weeks if not months between launch day and when we can actually get our hands on these products? But while the new One itself has been for sale for a few days now, the same couldn't be said about the eye-catching Dot View case. While it wasn't around to pick up on launch day, HTC is ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 7:05 PM

    HTC introduced its first One back in February of last year; five months later, the One Mini (above) joined it. So, unsurprisingly, for much of the time we've been talking about the M8 arriving as this year's One, the notion of an M8 Mini has been bouncing around alongside it. Earlier this year, those rumors started getting quite specific, identifying part of a model number and later delivering detailed hardware info, including a 4.5-inch 720p display. Tonight this all new HTC One Mini is back in our thoughts, as a carrier seems to have inadvertently listed the phone on its website. Swedish ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 2:57 PM

    Tale as old as time, true as it can be, someone writes a benchmark, then someone goes and cheats. Last year, a minor scandal swept over the smartphone industry, with the discovery that certain smartphones were going out of their way to score highly on benchmark tests. Basically, rather than naturally governing performance (CPU core speed and task distribution between cores) in a way that would reflect real-world operation, manufacturers were hard-coding their phones with lists of known benchmark apps, and triggering their handsets to dial-up performance artificially. It's not that the ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 10:53 AM

    HTC is making a lot of noise about the dedicated depth sensor mounted above the camera on its new One M8. According to HTC, the new Duo Camera "improves noise reduction and elevates overall photo quality to levels previously unseen," and it also makes possible a range of artistic effects, like shallow depth-of-field simulation that allows for faux bokeh and other smart filters. Photo focus can also be changed after the shots are taken, as we demonstrated in our HTC One M7 vs HTC One M8 comparison. But critics say similar effects can be achieved with far less specialized hardware. Samsung's ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 11:03 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Microsoft Office for iPad announcement, and what does this mean even for iPhone and Android smartphone users. We then talk about the rumors of a Nokia Lumia 1820 and a Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, S5 Active and S5 Zoom according to case makers. HTC follows the news as the company intends to break sales records this year with the new One. Apple is next as we come across this cool patent of transparent texting. We end today's show talking about the possible delays in the launch of the iPhone 6 this year. All this and more after the break. ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 8:02 PM

    Despite early rumors suggesting that Samsung might finally leave plastic behind for the Galaxy S5, and deliver a smartphone carved from a chunk of metal, last month saw the company launch another plastic handset. What about those rumors claiming that there might be some “premium” version of the GS5 that would separately deliver a metal body? We recently saw those shot down by J.K. Shin himself. But now HTC is here with its new One, a phone that not only has top-shelf components inside, but a metal exterior that delivers the same refined flavor outside. Unsurprisingly, HTC is taking ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:38 PM

    Every year, we wait for the major players to release their aboslute best smartphone possible. Some bring the heavy artillery to CES in Las Vegas every January. Some wait for the mobile-specific show in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress. And others, like HTC this year, choose to go it alone. Either way, the first few months of the year are, consistently, when we can expect some of the biggest smartphone announcements of the year. Not every company adheres to that schedule, though. Apple announces and releases its flagship in the last half of every year, typically September. Samsung ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 11:53 AM

    HTC, as a smartphone company, finds itself in an interesting situation. Its share of the marketplace is down, and it's been struggling to turn a profit, yet at the same time it just put out one of the most eagerly anticipated and well-received phones in a long while. So does it have nothing going for it, or everything? CEO Peter Chou is clearly looking at his company's outlook in an extremely optimistic light, and has been talking about his desire to see HTC take back some of the stature it's lost in recent years. As we came out of 2013, HTC was responsible for about three percent of ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 11:00 AM

    HTC released a phone earlier this week, you may have heard of it. The HTC One M8 was unleashed on the world, and available for sale right away. This puppy is a beauty, let me tell you. It’s solid and beautiful and all Oh-Em-Gorgeous. Just looking at that spec sheet is enough to make you salivate. Snapdragon 801 processor. A gorgeous 5” SLCD3 1080p display. WOW! MicroSD Support! A 4 Mega pixel camera on the front. And on the back….oh wait. That’s on the…on the back? On the BACK?!?! Oh great! Another HTC mistake! That’s pretty much how the conversation went everywhere. Our own ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 8:00 AM

    HTC BlinkFeed. From vocal revulsion to grudging acceptance to quiet praise, the community’s feelings about HTC’s custom news and social stream have come quite a ways in the year since it was introduced. Now, after a full point upgrade and many enhancements, BlinkFeed on Sense 6 stands ready to help you waste some time – and we're here to show you how to help it help you. If you’re new to an HTC smartphone and apathetic to the tech scene, your first question will probably be: what is BlinkFeed? The easiest answer is that it's analogous the Facebook News Feed or the familiar ...

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