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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    The HTC Vive has become such an important focus of the company’s business, that there are even rumors of a branch spin-off recently, but is the Vive truly worth more dedicated focus? Virtual Reality is not just difficult to show off in a video review, but also a hard concept to explain for someone who’s never tested a service. I’ve actually had to invite friends and family to test the Vive because everyone thinks this is similar to a Samsung Gear VR, and there’s simply room for comparison. For starters the HTC Vive is a product designed from the ground up for VR. The words Virtual ...

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    HTC has always not been just about its prime offerings for its respective series. It's also been about slightly iterating on those prime offerings and sending those tweaked phones to different markets (to awkward results). Heck, it slightly iterates on year-old flagships and treats them as brand spankin' new machines — see the One M8s or the One S9. The latest rebadge has come from Taiwan to Europe. The One M9s got an "early" release in the ROC (because why not?) as it was only seven months off the One M9's release. It had a MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 2GB of RAM and a f/2.0 ...

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    In specs Chinese trust. Apparently, HTC couldn't take that maxim seriously enough to have released its full-power HTC 10 in China. Instead, pre-orders went up on TMall and JD.com for the HTC 10 Lifestyle — the exact same flagship as the HTC 10 that everyone else gets ... except for the mid-range Snapdragon 652 that's in place of the Snapdragon 820 and 3GB of RAM instead of 4GB. While the phone does come standard with 64GB, the price stacks up to ¥3,799 or a fairly stiff $583. Focus Taiwan is reporting that after 11 days on the market, only 251 units have been pre-ordered. HTC has yet ...

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    Is the Vive too big for HTC? Talk is rampant over the Taiwanese manufacturer's new company with "industry sources" saying that it will take HTC's VR business and get spun-off. A spin-off would go against HTC's pivot to creating tech products that encompass a lifestyle rather than just focusing on smartphones as it traditionally has. The company had to quash rumors that it was selling its headquarters to invest in the Vive. It's also been fighting speculation that it will separate its VR business from the main company. Direct income from a big product such as the Vive would be sorely needed ...

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    Well, this is quite an unusual turn of events. Typically, it’s device manufacturers like HTC and LG that are accused of finding inspiration in Samsung or Apple designs, names and marketing tactics, although the allegations often have little factual or historic support. Today, Samsung comes under fire for purportedly exploring the release of an uncommonly powerful mid-range smartphone strongly resembling the HTC One M9 and, for that matter, several past flagships of the Taiwanese company. Before going any further, let’s take a step back and clarify the Galaxy C5 isn’t out yet. It’s ...

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    If you bought your HTC 10 unlocked and direct from the company and were early in on the game, your device probably got shipped today. The company's sending out emails and a tweet to let everyone know that it's begun shipping the phone — compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile cellular bands — out to customers. We've got good news: if you pre-ordered an #HTC10, they've now started shipping. We're fulfilling orders as they were received. — HTC USA (@HTCUSA) May 4, 2016 Verizon kicked off shipments of its own HTC 10 devices early today while Sprint is holding off all sales until May 13. ...

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    HTC made some significant changes to the BoomSound hardware on the HTC 10. The One M7 introduced us to the joys of front facing stereo speakers on a phone, and the One M8 and M9 continued that design. The 10 shifts things around though. Likely a necessity to include the fingerprint sensor on the front face, we no longer have true stereo playback. Instead the top speaker, which doubles as the phone call earpiece, produces most of the high pitched and mid range audio, while a bottom firing speaker fills in the lower mids and bass. It's an interesting experiment to be sure, and there's been ...

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    Android distribution numbers are out for the previous month and it seems like platform stratification has started to unwind just a bit. Out of the 11 APIs recognized, seven lost share while Marshmallow was the only version of the OS to grow in share. Lollipop is still the largest contingent in the space with 35.6 percent of the pie while KitKat, experiencing the largest loss for the month, is holding onto second place with 32.5 percent share. Marshmallow is still behind the 20.1 percent that Jelly Bean had, but it ate up all of the other versions' losses with a near 3 point gain to 7.5 ...

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    Gone are the days HTC’s Android smartphones all looked the same, although it’s still a little confusing to tell which mid-ranger is which. The flagship HTC 10 is of course unique from an aesthetic standpoint, at least for the time being, while the One S9 strongly resembles the age-old M9, and the Desire 825 and 830 share a few key elements, but also each walk their own path where it counts. Officially unveiled earlier today in Taiwan, the HTC Desire 830 cleans up the 825’s wacky rear pattern, ditches capacitive for on-screen buttons, slims down bezels, and serves up very elegant ...

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    The tale of HTC’s as-yet unannounced rookie smartwatch is one as old as time, with updates served up by otherwise credible tipsters once every few months, but no materialization. A possible explanation for the constant holdup is the Taiwanese company’s fragile financial condition, though the Vive VR headset and redesigned HTC 10 flagship phone may soon give rise to an unlikely comeback. It’s perhaps why we’re inclined to trust the newly rumored ETA more than previous such speculation, with the HTC… Watch or One Watch or however it’ll end up being called now expected out in ...

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    Sometimes it feels like choosing a mobile carrier is practically rolling the dice when it comes to your smartphone's update future. Will you end up on the luckier side of things, ending up closer to the front of the line when updates finally start heading out, or will you be like those kids with Z last names, doomed to be at the back of the stage on graduation day? HTC fans on AT&T know what the waiting game is like all too well, and while we've seen Android Marshmallow updates come to both the HTC One M8 and One M9 months ago across multiple carriers, AT&T users have been left ...

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    HTC's next flagship is so close, we can almost taste it. In just a manner of days, the HTC 10 will descend on markets around the world, giving users everywhere some of their first experiences with the handset. Back when we reviewed the HTC 10, we called it “a great smartphone, with amazing build quality, powerful specs, and just a need for a couple of tweaks in its camera software,” and wouldn't you know it, but just such a software update has landed in time for the phone's wide release, boosting camera performance in the process. With all the pieces falling into place, you may be ...

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    The Nexus nebula, as thick as it is, could use some more muddying. Huawei had done a bang-up job with the Nexus 6P according to critics across the board. There was a little doubt to its future-proofedness, though: it had a Snapdragon 810 and 3GB of RAM. These specs were old news by the end of September last year. Why not really step things up? Well, we don't know why not. And we don't know why a "google Nexus 6P" has popped up again in Geekbench with some weirdo changes. 4GB of RAM? A Snapdragon 820? Android N? The codename "Marlin"? What's happening here? We thought HTC was supposed ...

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    Google's been selling Nexus hardware for years, offering shoppers a chance to take home a “pure” Android experience with some of the best software support in the business. Starting as a phone-only affair, the lineup's since matured with tablet options, as well as multiple handsets selling alongside each other. But in recent years, Google's love affair with Nexus tablets seemed to be waning, and the last such model we got was 2014's Nexus 9. Now the era of that HTC-made tablet is starting to come to a close, as Google puts an end to its Nexus 9 sales. As of today, Google's no longer ...

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    We got 2016 started with some rumors that weren't talking about new flagship phones a couple months away, or summer's hot new models, but instead some high-profile handsets probably landing until closer to fall: Google's next Nexus phones. Coming off a year of two such models, from two different manufacturers, the rumor suggested that Google would come back with another pair of handsets, but this time from one OEM: HTC. In the months since we haven't heard any better theories about Google's 2016 Nexus lineup, and this HTC idea has only picked up steam. Today a new rumor adds its own ...

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    The HTC 10 is a work in progress. At the time this video was produced, it was still only available for pre-order, and units had not yet shipped to consumers. Given that reviewers had access to pre-release software, we wanted to see how HTC would respond to early criticisms focused on camera performance. This camera represents a significant departure from last year's One m9. Like Samsung, HTC is also walking away from the megapixel wars, reducing resolution to 12MP, while increasing sensor size. This brings us back to the Ultrapixel moniker, and those larger individual dots are designed to ...

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    HTC, in partnership with Valve, and Oculus, which is owned by Facebook and can also call Samsung a reliable ally, seem to be in a stalemate as they each try to take the lion’s share of early VR headset sales and profits. Until not long ago, the Rift was at an advantage over the Vive, thanks to a stronger pre-existing fanbase and lower price, but the score has been evened by the former’s deeper manufacturing troubles and longer shipping delays. The HTC Vive appears to be edging out the smartphone-pairing battle too, and according to the DIY experts from iFixit, it’s easier to repair ...

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    With the era of consumer VR now upon us, as products like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive welcome users into high-quality virtual worlds the likes of which they'd previously only dreamt about, exciting new opportunities are unfolding before companies and content creators looking to tap into the burgeoning VR market. Encouraging their efforts isn't just good for users, giving them more to do with their VR hardware, but also the companies behind such devices, helping them to move more headset. That's why HTC is helping lead a team interested in funding some of these next-gen VR experiences, as ...

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    Right now, we're still just a couple weeks removed from HTC's last big smartphone launch, with the debut of the HTC 10. But as shoppers get ready to welcome that new flagship into their lives, we're already learning about even more HTC hardware. Just yesterday we checked out some of the first evidence to arrive for the Desire 830, and while we're still waiting for that model to go official, today we've got another new HTC handset that's already launching, as HTC reveals the One S9. As the phone's name should help clue you in, the One S9 has a lot more in common with the design of last ...

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    The HTC Vive virtual reality headset seemed at a major disadvantage compared to the Oculus Rift when it went up for pre-orders a couple of months back. Not only was it a little late to the party, but its arch-rival started at a more palatable $600 price as well, and it had a huge Kickstarter fanbase. Unfortunately for Oculus and fair competition in a fledgling scene that badly needs it in order to thrive, Rift deliveries are being plagued by key component shortages. Meanwhile, the Vive is itself backordered, but unless something bad and unanticipated happens, it should ship “around ...

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    HTC has its 2020 vision and its all somewhat pixelated and awesome and it'll make you light-headed if the company's head's in it for too long. We're talking about the Vive, of course, but the chief of the unit overseeing the product, Wang Tsung-ching, is banking on it. During this year's China Green Company Annual Conference, Wang said that HTC's VR output and sales will be more important than its smartphones within the next four years. Wang also said that virtual reality technology will have great applications in professional uses like mental and physical health assessment. It's not ...

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    The HTC 10 seems to put the financially struggling Taiwanese OEM in a decent position for an unlikely high-end comeback, but without a concerted effort in the mid-range smartphone segment, let’s just say one swallow will not a summer make. It’s perhaps illustrative of the company’s current Desire-series popularity that three such models saw daylight only a couple of months ago, and as far as the Android-loving masses are concerned, it’s as if they never existed. A fourth 2016 entry in the Desire franchise is nonetheless in the pipeline, according to a trusted insider, who has the ...

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    The "Hipster Troll Carwash" has become the "Hot Topic Craze" in mobile tech, at least for this microsecond. HTC has found its footing once again with the HTC 10 and with a clear month until Motorola — under Lenovo — has something to offer, we'll see a full month's of worth of sales. But it has to start somewhere. In the US, Verizon said it has first dibs for carriage. In the UK, it's Three that has started pre-orders for the phone with deliveries targeted for May 6. Three is currently only offering the phone purchased with a two-year contract plan and an upfront fee of £49. We'll ...

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    2016 is off to a terrific smartphone start. Samsung's focus this year is on refining what we liked about the Galaxy S6. We keep the metal and glass build, with more of a Note 5 style curved back, and lifestyle features like water resistance and MicroSD card expansion return. The second year of this hardware look has produced a formidable handset. HTC is getting back to basics. The One M9 fell prey to the performance concerns of the Qualcomm 810, and featured some rough design element. The HTC 10 polishes those edges, and delivers on performance. Simplifying the Sense skin, whittling down ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret Apple had a much worse year-opening calendar quarter than usual, as iPhone 6s demand uncharacteristically contracted worldwide and its number one rival was smart enough to prematurely launch a new Android flagship duo. But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the early March Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rollout didn’t drive sufficient new adoption for Samsung handhelds in general for the Korean OEM to beat Cupertino on the latter’s home turf. It was close, though ultimately, iPhones took the lion’s share of January – March US activations, ...

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