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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    Next month, some of the biggest names in smartphones will bring their new flagships to MWC. LG's all but confirmed its intent to announce the G5, and Samsung looks likely to unveil its Galaxy S7 series of handsets. But what about HTC? We'd sure expect to see the One M10, O2, Perfume – whatever you call it – go official in roughly the same timeframe, but so far there hasn't been much in the way of evidence specifically linking HTC's launch plans to MWC. Now a new rumor expands on that situation a little, claiming that HTC's One M9 follow-up will indeed sit MWC out, and we'll only see it ...

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    Absorbed by HTC’s virtual reality progresses, its possible intention of setting up a new company to focus on the Vive headset, and the general dire financial state of the Taiwanese business, we almost completely ignored One M8 and One M9’s speedy Marshmallow update turnaround. HTC may no longer be capable of selling phones like it used to, but when it comes to software support, it still ranks among the industry’s heavyweights, bringing its last two flagships up to date surprisingly fast in North America and now Europe. One M8 owners across the old continent should be getting ...

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    The twists and turns of the path of Nexus came to a head last year with two phones from different manufacturers — one a Google favorite, the other a rising star. Trade winds blew in word that a troubled legacy phonesmaker would be making both of this year's Nexus smartphone entries. Noted HTC leaker @LlabTooFeR has tracked down "alleged" HTC Nexus device codenames. Allegedly related to HTC Nexus devices codenames are: T50 T55 — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) January 19, 2016 There's little precedent for this codename format in both Nexus and HTC phone portfolios. As far as Android devices ...

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    There are two kinds of tech gossip. The good kind, where a fumbling giant is tipped to score a paramount partnership for its eventual comeback and survival, and the bad kind, where the same financially struggling company seeks to separate its most compelling product in years from the name and division it’s tried so hard to revive with little to no success. What do you do with the latter type of speculation? You frantically deny it, even though there may still be some truth to it, until you make the final call, at which point you simply rephrase your original statements. We’re not ...

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    The media hype machine has laid its adoration upon HTC and Valve for coming up with a mind-blowing virtual reality experience. But are you ecstatic about it yet? Are you willing to shell out double the price of the Oculus Rift 40 days out from pre-orders? That's what one eBay seller is hoping you'll do. Prospective buyers have up until January 24 at around 5pm Eastern to take a chance at this singular HTC Vive "pre-order." Price tag? €1,099 or $1,204. For scale, financial firms' estimates have been circling around the $1,500 threshold. There's free shipping, but the buyer pays customs ...

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    Is it too early to start talking about new Nexus phones? The early-year 2016 flagships aren't even official yet (leaving us understandably excited to see everything MWC has to offer), and we've got months to go of new Lumias, iPhones, and dozens upon dozens of other phones landing before we can realistically hope to see Google announce the next wave of Nexus handsets. That said, who doesn't like to have something to look forward to, and today we've got a very early rumor that an old friend could be returning to head up Google's Nexus efforts this year, producing not just one, but both of ...

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    HTC's on the cusp of an exciting new chapter in its story, as the firm gets ready for the start of commercial sales for its first-ever push into virtual reality devices, with the Vive getting ready to go up for pre-order in a few weeks. But for all the potential success HTC could find there, this new interest in VR may have some long-time HTC fans questioning the company's focus – especially with recent comments from CEO Cher Wang suggesting that VR may be even more important for HTC's future than phones. Will the HTC we know today soon be almost unrecognizable as its business interests ...

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    It’s been nearly a year since we first tried HTC and Valve’s game-changing VR headset. In the time since, it’s gotten a new name and better hardware, plus rumors of a hefty price tag to go with its four-month delivery delay. But despite the challenges, the Vive Pre still delivers the best virtual reality experience we've seen yet. We went hands-on with the new visor on our last day at CES 2016 and our entire ground team got to put their faces in Valve's virtual world; check out the video below for a taste of what we saw. (In the mood to read instead of view? For a full write-up of ...

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    Update: The podcast is available for direct download on this page right now! It'll also be hitting the RSS feeds (ergo, your podcatcher) at 3:00am ET on January 17. Enjoy! The comfortable Airbnb with the log burning in the fireplace is gone, as are the dry sandwiches and free coffee of the press room. We're back in our respective cities following the crazy hallway podcasting days of CES 2016, most of us wiser, all of us older, and at least one of us with a big 'ole post-Vegas beard. And now that you're caught up with where we're sitting ... we're gonna catch you up with what's new in ...

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    Compelling smartphone deals have stopped being a holiday-only affair a long time ago, but it’s a known fact January tends to be the slowest month of the year in terms of gadget sales, due among others to a proverbial stubbornness to not cut prices from manufacturers and retailers. When the occasional steal does crop up shortly after Christmas, it’s obviously wise to jump on it before it expires or inventory runs out. Case in point, Cricket’s latest batch of discounted prepaid handhelds, starting as low as $10, no contracts needed, no strings attached. Well, there is one string ...

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    I’m in the cockpit of a spaceplane, a control stick in my right hand and a throttle in my left. All around me, dotting the space between asteroids, are the explosions of my enemies. Their fiery destruction is recorded by the computer screens surrounding me, bathing me in a serene glow that reflects off the canopy over my head. In short, I’m in my own personal, impossible heaven. So why does it feel so … conventional?     The Vive Pre is the updated version of the original HTC Re Vive VR headset I tested nearly a year ago, the device that singlehandedly made me a VR believer by ...

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    HTC has had a legacy relationship with Windows, but it's been a dry one as of late. The One M8 for Windows came in about 16 months ago with Windows Phone 8.1 and we haven't heard anything in terms of updates to Windows 10 Mobile. But we know which HTC Windows device won't be getting the OTA update. @StefanMalter There are no further updates planned for the HTC Windows phone 8X currently ^CD — HTC UK (@HTC_UK) January 11, 2016 HTC UK tweeted out in delicate terms that the HTC 8X won't be updated for now. Many variables are still up in the air: is it just the UK units? What about the ...

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    The HTC Vive is one serious piece of kit, and in order to make the virtual reality experience it offers as compelling as can be, HTC will sell the visor with a powerful assortment of hardware. Beyond the headset itself, that means a pair of laser emitters to assist in head-tracking, as well as a pair of wireless controllers. And while that may all add up to one pretty nice spread, it's clear from just listing all these components that HTC's Vive package won't come in cheap. As we look forward to the start of pre-orders, last tipped to begin right at the end of February, everyone who's got ...

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    For much of the Pocketnow crew, CES 2016 was our first opportunity to try out the HTC Vive for ourselves, and for those of us who had seen it before, we still had the chance to check out the latest hardware improvements. And while some of us had a few reservations, it's safe to say we were all soundly impressed. HTC itself seems to be only too aware of just how big the buzz is surrounding its foray into the VR world, and CEO Cher Wang isn't mincing any words when she describes just how important the Vive is to the company's future. When first announced, we might have thought that the Vive ...

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    Vice City. Full of fattening foods, business propositions of the nether regions, fewer grand theft auto charges than you'd think would be there and — for one week out of the whole year — tech here, tech there and tech everywhere. I don't know how Pocketnow's largest ground crew survived through all of it, but they did. And they're here to tell the tale. (Recorded) LIVE from CES 2016, this is episode 182 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Check out the high-quality audio version of our podcast right here or on your podcasting feeds starting today at 11:00am Eastern or you can also catch our ...

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    As the smartphone market starts to feel overcrowded and flooded with way too many similar models incapable of true innovation, it shouldn’t come as a shock several of the industry’s veterans have seen their financials enter stagnation or decline levels in 2015. Samsung, Sony, Microsoft and BlackBerry are among the high-profile names that failed to reach their sales goals over the past year, but HTC probably bled money like no other company, including in December. You know, the month typically associated with gifts, discounts and commercial booms. Believe it or not, the One A9, One M9 ...

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    For better or worse, HTC seems to have embraced widespread iPhone “cloning” accusations, taking obvious cues from Apple even in its One A9 advertising efforts. Granted, Cupertino doesn’t own the copyright on any of the design elements imitated by the Taiwanese Android specialist, and a solid case can be made for the world’s most profitable tech corporation finding inspiration at the competition back in the day rather than the other way around. Ultimately, it’s best to let the market decide who copied who, and whose execution of similar concepts is better. The same goes for device ...

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    HTC finds itself travelling a difficult road as it has its fingers in many pies. Of course, there's the smartphone aspect that hasn't been driving as many sales as the company needs it to. It's struck up a partnership with Under Armour to smarten up fitness products, but the fruits of that labor are uncertain as of now and have only come after a long delay. What about its Vive VR headset that it co-opted with Valve to develop? It's also been pushed back, giving advantage to Oculus, not to mention all other competitors in the field. But money's still tight on HTC's side and this kind of ...

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    It's finally happening: after decades of false starts, and ambitions that ran two steps ahead of available technology, virtual reality is just about to go mainstream - and in a spectacularly commercial, practical, and maybe most importantly, accessible way. Multiple players are vying to be the gamer's choice for the VR headset to get (and let's face it, gaming is going to drive early adoption), and while they'll certainly have their pick of options, one of the most promising headsets comes from what once might have been an unlikely source - HTC. The HTC Vive is a few months away from its ...

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    Since day one of its troubled development, the HTC and Valve-co-manufactured Vive gear exuded this superior vibe of professionalism, power and futuristic skill compared to the Oculus Rift. But the 2012 startup that was acquired by Facebook two years later had way more time for tests, experiments and development kits, with the first consumer edition now up for pre-orders. As far as the HTC Vive is concerned, its makers promised the recent delays would be the last hurdles blocking the VR head-mounted display’s path to success, and April is reiterated as the new ETA at CES 2016 in Las ...

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    The future of connected fitness is here, and it comes in a big red box. When HTC and Under Armour invited me to a briefing on their newest “connected products” several weeks back, I felt the same way I always do about athletic technology: optimistic about the potential, but guarded because I’m really out of my depth when it comes to anything concerning fitness. And when the demo videos started rolling, a hard rock anthem playing over jump cuts between pro athletes and impossibly fit gym rats, I tuned out. I’d seen this kind of commercial before, more than once, and I had yet to ...

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    2015 wasn't the year for HTC to remember; despite solid flagships like the One M9 (and later variants), followed by the One A9, both the company's financials as well as the general public's reaction can testify to a rough year. Hoping to leave that behind, HTC and Under Armour are announcing the UA HealthBox at the ongoing CES 2016 in Las Vegas. This is not HTC's first collaboration with Under Armour. At the 2015 MWC the company has announced the Grip fitness band, but that wearable's story is a sad one too: availability was promised for spring of 2015, and, it still hasn't happened. ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    The taco emoji. That's it, thanks for reading. In any year, you'll get to see some major projects or startups put to bed. You'll get products that come out of the factories just fine (at least with the quality assurance staff) and then up conking out in your face seconds after you open the box. And there's always the unforced error. You know, the consumer flop that an R&D team somewhere thought would be a big hit. We don't take pleasure in exploiting hapless manufacturers through news and opinion pieces. But it wouldn't be fair of us, either, to not call these events what they're meant ...

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    In just a few short days, Pocketnow's CES crew will pack up their bags, hop on their flights, and start converging upon Las Vegas. We won't be the only ones headed out to the American Southwest, and companies from all over the world will similarly be flocking to Nevada to show off their latest hardware, services, and everything that goes with that. As we look forward to soaking it all in for ourselves, we thought we'd take a quick look around at the early announcements, the hottest rumors, and maybe even a long-shot or two as we share with you what's worth looking forward to from CES 2016. ...

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