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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 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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  • by | March 31, 2014 11:44 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the HTC One (M8), its sales performance, and what HTC has to say about benchmark manipulation. Then we talk about Apple's App Store, and the recent changes that the company plans due to different exchange rates. Samsung follows the news as apparently the company is asking Google to step-in and defend Android in the trial against Apple. Microsoft is next as we talk about some cool new features that may come on Windows Phone 8.1. We end today's show talking about the iPhone 6 and its leaked photos. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • 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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