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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:

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    A couple days back, word landed that Microsoft was nearly ready to release the next Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, with Gabriel Aul tweeting that preparations were in the works to have the release ready to go sometime this week. And while he couldn't commit to that happening for sure, leaving the door open for a delay if any last-minute issues popped up, it looks like things went about as smoothly as could be hoped, and today Microsoft makes Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10080 available for smartphone testers. Maybe the biggest deal here is new hardware support, and with this ...

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    Rumors about HTC's next Butterfly-series smartphone have been bouncing around since well before the One M9 itself launched, painting the picture of an extremely high-end device. With specs like a Snapdragon 810 SoC and a 5.2-inch quad HD display, it sounded like the phone would pick some of the best components from both the One M9 and the subsequently launched One M9 Plus. Reports suggested that HTC could be planning to go official with the new Butterfly sometime this month, and today the company does just that, announcing the new J Butterfly for Japan. Just as the rumors suggested, that ...

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    Is HTC committed to the tablet market or not? After a couple forgettable early efforts, last year the company returned strong as the manufacturer behind Google's Nexus 9. That's fueled no shortage of rumors that we'd be seeing some new tablets released under the OEM's own branding, but so far none have managed to materialize. Most recently, that's included a supposed model T1H for the Chinese market, sounding very much like an SoC-swapped Nexus 9, but confirmation has remained out of reach. Now rumors address another possible HTC tablet, hinting a lower-end device that could launch in the ...

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    Google released Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 9 last Thursday. So if you've been eager to try out the latest Android build on your tablet, a screen like the one above can be extremely frustrating: you know that update is out there, but your Nexus 9 just hasn't seen it arrive yet. What's an Android fan to do? Well, Google's already made available a 5.1.1 factory image for the Nexus 9 (download link below), which you're free to flash at your convenience, but if you haven't unlocked your tablet's bootloader, you're looking forward to a data wipe in the process. Of course, there's a better way ...

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    Love it or hate it, HTC's BlinkFeed is an integral part of the company's Sense UI. This section of social and news content is designed to add value to customers, by filtering information of pre-defined interest to the user, and in some cases curated content. Whether it is of added value is still a topic of polarized points of view, but rumors have it that it isn’t going to get better going forward. A leaked slide from a probable HTC internal presentation shows the company's plans for BlinkFeed in the near future. The company's first goal seems to be to generate additional revenue by ...

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    Android 5.1 went official just about two months ago now. Within days of the announcement, not only were 5.1 factory images available for many Nexus devices, but OTA updates had been tracked down for convenient sideloading. It was all pretty great – unless you had a Nexus 9. Despite being among the newest of Google's Nexus models, it saw its predecessors pass right by it in line for 5.1 updates. In the weeks since, Google's teased us with a new 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 9, but still no Android 5.1. Today that finally looks like it's about to change, as Google announces the start of Nexus ...

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    During our initial review of the HTC One M9's new camera, we came away kind of disappointed. It didn't do so well when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 either. Sure, it has a 20 megapixel sensor with an f/2.2, 27.8mm lens protected by sapphire cover material, and that offers a lot more detail than HTC's previous 4 megapixel cameras, but the images looked so over-processed. The heavy noise reduction killed the details while over sharpening put white halos around the edges and slight exposure differences seemed kind of random. Well, recently HTC provided an update to the camera software ...

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    If you accidentally drop your One M9 and its screen shatters, HTC's got your back: shortly after the One M9's launch earlier this year, HTC announced its “Uh Oh” coverage for the flagship smartphone, offering a free screen replacement for one year following purchase. For butter-fingered smartphone owners, that sounds like a very attractive offer, and one that goes pretty far towards providing some peace of mind. But is all this talk of replacement screens distracting us from an important issue concerning the choice of glass HTC uses when building the One M9? A new rumor suggests that ...

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    As a large chunk of Nexus 9 owners know at this point, the waiting has been long and hard for an official over-the-air update to the latest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop. For a Nexus device, it's natural to be yearning for updates as soon as possible, but that simply doesn't look to be happening with this device. In a move that is sure to leave some owners groaning, Google has today started rolling out a Nexus 9 Android 5.0.2 update. The update is only a small bump up from the 5.0.1 build – it's build number LRX22L, too, if you were wondering. It's likely a combination of various ...

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    Even though HTC is very desperate for a turnaround, products like the HTC One M9 didn’t reach the goal of wowing reviews. We thought the market felt otherwise given HTC's success in Q1 when compared to last year, but it seems that success was short lived. Figures for the company's performance last month are now available, and they don't paint a pretty picture. HTC was able to gather just $439.95 million in sales, which is down a whopping 38.6% year-over-year, as last April reported $719.24 million. If compared to March, sales declined 32.26% after the company reported $652.44 million. ...

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    Even with the lukewarm reception that the HTC One M9 has received, this hasn't stopped the company from launching device alternatives like the HTC One M9+ and the HTC One E9+ in the Asian market. There is still no word as to when we can expect any of these models in the rest of the world, but it seems that HTC is at it again for another product launch. TENAA certification documents now reveal the existence of an HTC One M9e, which resembles more the One M9+ than the One E9+ when it comes to internals. The documents claim that we have a 2.2GHz octa-core processor, a 5.2-inch 2560x1440 ...

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    If you have an HTC One mini 2 (aka One M8 mini), like we do, you are wondering when exactly will you receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, just like your friends rocking the One M8. Currently, the One mini 2 is running Android 4.4.2, and it sure looks like that's what it will stay one. In October of last year, HTC confirmed that the device will get Lollipop at one point down the road, but now it has been confirmed that the HTC One mini 2 Lollipop update won't happen. The Taiwanese phone maker said on Twitter, replying to a customer inquiry on the refresh, that it "determined that ...

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    HTC is releasing a new phone called the Butterfly 3 which should launch in Asia soon. Looking at its expected list of features, which is quite impressive, we're all scratching our heads wondering why HTC's current flagship, the One M9, is so "ordinary" compared to the Butterfly 3. The HTC One M9 has a 5.0-inch, 1080P display. The Butterfly 3 is likely going to bump that spec to 5.1- or 5.2-inches, but all rumors are pointing to a quad HD display rather than "standard" HD,  just like on the One M9 Plus. That's not to say the Butterfly 3 is the One M9 Plus - despite some important ...

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    Picking up the HTC One M9, we had such high hopes for the phone's camera. HTC has really been trying to find a way to shine with its smartphone imaging, and while some of those efforts have come up short of our expectations, we couldn't fault the company for trying. So when the One M9 rolled in with its 20MP sensor, our optimism ran high. As we put the phone through its paces during our review period, it soon became clear that this wasn't quite the camera we'd been hoping for. The nice thing about smartphones, though, is that software plays such a large role in how things operate that even ...

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    Last year, with the One M8, HTC had a collaboration with Phunk Studios to create unique designs, in limited availability for the 2014 flagship. Following up on that, the Taiwanese phone manufacturer debuts the HTC One M9 INK campaign, and enrolls model Jourdan Dunn (known for her Maybelline, Victoria’s Secret, CK, DKNY, Hilfiger, Balmain, YSL Beauty, and TopShop collaborations). The HTC One M9 INK campaign will bring a limited edition series of devices with unique, ink-inspired, designs, in collaboration with "notable people in the fashion, art, and design worlds". Jourdan Dunn is ...

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    It's that time of the year again, when Q2 is just kicking off and companies begin releasing their Q1 earnings reports. We've already taken a look at what heavy-hitters such as Apple had to share with regards to their financials, now let's talk HTC Q1 2015 earnings. The Taiwanese manufacturer has recorded this quarter 25% year-over-year growth when compared to the same reporting period from the previous year. A profit has been made of about NT$0.36 billion, which translates to US$11 million – while this is slightly worse than last quarter's showing of NT$0.5 billion, this is remarkably ...

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    A good audio experience is one of the biggest deciding factors for me when I’m looking into buying a new smartphone. “Does it have front-facing speakers?” “How loud do the speakers get?” “What about earpiece sound quality?” Especially given how much music I listen to and how many YouTube videos I watch with my friends and coworkers on a daily basis, having loud, clear sound no matter where I go is important to me. Ever since the One M7, HTC has become sort of a household name when it comes to smartphone audio. Its BoomSound speakers are louder than just about anything else ...

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    What's HTC up to this year with its Butterfly series of Androids? While in the past it's been something like a One-relative with a focus on Asian markets, this year we have the One M9 Plus, which also hits a lot of the same notes we'd expect from a Butterfly model. Indeed, just last month we were checking out some Butterfly 3 rumors that suggested the phone could get a quad HD 5.2-inch display, just like on the One M9 Plus. This week some possible Butterfly 3 specs have been uncovered via benchmark, and while they still share some important similarities with the One M9 Plus, it's starting ...

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    It's not a secret that a majority of Google's earnings comes from advertising, but there is a small subset of income that comes from the company's other (more device-related ventures), such as the Play Store and Nexus device program. For perspective, that subset is even clumped into its own "other revenues" category on Google's earnings reports; it makes up a small amount of what Google actually makes. Although, it isn't an unsubstantial bit – this Google Nexus revenue decline does indeed concern us despite its tiny placement on the earnings report released by Google for Q1. Google had ...

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    Man, HTC, I just don’t know what to do with you. You try and redefine the industry with a new kind of camera, you fail, you try again with the same thing, you fail, and then you re-join the mainstream and you fail at that. Just what the actual heck, HTC? Maybe we need to take a step back and look at how we arrived here. History Two years ago, HTC designed and released one of the most beautiful phones to ever grace a hand. The HTC One, later known as the HTC One M7, was a gorgeous piece of hardware, but then HTC dropped the bomb on us in the form of a four ultrapixel camera. "What?! Four ...

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    Over the years since smartphones became a "thing", specifications have been on a continual march upward. Processors have gotten faster (from megahertz in the hundreds to gigahertz in the plural), they've also added cores (with quad- and even octa-cores being commonplace). RAM has increased from a few dozen MB to a few GB. Storage has increased. Data speeds are through the roof! One area that hasn't seen much improvement over the years is battery capacity. Though battery capacities may still be lagging, OEMs are doing the next best thing: decreasing our charge times. I'm Joe Levi with ...

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    HTC can never seem to catch a break when it comes to the cameras in their smartphones. They’ve tried large pixels, they’ve tried many pixels, they’ve tried the strange dual sensor setup from the One M8… If nothing else, you have to give them participation points. But no matter what HTC does, the end result is always the same: subpar performance that falls short of the competition. A lot of people, myself included, have learned to accept that fact, and continue to buy HTC phones anyway for their outstanding build quality, BoomSound speakers, and so on. But if you look around at the ...

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    HTC is clearly looking to expand to other markets that go beyond just smartphones, tablets and wearables. The HTC Vive is a clear example of the company taking Virtual Reality further, and even the word further is an understatement to Michael's experience with the Vive at MWC 2015. Still, this is not the only emerging market with promise of significant growth, and today we learn of HTC's next step. IoV, or Internet of Vehicles, is a market that's beginning to grow in Asia. This is really not about having your phone connect to a vehicle (even though it can be a feature), but more of a ...

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    Up until recently I was very much of the opinion that HTC made beautiful phones and Samsung - to put it mildly - didn't. With the release of the Galaxy S6, that opinion is shifting. Sure, HTC still makes beautiful hardware (both aesthetically and functionally), but when we're talking about Android, Samsung is the uncontested leader, leaving all other OEMs to fight for light in its ever-expanding shadow. How can HTC escape? Copycat First we've got to admit that Samsung is a copycat. Apple is the leader in mobile design. Yes, I know, I'm "Joe the Android Guy", but even I can see that much is ...

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    Flagships are a way for OEMs to show off their latest and greatest technologies and prove,once and for all, they are king of the hill - for a little while anyway. Today HTC has the One M9 and Samsung has the Galaxy S6. Both are powerhouses in their own right, but the LG G4 could eclipse each of them. Looking at the specifications, the three top-tier phones all seem to be pretty closely matched. HTC and Samsung opt for 4 x 4 processor configurations with the LG G4 employing a six-core solution. RAM is the same across the board. LG and Samsung have screens with the same resolution, but LG ...

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