HTC’s WF5w smartphone looks to be their thinnest device yet

htc WF5wA new HTC device was certified in China with the model number WF5w. This phone obviously isn’t official, but the Chinese certification page lists the physical dimensions at just 152 grams and 7.49 mm thin. That bests HTC’s current thinnest smartphone, the E9+, by a small margin.

The phone reportedly runs Android 5.0.2 with a 5.5-inch, 720p display. There’s an octa-core processor on board, 2 GB of RAM, 13 megapixel front and rear cameras, and 16 GB of internal storage with an SD card slot. The phone isn’t bad by any stretch, but it’s clear the thinness will be the most unique feature here. Read more

Rumour: HTC to cut component orders for One M9 by 30%

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While Samsung decided to push the boat out with its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones in terms of design and construction materials, HTC were content to rely on the same formula that saw its One M8 and One M7 smartphones garner well-deserved awards and praise. Unsurprisingly to some (although not to Rob), it would seem that HTC’s apparent complacency when it came to the design of the One M9, is coming home to roost.

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HTC’s rumoured 7-inch H7 tablet gets spotted with Quad-core CPU and Dual-SIM support

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If you discount manufacturing the Nexus 9 tablet for Google, HTC has been out of the tablet market for quite a while, with its last offerings being the JetStream and Flyer devices. Thanks to a recent tumour and today’s spotting of the HTC H7 tablet on India’s import-export database, Zauba, it seems that HTC are gearing up to re-enter the tablet market before the end of the second quarter.

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MixRadio leaves beta, announces new partnership with HTC

mixradio bannerAfter being purchased by LINE from Microsoft and Nokia, MixRadio has ditched its beta tag and hit Google’s App Store. The music streaming service tries to offer a more personalized approach to your music by learning what you like and playing things it thinks you’ll like. Other apps have tried to do this with mixed success, so it’ll be interesting to see if MixRadio can pull it off.

The app has also announced a partnership with HTC that will curate music news to BlinkFeed on HTC devices. As the service learns what music you like, it will display relevant info and news about artists and genres you like in your news feed. It’s a pretty nifty use of BlinkFeed that hopefully works as well as it sounds. Read more

HTC One M9 not getting a ‘mini’ version

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The HTC One (M7) and One (M8) both had ‘mini’ versions with watered-down specifications released at lower prices. Their displays measured 4.3 inches and 4.5 inches, respectively. The One Mini was released in July 2013 and the One Mini 2 arrived in May 2014. If the company were to do the same with the One M9, we would expect the One Mini 3 relatively soon. However, Jack Tong of HTC North Asia seemingly confirmed that the line of ‘mini’ versions is done.

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HTC still considering taking a stab at the budget-friendly tablet market

Nexus_9_LTEWe’ve heard multiple times that HTC wanted to get back into the tablet market with something based off of their recent Nexus 9. While the Nexus 9 fills a high end role, (and is mostly maintained by Google) HTC was planning on releasing something a little lower-end to try to appeal to the budget-minded consumers all while keeping some of the fantastic features of the N9. Nothing concrete has come out of those rumors yet, though. Read more

HTC Car app gets moved into the Play Store for easy updating

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The HTC Car app claimed a new home in the Play Store this morning. Owners of select HTC devices will notice that an update has been pushed to the device; however, there is not actually an update. The changelog reads “Now available for updates on the Play Store.” Doing so allows HTC to easily update its app that enables car mode for drivers. Rather than making users wait for device software updates, changes can be made from the Play Store.

Could this move have anything to do with the company’s potential push into automobiles? We will have to wait and see.

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