Samsung Galaxy S 5 issues Ice Bucket Challenge

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In a new twist on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Samsung has posted a video of their flagship Samsung Galaxy S 5 getting dunked under some ice water. Using a computer generated voice, the device notes the icy water is “freezing” before issuing a challenge to the iPhone 5S, the HTC One (M8) and the Nokia Lumia 930. Of course, one of the features of the Galaxy S 5 is a level of water resistance, something none of the challenged devices claim.

Do you think this was a smart marketing move by Samsung or is it bad form to try to ride on the back of a charitable organization’s efforts to raise funds? Hit the break to view the video of the Galaxy S 5 getting dunked.
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HTC has mysterious smartphone compatible with Sprint working its way through the FCC

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A new FCC filing has been discovered that describes an HTC phone that would be compatible with Sprint or any of the carriers that use the Sprint network, like Virgin Mobile or Boost Mobile. The model number for the device is 0PCV100. Besides working on LTE bands 25, 26, and 41 and having a removable back cover and replaceable battery, not much else can be gleaned from the FCC filing. We really cannot even tell if it will be an Android-based device. Sources have noted that HTC tends to seal up their high-end devices which could suggest this is a mid-range or lower-tier device.

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HTC teases new device, could be the Desire 820

HTCDesire820HTC posted a new image on its official Weibo account teasing a new device. As we can see from the image above 820 is a prominent figure suggesting that the Taiwanese company will be debuting the rumored Desire 820 sometime soon. It’s possible that with IFA in a few short weeks, we could see it then.

At this point, not much is known about the device. What the device has for hardware is anyone’s guess. Of course as we edge closer to IFA we may get a bit more of a glimpse of the rumored device. We’ll keep you updated as this develops.

source: Weibo
via: G for Games

Verizon HTC One Max receiving Sense 6

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Good news for you Verizon HTC One Max owners – your phone is being updated to the latest version of HTC’s third-party firmware. That’s right, Sense 6.0 is headed your way through a 613.5MB update that brings your device up to software version 3.09.605.2, includes a revamped BlinkFeed experience, several updated core apps, new font and color customizations and a handful of important bug and security fixes that should improve the performance of your device.

You can go ahead and see if your device is ready for the update by heading to Settings -> About -> Software Updates. If you don’t see it just yet, don’t worry, it’s on its way.

Source: Verizon Wireless

HTC Butterfly 2 released to Asian markets

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HTC has announced the release of their latest device in the Butterfly line of devices. Going by the long name HTC J butterfly HTL23 in Japan through KDDI, the device is really the HTC Butterfly 2. That easier name is how it will be marketed through Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, CSL in Hong Kong, and other carriers in South Asian markets. Regardless of what it is called, it is probably a device that many people outside those markets wish HTC would make available on a wider scale as it combines some of the best features of the HTC One (M8) and the HTC One (E8) with a sprinkling of upgrades.
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Android 4.4.3 update rolling out to T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8)

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A software update is rolling out to HTC One (M8) owners on T-Mobile. The build is 2.22.531.5 and it contains Google’s Android 4.4.3 update. HTC has even bundled in the security fixes found in Android 4.4.4 in addition to everything that the labeled version of Android has (which is really just bug fixes). For HTC’s proprietary software, a slew of applications and futures have been improved.


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HTC releases limited edition PHUNK M8

Limited-Edition-Phunk-HTC-One-M8_boxHTC took to its blog yesterday to announce the limited edition One M8. Collaborating with PHUNK Studios, an “internationally acclaimed art and design collective based out of Singapore,” HTC released 64 specially designed M8s in select global markets. Sporting a theme called “Wonderment,” the phone will offer a sneak peek to PHUNK’s upcoming exhibition that will seen throughout Japan.


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HTC’s Zoe (Beta) hits the Play Store, works with all Android 4.4 devices

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Earlier this week, HTC announced that its proprietary software would launch in the Play Store for other Android devices. The company’s first application part of this new strategy is now available to download. Zoe is an app that can put together highlight videos based on the content captured with your device. It works with both photographs and videos to produce the final product. Users sign in with a Google, Facebook, or HTC account.

Zoe can serve two purposes. It has editing features to enhance your highlight reel. There are filters and users can attach a soundtrack. Then there is the social aspect. A profile contains a users content and others can like and comment on it. Also, content can be shared to other social networks. There is an option to choose who can see what on your profile. The entire app is in beta and the first full version will not arrive until sometime this fall. Because of this, HTC is open to any feedback in order to improve Zoe.

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HTC will make proprietary software available to other Android devices

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HTC tried to knock it out of the park with some of the sexiest phones known to man, but they ended up striking out. Now HTC is going to try something completely different in an effort to increase sales and profits.

The Taiwanese company has set up a separate business unit that will build software for other Android devices from Samsung, LG, and others. It’s called HTC Creative Labs and it employs roughly 260 people in Seattle, San Francisco, and Taipei.


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