HTC is now pushing out the long-awaited Lollipop update to all unlocked models of the One (M7) located in the United States. The 729.59MB, upgrade which carries version number 7.18.531.2, transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hot on the heels of EE’s announcement earlier today, UK operator Vodafone is now taking pre-orders for HTC’s flagship smartphone of 2015, the One (M9). The handset is available to purchase on any of its 2-year plans starting at £26.50 a month with a £169 down payment.
It looks like HTC has a plan to tackle the high-end smartphone market. As we all know, HTC has been working hard at building a gorgeous phone over the last few years and with general success at doing so. Even so, HTC hasn’t been able to chip into the Apple/Samsung dominated smartphone market and as such HTC must show how the One M9 differentiates itself from both Android phones and the iPhone 6. Well, HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie seems to to know this and has hinted that HTC has a plan in place to do so.
ComScore has reported their numbers for the US smartphone market share for November 2014 through January 2015. The numbers are almost identical to how things looked three months ago, with Apple claiming the top spot, Samsung close at #2, and LG, Motorola, and HTC pulling up the next three places. Read more
Hot on the heels of images posted yesterday that allegedly show the HTC One M9 Plus, the same Chinese source has posted a couple more pics via their Weibo account. The device shown in these new images appears to have a combination silver/gold finish. Read more
With all the excitement the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge seems to have brought, some people may have forgotten that HTC has unleashed its third generation HTC One on the world. While some feel the M9 is less than worthy of a generational upgrade (those same folks said the same thing about the S3 going to the S4), the phone took what users didn’t like about the M8 and refined it to make it better.
That said, we’re still waiting on the release of the phone, but in the mean time, we have Iron Man aka Robert Downey Jr. narrating a video about the new M9 and another video that’s “out of this world.” We have them for you after the break. Enjoy!
The HTC One was unveiled a couple of years ago, and at that time, the “M” naming scheme was birthed. HTC has released the One M7, One M8, and the soon to be One M9. I often wondered what the Mx designation meant, and today we know thanks to HTC Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon.
If you remember, before the original One M7 was announced, it was rumored to exist under a codename of M7. Eventually when they announced the phone, that M7 name stuck with it. We don’t know where the “M” part of the equation came from, but we do know what the numbers represent.
Images of the HTC One M9 Plus (or Ultra) has leaked again. It looks much like the basic One M9, except the camera lens is rounder. It’s also missing the Duo Camera setup that we saw in January’s leak. Sporting a 5.2-inch Quad-HD (2560 x 1440) display, it’s not much of an upgrade as one would expect. What I mean is that you would expect the display to be much bigger as in 5.5 to 6.0-inches. It’s also rumored that it will never leave China.
HTC currently uses Swype as its input engine for its default keyboard, which has been a great engine so far. However, it looks like HTC is trying to find some greener pastures with another company, as TouchPal will be used for the input engine in the future, not Swype. Read more
The HTC One M9 was only announced a couple of days ago at MWC, so it’s pretty normal not to have pricing details available. But seeing as HTC are currently running a SweepStakes Promotion where you can win one of five One M9 handsets, a monetary value for the prize has to be included in the terms and conditions of the contest, as seen after the break. Read more