50GB Google Drive offer on AT&T HTC One M8 down because of glitch

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HTC‘s Advantage program has a number of great selling points, including the free Google Drive space that you get with it. HTC has just posted a message on the Advantage website alerting customers to a bug with the AT&T HTC One (M8) Google Drive deal.

The message states the issue as being a “minor technical error”, and there’s really no other details except that HTC is working on fixing it. We don’t really know who exactly is to blame, but the feature will reportedly be back up in mid-May. To see the notice for yourself hit the source link below, and then click on “AT&T HTC One (M8) ALERT” under the free storage column.

Source: HTC

HTC One (M8) mini said to be landing on Verizon

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Verizon has generally been a carrier that is very selective when it comes to carrying certain devices. This has changed over time, though. Last fall, Verizon had many flagships and even carried spinoffs like the HTC One Max. And it looks like Big Red will be continuing to widen its horizons in 2014.

Courtesy of @evleaks, we can expect the HTC One (M8) mini to make its way to Verizon at some point this year. Simply put, @evleaks said on Twitter that the “HTC One M8 mini going to Verizon.” People wanting something a little smaller than HTC’s 5-inch stud will be happy to hear the One (M8) mini is expected to still pack some punch, even with a downgraded processor. This little guy is slated for a May release. » Read the rest

HTC Dot View Case hack will allow more notifications to work with the flip cover

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HTC’s Dot View case is very unique, very cool case for the HTC One (M8). The only drawback, of course, is that the case only works with HTC apps, so it won’t show notifications for third-party apps like, say, Twitter. Shen Ye, popular for working with HTC devices, has fixed that.

Earlier today, he uploaded a photo of the Dot View case showing a Twitter notification, which looks surprisingly good for something not officially supported from HTC. He said that “Sense already hooks into social networking APIs, it shouldn’t be hard to get DotView to show these notifications.” Guess he was right. » Read the rest

HTC reportedly tapped for 8-inch Google Nexus tablet

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A new report from DigiTimes appears to strengthen the rumors that Google has turned to HTC as a partner in development of their next tablet device in the Nexus line. Previous reports suggested Google was working on a successor to the 10-inch Nexus tablet to be released some time in the third quarter of 2014. This latest report suggests that changes in the manufacturing partner are only the tip of the iceberg with Google possibly scaling down the size of the device which could be their last tablet. » Read the rest

Verizon rolls out an update for the HTC One M8

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Earlier this month, Sprint released an update for its new HTC One M8 and was the first U.S carrier to do so. Verizon is now following the lead by releasing an update for its HTC One M8 as well carrying the build number 1.55.605.2.

The update is a minor one that fixes bugs and improves performance, improves Bluetooth connectivity, brings new copy/paste feature to the Gallery and much more. However, unlike Sprint’s update, Verizon’s update lacks HTC M8’s extreme power saving mode.

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How to setup and use Sense TV on the HTC One (M8)

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Just like last year’s HTC One (M7), this year’s One (M8) sports an IR blaster. It’s part of the power button, so you might not even notice it’s there. This makes your One (M8) a very convenient remote control for your home theater system. It can control your TV, cable/satellite box, and an AVR receiver. You can even configure different rooms so when you’re laying in bed, just use your phone to change the channels.

In order to do all of this, HTC has provided their own Sense TV app. Not only does Sense TV assist you in configuring all your equipment, but it also serves as your TV guide. It will tell you what’s on TV now with nice cover art and even recommend shows to you based on your interests. Just tap on a show and your cable or satellite box will magically tune to the appropriate channel, or you can simply get more information about the show or movie.

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Smartphone cameras to rival DSLRs in 12 to 18 months according to HTC

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Smartphone cameras have certainly gotten better and better over the years, but the thought of rivaling DSLRs seems far away at this point in time. However, we might be closer than you think, according to HTC camera expert, Symon Whitehorn.

Whitehorn recently had an interview with Vodafone and had some very interesting things to say regarding future camera tech. One big step towards this would be the implementation of optical zoom. Manufacturers have wanted to implement this, but more refining is needed. Whitehorn thinks that we will have huge advances in phone optics in the next 12 to 18 months.

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HTC hires former marketing head at Samsung to be an adviser

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Poaching is something very common in the mobile industry. A company comes along and plucks an executive out of another company to work for them. It happened to Android’s VP of product development, Hugo Barra, when Xiaomi swooped in and stole him from Google. Now, it looks like HTC is doing the poaching to Android’s biggest force.

HTC has hired Paul Golden, Samsung’s former head of marketing. His role will be as an adviser to Cher Wang, the chairman. Golden will not be a full-time employee just yet. For now, he is being contracted for three months of work. What marketing can be done in three months is beyond me, but that is why it is likely Golden’s stay gets extended for a longer period of time.

Source: Bloomberg

HTC One (M8) Review: The Rolex of smartphones

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Last year, the HTC One (M7) received a ton of praise from just about every media outlet including yours truly. It was simply the best phone on the planet at that time, but as great as it was, HTC watched Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market share. HTC still believes that it’s quality that sells phones and that eventually consumers will catch on. They are hoping that internet sites such as this site will continue with the praise, and those that opted for the Galaxy S 4 last year, will finally see the light. There is no denying the beauty of last year’s HTC One and this year’s HTC One (M8), but as the saying goes, “beauty is only skin deep.” There is a lot more to a phone than just the outside, especially for those that plan on slapping a case on it. Last year, Motorola proved that it’s the user experience that is the most important. Hell, even Apple proved that years before. Let’s face it, if you’re a geek like myself, you will love the HTC One (M8), but what about the mainstream audience? Is it finally time for them to wake up and smell the coffee, dump their Samsung Galaxy phone (or iPhone), and join the HTC parade? Well hit the break to get started.

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Sony Xperia Z2 deliveries to be impacted by parts shortages causing delays

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In the past we have seen some instances where phone manufacturers dropped the ball on being ready to meet demand for new flagship devices. A new report from DigiTimes indicates the most recent launches by the major companies have been successful with one exception, the Sony Xperia Z2. According to analysts, Sony is being impacted by a shortage of some parts, which is expected to result in a delay of five to seven months in some markets, including the U.S., the U.K., and Hong Kong. It will be interesting to see how this delay may impact Sony’s strategy for the release of their next flagship device. » Read the rest