Take a look at the processor in any Android device in the United States and there is a very good chance that a Qualcomm Snapdragon is found. The same cannot be said for devices in other parts of the world though. Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Intel, and MediaTek will all be fighting to power devices in different regions. With the next HTC flagship in China, MediaTek is reportedly supplying the processor. The exact reason behind HTC’s decision to go with MediaTek is unknown, but there have been rumors that Snapdragon 810 production is rocky. By splitting the work among two suppliers, HTC can deliver a global launch.
Under Armour just announced a new health and fitness network called UA Record. It includes apps for both Android and iOS, as well as a website that will track personalized health and fitness data with activity tracking, workout logging, social challenges, and original Under Armour content and community features.
How does HTC fit into this? They will be designing products that will “work seamlessly with UA Record.” HTC’s Connected Products business unit is working closely with Under Armour’s team of designers, sports scientists, and athletes to meet the highest expectations for athletes around the world.
It’s no secret that HTC has struggled to turn a profit against other Android OEMs and Apple. However, thanks to some help from some key mid-range devices, it looks like HTC has finally shown sales growth in a quarter for the first time since 2011.
Fourth quarter revenue for HTC grew to about NT$47.9 billion ($1.5 billion), marking the first gain for the company since the first quarter of 2011. After three full years of declining sales, HTC has to be thrilled that it looks like things are finally turning around. The company even posted a profit of NT$180 million when they were expected to lose about NT$30.4 million.
I know a lot of people were hoping the HTC Hima would be unveiled this week at CES, but you will have to settle for the Desire 826. HTC has been committed to the budget category of smartphones, and the 826 is no exception.
The low-end market in the United Kingdom and Germany will have another player at the end of this month. The Desire 320, manufactured by HTC, is heading to those two markets. The handset has a 4.5-inch display with 854×480 resolution. Inside is a MediaTek MT6582M processor clocked at 1.3GHz and a 2100mAh battery keeps things going through the day. The 8GB of internal storage is met with a microSD card slot for an additional 32GB.
The software running on the Desire 320 is Android 4.4 KitKat with some of HTC’s software features (BlinkFeed, Video Highlights) included.
The most disappointing part of the Desire 320 is the lack of an LTE connection. While specific availability in the United Kingdom is unknown, we do know that 02 in Germany will carry it.
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A new leak from reliable source Upleaks has revealed HTC’s upcoming Avatar Maker software. Interestingly, this software isn’t said to be available until the Sense 7 UI is made official, which could be in a couple of months from now. Needless to say, this is a pretty massive leak and could give us an idea of what Sense 7 could have in store for customers.
HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager, Jeff Gordon, took to Twitter today to make the claim that HTC is launching a roadmap for 2015 that will be their “best ever”. He further went on to say that there will be some huge surprises that will blow consumers away.
From what we know already about HTC’s 2015 plans, we are expecting its newest flagship successor to the HTC One (M8) to be unveiled sometime in the first quarter, but it will not likely be at CES 2015; however, HTC is almost certain to be unveiling a selfie smartphone in their Desire-line of devices during the electronics show, which may feature a 4MP UltraPixel camera.
HTC took to its official Weibo account earlier today to confirm it will definitely be making an appearance at CES in January together with ASUS, LG and Sony. According to the teaser image posted with the announcement, the Taiwanese company is set to unveil the latest handset in its Desire range of smartphones.