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.
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.
Earlier today a video from Sprint was accidentally released showing what appeared to be the HTC One (E8) coming to the network. The cheaper, plastic-bodied version of the HTC One (M8) flagship was released in China earlier this summer. It was unclear whether the device would make it to the U.S. market at the time.
HTC 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.
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 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.
The HTC J Butterfly was recently unveiled Japan with KDDI, but it could be landing in other destinations soon. The Butterfly hasn’t made it’s way out of Japan ever since the first iteration. In fact, it winded up being a Verizon DROID-branded product, the DROID DNA, at that time.
They might not be the most “desirable” smartphones, but the HTC Desire line has been around for a long time. HTC announced today that the Desire 610 and the Desire 816 are now available in the U.S.
The Desire 816 (pictured above) features a 5.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 128 GB of extra storage, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, BoomSound, Sense 6, and 2,600 mAh battery. It will be available starting tomorrow at Virgin Mobile for $299 on a Beyond Talk plan with no contract agreement.
When the HTC One (M8) launched, two of the biggest sports in the United States were not in the midst of a season. So the company’s Sense TV application did not have anything regarding the NFL or college football. With both regular seasons right around the corner, HTC has updated the Sense TV app to support them. Also, Tri-Nation Rugby has been added to the mix. Sense TV will give fans of these sports a location to have live scoring and updates pushed to them while being able to utilize the device’s IR blaster to switch over to the appropriate television channel (if applicable).
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It looks like the lackluster HTC One Max from last year will be receiving a rightful successor. The device was first rumored to be the HTC M8 Prime and larger than the M8, but it appears that the large-screened device will come in at 5.9-inches (1,440 x 2,560) and will have a Snapdragon 805 processor.
Those specs aside, the Max M8 will have 3GB of RAM, LTE-A Cat. 6 connectivity and sport the duo camera that debuted in the One M8. With HTC planning a launch of another flagship during this half of the year, it looks like the Max is shaping up to be that device.
source: Tk Tech News
via: Phone Arena