HTC officially unveils its Desire P smartphone



HTC has officially taken the wraps off of the Desire P smartphone, its latest lower-end mid-range device for folks out over in Taiwan. The device comes with a zippy dual-core Qualcomm chip, 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch display and an 8MP camera— all crammed into a fairly sleek and attractive package that’s sure to catch the eye of folks out there. When all’s said and done, the Desire P is more or less a One SV smartphone minus the 4G LTE capabilities.

The device will be launched with wireless carrier Chunghwa Telecom for a modest price of $365, though HTC has given no indication that it will be released anywhere else at this time.

source: PhoneArena

HTC One X to receive Sense 5 and 4.2 over the summer


Naturally when a new device comes out, owners of the previous generation of the device are left wondering if they’ll ever see the new software features on their current phones. And, after seeing the cool stuff Sense 5 can do, I can imagine there were some envious One X owners after HTC took the wraps off the One.

Well, good news if you do own a One X. The latest leak from a trusted Twitter user, @LlabTooFeR, says that the international One X will be receiving Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5 in one update as soon as June or July. Supposedly, other members of the family will get the same update, (One S, One X+, Butterfly) but no time frame was given for those devices. I imagine HTC is realizing that to play with the big boys, you have to keep some of your older devices updated, and this is a big first step in the right direction.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we hear anything else about these updates.

source: Gotta Be Mobile

AT&T nabs US exclusivity on the 64GB variant of the HTC One


Thanks to a recent video of the HTC One by AT&T, we have  now learned that the wireless company has been awarded US exclusivity of the 64GB variant of the upcoming HTC One. While it’s great for AT&T users, this is terrible news for everyone else.

My question  is, if HTC is trying their best to crawl themselves out of the hole they’re currently in, why in the world would they grant any carrier exclusivity on the 64GB variant of their flag ship device? Let’s just hope this exclusivity won’t last too long.

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Well, this certainly is a new record; Verizon has apparently discontinued the DROID DNA after only 4 months


The title certainly isn’t a mistake folks, Verizon has apparently “retired” the HTC DROID DNA after only 4 months of being on the market. I’m sure we’re all wondering why this move was made, could it have been due to lackluster sales? Or perhaps Verizon is planning on making room for the upcoming HTC One device? Either way, 4 months is just not acceptable and embarrassing for Verizon to do this to their customers.

This was first brought up when users started to notice that the DNA wasn’t available on Verizon’s website anymore. After several XDA users contacting Verizon to ask about it, several have confirmed that the device has been discontinued by Verizon. Below is a conversation from XDA user robertmoore208 with a Verizon representative that seemed to have confirmed the retirement of the DNA.

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HTC One first smartphone to receive iFixit’s lowest possible repair score


The HTC One looks to be a fantastic device, but if you buy electronics based on how easy they are to repair, you’re probably going to want to pass on this one. According to iFixit, the One is pretty much impossible to repair, scoring a 1 out of 10. Unfortunately for HTC, that’s the lowest score ever given to a smartphone in iFixit’s ratings.

According to the rate, opening the the rear case without damaging it is nearly impossible, and it is impossible to replace the screen without removing the rear case. On top of that, there’s a sheet of copper inside the phone that protects the guts, and it’s easy to wrinkle and distort, which makes the whole process that much more difficult.

The One is a gorgeous device, and I’m sure it’s going to sell extremely well, despite component delays. But if you do decide to pick one up, make sure to grab insurance, too.

source: iFixit

Facebook to unveil “new home on Android” April 4th


Facebook is planning something pretty big for a large unveiling on April 4th, according to their latest press invitation. What big thing, you may ask? Their “new home on Android.” What exactly does that mean? We don’t know, but we can make some pretty good guesses.

Facebook has recently been testing the waters with updates through their app outside of Google Play, so it makes sense that they may be launching something, like a phone that’s been in the rumor mill for ages. We’ve heard all kinds of rumors leak about the “Facebook phone,” and with Amazon’s success with their Kindle lineup, it wouldn’t be too hard to imagine Facebook taking another stab at the phone market, despite their first attempt not doing so well.

While all the signs point towards a Facebook phone announcement on April 4th, it’s important to remember they are still rumors. Facebook could just announce more changes to their Android application, or anything else. When the 4th rolls around, though, we’ll be sure to let you know.

source: The Verge

US HTC One hits “several hundred thousand” preorders


Despite rumors of hardware problems and delays for HTC’s One, it still looks like demand for the phone is insanely high. Early reports say the early responses to the phone are “fantastic” and preorders in the US have already hit “several hundred thousand.”

HTC is saying that demand for this phone is the greatest they’ve ever had for a phone, which is some positive news for a company that’s otherwise seen a rough, rough year. Hopefully these preorders get filled in the US pretty quickly, considering HTC said US phone supply shouldn’t be affected by their component restrictions.

source: Focus Taiwan

T-Mobile formally announces its 4G LTE network



In a long-overdue announcement, T-Mo has officially unveiled its full-fledged 4G LTE network. Among the first customers to enjoy the speedy gains are those living in the following metro areas:

  • Washington-Baltimore
  • Kansas City
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Phoenix
  • San Jose

Don’t think T-Mobile is stopping there either. Complimenting the newly announced network is the announcement of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One smartphones having full LTE support, while the Galaxy Note II is also slated to have support as well (but you knew that already). T-Mobile also pledges that it will expand its LTE reach later this year and well into next year… but again, you knew that already too.


HTC to get help from Qualcomm to market the HTC One


Even though HTC has recently been engaged in a bit of guerrilla marketing directed at Samsung, some help for the sinking smartphone manufacturer is on its way thanks to Qualcomm. Citing HTC’s close partnership with Qualcomm and their willingness to be one of the first manufacturers to adopt the new Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, Qualcomm has agreed to produce some advertising films that highlight the HTC One. The choice to highlight the HTC device was made even though other devices from LG and Samsung use the same chip. The promotional videos will be presented during the Game Developers Conference 2013 according to Shen Jin, vice president for Qualcomm Greater China.

This partnership between HTC and Qualcomm should help HTC a bit with their bottom-line as they can shift some advertising costs off their books. The major benefit though will result from increased interest in the HTC One due to this selection, which HTC hopes will translate into greater sales. Although this move doesn’t display the antagonistic nature of some more recent HTC moves, it is consistent with what appears to be a new strategy to expand their marketing reach.

source: DigiTimes

HTC Butterfly to get successor, could this be the DLXPLUS for Verizon?


The HTC Butterfly (aka J Butterfly and DROID DNA) is an incredible phone and it looks like HTC wants to build upon it. Focus Taiwan is reporting that they are working on a successor, and it will be marketed under the Butterfly name. Apparently HTC wants to capitalize on the growing consumer interest for larger screens, but the original Butterfly is only .30 inches larger than the HTC One.

Nothing was mentioned on what the next generation Butterfly display size will be, but I can only assume it will be a little larger for better differentiation. What surprises me is that they would go with the “Butterfly” name again. Wouldn’t it make more sense for the name to have “HTC One” in it? It’s okay to have a second major phone that’s larger (like Galaxy Note and Galaxy S), but the naming scheme should be unified. Let’s hope they will call it the HTC One Butterfly. I’m not sure if I love the name, but at least it keeps the brand unified.

It also raises the question on if this updated Butterfly will be the DLXPLUS for Verizon that we reported on a couple of weeks ago?

source: Focus Taiwan