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Robert Downey Jr appears in HTC Change teaser spot called ‘The Arrival’

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A few days ago, HTC tweeted that “Subversive thinking has arrived” along with the image above. Today they released a short teaser video showcasing Robert Downey Jr. In it, the same subversive line was used along with some possibilities of what HTC might stand for. If you remember, HTC launched the HTC Generator site¬†last week, which generates different meanings for H-T-C upon each click of the mouse.

The below spot is only the tip of the iceberg. HTC plans on spending close to $1 billion promoting the HTC brand and will utilize Robert Downey Jr every step of the way. Word is that a full commercial spot will be revealed later this week on August 15. For now check out this 15 second teaser after the break.

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Supposed ‘non-final’ press render of the HTC One Max leaks

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We have seen a number of leaks regarding the HTC One Max as of late so lets keep it rolling. Today’s leak is supposedly the a non-final press render of it. From images we saw last week, it isn’t going to look much different than the One so it really isn’t hard for someone to fake. To me the image in itself looks okay, but Senior Global Online Communications Manager¬†Jeff Gordon says it’s fake. @evleaks has a pretty good track record, and if this in fact fake, their reliability is still somewhat intact since they did say it’s “non-final”.

Whatever the situation is with the image, we can point out some interesting things such as the lack of a Beats logo on the back. You will also notice their are separate volume keys (like the One Mini) instead of one rocker (like the One) and the LED flash is below the lens rather than next to it. Because of the larger size of the device, the BoomSound speaker (only the bottom one shown) is much wider than it’s siblings. Either way, this render is probably not too far off from what the real Max will look like. Stay tuned.

source: @evleaks

New ComScore numbers for June show Android holding steady, iOS feeding off Blackberry defections

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ComScore released their newest U.S. smartphone market numbers for the quarter ended June 2013 showing Apple continuing to slowly grow their share while Android held firm in the number one position. Google’s Android saw a slight dip earlier this year when U.S. market share fell from 52.3% to only 52.0%, but held firm at that same 52.0% through the second quarter. Read more

Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 UI rolling out to HTC One X+

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Owners of last year’s souped up HTC One X, the HTC One X+, should be on the lookout for a new update wanting to install on their devices to bring their Android version up to 4.2.2. Along with the upgraded Android version, they will also receive HTC’s Sense 5 UI. Along with the Sense 5 UI, HTC includes the BlinkFeed homescreen, the ability to create 30 second clips from gallery images, camera focus lock with a long press, some music player enhancements, and battery improvements.

The update to Android 4.2.2 means owners of the HTC One X+ will get to enjoy features like lockscreen widgets, a quick settings panel, triple-tap magnification, Gesture Mode navigation, and other performance improvements. The update clocks in at 484MB. HTC has started rolling out the update, but it is going in phases, so the notification may not have shown up on your phone yet if you own one of these devices. You can always perform a manual check by going to Settings -> About phone -> Software update or using the HTC Sync Manager on a computer.

source: VR-Zone

Latest leaked road map shows Verizon Wireless will have a busy August, which includes the release of the HTC One on August 29th

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Those of you Verizon customers out there looking for a new smartphone in the immediate future will probably be excited at this tidbit of news we’re about to share. The gang at Phone Arena obtained a leaked road map of Big Red’s August lineup and boy it’s certainly a doozy. Verizon intends to launch smartphones that will cater to all sorts of customers, starting with the imminent release of the Motorola DROID and DROID MAXX smartphones which will arrive on August 20th, followed by highly anticipated unveiling of the Motorola X smartphone (August 23rd), LG Exalt, Motorola DROID mini, the waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite (online-only) and Samsung Convoy 3 (all on August 29th). As exciting as those (almost) concrete dates are, the one that will carry the most weight will be the August 29th release of the HTC One smartphone… a phone that we thought we’d never see the light of day for Verizon customers.

So yeah… it looks like you Verizon customers will probably need to start scraping up those extra dollars since it may be well, an expensive month for you all.

source: Phone Arena

HTC announces entry-level Desire 500 will be available in UK

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Last month, HTC announced that its mid-range Desire 500 device would be exclusively headed to Taiwan, but that has changed, as the phone will soon be available in the UK as well. The phone features a 4.3-inch screen powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz, has 1GB RAM, and only 4GB of internal storage, which is of course expandable up to 64GB via microSD. The phone comes with an 8MP shooter which can take 720p video, and HTC has loaded up their Sense UI as well as BlinkFeed.

As for data speeds, you’ll max out at 7.2Mbps HSDPA— this means there’s no 4G LTE, or even HSPA+. The phone will come in two colors, including “Lacquer Black” and “Glacier Blue,” and HTC says a dual-SIM version with NFC support will also be offered later on.

It’s certainly nothing to write home about, but it does provide a good option for those not looking to spend that much on an Android device. Check out the press release after the break. Read more

HTC launches ‘HTC Generator’ to hype ‘Here’s to change’

htc_generatorHTC has launched a new word generator to hype…something. Not entirely sure what. Simply click the “Here’s to change button,” and the generator will give you a three word phrase with the initials h, t, and c. Considering the company’s letters don’t mean anything anymore (they used to mean High Tech Computer Corporation), HTC is letting you think of new ideas. Try it out via the source link.

Also, if you use the generator enough times, a longer version of the video that popped up on Instagram and Vine yesterday appears. You can view the video that features Robert Downey Jr. after the break.

source: HTC
via: Android Guys

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HTC Fetch will keep track of your valuables

HTC_Fetch_KeyNo the HTC Fetch isn’t a phone. It’s actually a very cool device for keeping track of your keys, bag or even your smartphone. The Fetch BLA100 tag will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and if it goes outside 15 meters from your phone, your phone will alert you with an audible sound. If for whatever reason you never heard the sound, you can look up the last known position of the tag when it was connected to your phone via Google Maps. If you know the vicinity of where your keys or bag is, but not the exact location, you can sound an alarm on the Fetch by using the smartphone app.

The Fetch can also be used in reverse, so if you leave your phone at a restaurant and walk away (keys in pocket), the HTC Fetch will also alert you. If you’re not sure exactly where you left your phone, the Fetch has a remote shutter button that will take a picture to help you find the location. The picture would then be uploaded to a secure site for you to see the surroundings. You will obviously have to be back within range and connected for this feature to work.

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HTC One Max (T6) leaks again, this time showing off its masculinity

HTC-One-Max-leak-03Yesterday we got a chance to see the HTC One Max (T6) up close for the first time. If that wasn’t enough for you, we have another image, this time giving us a better idea of its size. Sitting on top of the Max is the Motorola XT882, which has a 4-inch display. The Max’s 5.9-inch display makes the Moto device look like a little toy doesn’t it?

You will also notice what appears to be a switch on the upper left side of the Max. Word on the street is that this is a release for the back cover. Could the Max have a removable battery?

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HTC starts teasing new device, likely the HTC One Max

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HTC’s marketing department is getting busy again, this time apparently starting to feed the rumor mill concerning the HTC One Max. Over the weekend a couple images leaked of the HTC One Max, a phablet type device intended to compete against devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Not to be outdone, HTC released a Vine video today that says “Here’s to change” and “Big things ahead.” At the end of the video you can catch the image of a gentleman in a suit carrying a briefcase hopping of a helicopter. This could possibly be the first hint of Robert Downey, Jr. in an HTC ad since he was signed by the company in June as an ambassador.

source: HTC
via: TechnoBuffalo