MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM beta available to public, allows for effortless switch from HTC Sense to stock on HTC One


Just last week we reported that MoDaCo.SWITCH had opened their ROM for those who signed up to receive the beta, but now it looks as though the beta has gone public.

The MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM allows HTC One users to effortlessly switch between stock Android and HTC Sense with the touch of a button. The best part is that the ROM uses a single set of user data so all of your apps/information/etc. are available on both UI’s.

Now that “beta 8” is available to the public (only on the GSM HTC One) you can go and grab it below if you’re familiar with the flashing process.

MoDaCo is also working on a project to bring their ROM to the Galaxy S 4 using an Indiegogo project to raise $1500.

Download, installation, and set up instructions below.

Source: MoDaCo

HTC Zara subpar specs leak


Since it’s rumored to be an all plastic body, we don’t expect the HTC Zara to be anything more than a budget device. Based on these specs, it’s safe to say that the Sprint-bound phone has budget written all over it. The display size is large, at 4.7-inches, but the resolution is only qHD (960 x 540). You can expect a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1 GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, a 1.6Mpx UltraPixel camera,  Bluetooth 4.0, Sense 5.0, and Android 4.2.2.

We probably won’t see this puppy until the 4th quarter, but I’m in no rush.

source: Techkiddy

HTC Desire 500 entry level Android smartphone released


HTC made available a new entry level smartphone today, the HTC Desire 500, exclusivly through Taiwan Mobile. The 4.3-inch screen device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz and is equipped with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD. The Desire 500 comes with an 8MP camera capable of capturing 720p video. HTC has their HTC Sense overlay installed on the phone along with BlinkFeed, HTC’s take on a constantly updating homescreen.

It appears the Desire 500 will only be available in the Taiwanese market, but it could expand to some other Asian countries. Reportedly the price point for the device is somewhere around $400 USD, which seems to be on the high side for such a low-powered device.

source: HTC

Zara named as possible plastic-bodied HTC device


With rumors circulating that HTC may be looking at an update to the HTC One that includes a plastic body, the name “Zara” has surfaced as a plastic-bodied device. The new name surfaced when HTC indicated they were planning to release some new models during Q3 2013, including the T6 and the Zara. The T6 is believed to be the HTC One Max, a phablet type device sporting a 5.9-inch screen that previous rumors pegged for a Q3 release.

The question is whether Zara is a reference to a completely new device or possibly a code name for some other HTC device, like the HTC One. As we previously reported, HTC started using several codenames for their devices in an effort to throw off leaks, so Zara may just be part of that strategy.

source: China Times
via: PocketNow

T-Mobile starts pushing out update for HTC One


T-Mobile has announced they are starting to push out an over-the-air (OTA) update for the HTC One starting today. The push should last through August 9th. Users interested in the update can get it in one of two ways – waiting for the OTA notification or, if they just cannot wait, by side loading it via a personal computer connection. The update keeps Android at 4.1.2 on  the devices. The primary improvements include fixes for LTE connections and reception, although some software stability and processor enhancements are included as well. The update clocks in at 247 MB in size.

source: T-Mobile

Internal HTC email reveals company reorganizing American operations


In an effort to create a new division for “emerging devices,” according to an internal HTC email obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the company is placing its global sales president in charge of American operations as the reshuffling of execs continues at the Taiwanese manufacturer.

The Wall Street Journal article reads:

“Effective immediately, in addition to his current duties in supporting me with global corporate strategy, [President of Global Sales] Jason Mackenzie will lead HTC America,” HTC’s chief executive, Peter Chou, told employees in an internal email Sunday. “[President of North America] Mike Woodward will lead Emerging Devices, a newly established business unit that will focus on innovative new HTC products and global distribution strategies.”

Whether all the recent changes will have a positive or negative effect on their recently dismal sales numbers has yet to be determined. We’ll certainly see soon enough.

Source: AllThingsD

MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM allowing for switch between HTC Sense and stock Android opens up beta-testing signup page


Last week we showed you developer Paul O’Brien’s MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM which allows HTC One users to quickly switch between HTC Sense 5 UI and stock Android (as seen on the Google Play Edition of the HTC One). All you have to do is tap on one of two options— it’s that easy.

Now it looks as though they’ve opened up a signup page allowing users to try out the beta version of their app. Hit the link below to join in on all the fun.

Source: MoDaCo

HTC releases ‘First Look’ video of the HTC One mini


There is no question that it’s quite popular to make large phones, but it’s also becoming a trend to make a mini version of them. HTC officially announced the HTC One mini this morning, which has the same premium feel and features as the HTC One with lower specs. HTC put together a 60-second First Look video showcasing all the wonderful attributes of the mini. Hit the break to check it out.

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HTC One mini officially announced, great looks with lower specs


HTC finally pulled the wraps off HTC One mini today. As expected it has all the great features found on the HTC One with lower specs and a smaller package. It has a 4.3-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display at 341 ppi, a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 4MP UltraPixel front camera (BSI, f/2.0, 1/3” sensor size), a 1.6MP front camera, BoomSound, Bluetooth 4.0, 1,800mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 along with Sense 5.0.

Two things worth noting is there is no NFC on this device and no image stabilization. The body is aluminum, but the side and front edges are polycarbonate. As far as software goes, you will have all the same features found on the HTC One such as BlinkFeed, Zoe, and Video Highlights. It will become available in some regions this August with a global rollout slated for September. Full presser after the break.

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HTC One Mini gets Chinese certification, brings new photos with it

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We’ve been anticipating any official announcement of the HTC One Mini, and China is finally giving us what we want. Sort of. The One Mini slipped through China’s version of the FCC and even did a little photo shoot for us. The device has only one sim-card slot, so not dual-sim version yet, but that’s really all we can get from the listing. Hopefully HTC will make an actual announcement soon.

In the meantime while we wait for an official announcement and specs, you can check out the photos below, which are some of the best leaks of the device we’ve seen yet. Read more