Those of you early adopters of the HTC One smartphone are certainly in for a special treat as a new update is being pushed to the masses as we speak. This latest update doesn’t bring an unmolested version of Android, but will bring the latest Android version to One owners… well for the time being at least. Users of the smartphone can expect to see Android 4.2.2 which includes the Quick Settings notification bar among other things, while keeping the Sense version at 5.0. Additional cool changes to the software include a new battery level indicator, as well as some minor changes to the app drawer and hopefully— some welcome performance improvements.
No word yet on how long it’ll take for the latest update to hit the general public, but hopefully it will be a relatively quick and smooth process.
source: Android Revolution
There is speculation that the Sony phone in the photo above could be their upcoming 6.44-inch Xperia device codenamed Togari, and that the HTC device above and to the right of Sony’s device could be the rumored HTC M4. It’s hard to tell the exact size of these devices to match them with their leaked specs, considering the awkward angle of the photo, but it seems about right. However, recent reports are saying that the photo is indeed a hoax, and Nokia has even released a statement saying that the blue Nokia Windows 8 device in the top right of the photo is not real. We’ll just have to wait to find out the truth on this photo. Check back for more updates.
Source: Xperia Blog
I know there has been so much speculation on if we will see the HTC One on Verizon, and if history repeats itself, we won’t ever see it. What we will see is a Verizon’s version of the Butterfly 2 (or Butterfly S). It could be called the DROID DNA Plus or the DROID DNA 2, but it won’t be a One phone. As far as when we will see this bad boy, it will probably be sometime in July. How am I coming to these conclusions? All you really need to do is look at the most recent releases with Verizon regarding HTC devices.
Verizon is on a pattern of releasing two HTC devices per year (July and November). The Rezound was released on November 14, 2011 and the DROID Incredible 4G LTE was released on July 5, 2012. Lastly, the DROID DNA was released on November 21, 2012. The other thing you will notice is that all three phones were exclusives to Verizon, which is what they like. That is probably going to change by the end of this year, but more on that in a bit.
Fans of CyanogenMod 10.1 who also happen to own a new Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One will be glad to know the CyanogenMod team has been hard at work making some new variants available and they have cleaned up some of the download pages to make it a bit easier to find the files. The newest variants include AT&T versions for both the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. Nightlies for the Galaxy S 4 had previously been made available for T-Mobile and Canadian versions of the device. Apparently AT&T support only required a patch to a previous build. Read more
I am still very skeptical on if these new Nexus or Google Edition phones will receive updates as timely as pure Nexus devices, but the very reliable @LlabTooFeR is reporting that the HTC One Nexus Edition will get Android 4.3 within a few weeks after it is released. I would say that it pretty good, but I really wonder if Google, HTC, and most likely Samsung worked together to time this first update to wow people. Google could have introduced 4.3 at Google I/O, but they didn’t. It is very possible they held off to allow HTC and Samsung to get ready. On the other hand, the lack of needing carrier approvals plays a big role for all updates, so if anything else, these devices should get faster updates overall regardless. The real test is going to be the next major update, which is probably Key Lime Pie. Will the Nexus Editions of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One get those updates within a few weeks? Time will tell.
HTC is certainly going through a pretty sweet period right now thanks to the massively successful One smartphone, so it’s only natural that the Taiwanese manufacturer turns its attention to the development of other types of devices out there. According to a report by Bloomberg, HTC is looking squarely at the emerging mini tablet market and is in the midst of working on a soon-to-be released an Android-based 7-inch tablet that will be unveiled to consumers sometime in September or October. This is exciting news because HTC previously turned its attention to the development of Windows RT-based tablets for a while now, but fortunately realized what some of us already knew— that full-sized Windows RT-based tablets probably aren’t as profitable or worthwhile compared to tablets based off other platforms. So now, HTC will place all of its resources and energy into developing smaller tablets instead— as it will launch both a Windows-based and Android-based 7-incher instead.
Here’s hoping that HTC makes a huge splash with the introduction of its latest device because after all— there’s certainly no more room for error for the brand.
Earlier today the rumors that HTC was working on a Google Edition of its current flagship, the HTC One, were put to a rest with an official announcement of the actual device. It looks like HTC isn’t done there though as it also mentioned that the company was looking for a way to bring AOSP software to those early adopters of the device that are wanting the Vanilla flavor. How they’re going to do it is up in the air.
As they put it they are, “examining the best way to support early adopters of the One.” Could this mean software that gets rid of Sense or could they provide an AOSP ROM to install? All questions that we’re unsure of right now and ones that we’re hoping get answered soon. This should be good news for those of you who bought the device and feel somewhat slighted by today’s announcement. We’ll update you with what HTC decides. Stay tuned.
source: The Verge
With the current announcement of the two “Nexus Experience” devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, many have wondered what that will do to Google’s Nexus device line. Rest assured as Google’s own Sundar Pichai assures us all that the Nexus line will be alive and well. We can most definitely expect Google to continue, after all the sales of these Nexus devices has never been Google’s number one priority, having a pure Google device out there for developers and enthusiasts is why Google releases these phones/tablets in the first place. I truly feel that the Nexus line is essential and vitally important to Android’s ecosystem.
During the All Things Digital conference Pichai was also candid about Samsung’s huge success in the mobile industry due to Android. While some speculate whether Google should be worried about Samsung overshadowing them, Google and Pichai certainly aren’t and is happy with the success the South Korean company is enjoying. While the same can’t be said about the company that Google actually owns in Motorola, I’m sure Google’s plans for the company has still yet to be seen and with the recent announcement of the Moto X, maybe things may change in the near future.
What do you guys think about Google keeping the Nexus line alive and is happy with what it provides to the Android community as a whole?
A couple of days ago an HTC device, or shall I say phablet, going under the codename T6 leaked. The full specs have leaked and it doesn’t appear HTC is leaving anything on the table. For starters, the display size is going to be 5.9-inches of 1080p beauty. We are assuming it’s LCD 3, but it’s unknown at this time. Expect the latest and greatest from Qualcomm in the Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) with a clock speed of 2.3GHz. Surprisingly RAM is going to be 2GB as opposed to 3GB, but we will take it. An UltraPixel rear camera will be onboard, but the megapixels weren’t mentioned. We can only assume it will be the same 4MP lens found on the One, but who knows, maybe HTC is able to bump that up a bit. The front lens will come in a 2.1MP. Considering the size of this phone, it isn’t a shocker that the battery is 3,300mAh.
Another interesting tidbit is that it will come with a fingerprint scanner, but not like what the Atrix had. This one will be on the back of the phone and it will unlock the device when you “grip it naturally’.
Lastly, it is rumored to come with Key Lime Pie, which I am doubting will be the case. As to when we will see this bad boy, I wouldn’t expect it until the 4th quarter of this year, especially if it is indeed going to have Key Lime Pie. The next question is what will they call this thing?
Google hasn’t quite announced its next Android version just yet, but that isn’t stopping big-name manufacturers from working behind the scenes to ensure which of its devices will likely make the cut and get the next coveted update. Thanks to the leaked preliminary list you see above, it’s looking like HTC already has an idea of which of its devices will see which of its devices will see Android 4.3 and others that well… won’t see Android 4.3. For the most part, it looks like owners many of the flagship devices released in the last 15 or so months should expect to see the next version of Android. This means that all of you HTC One X, One X+, HTC Butterfly (Droid DNA) and of course HTC One owners can go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief.
On the flipside, HTC One S and Verizon Desire owners are probably going to be out of luck— though there’s a chance that HTC will possibly update its guidance and figure that the those devices can handle Android 4.3 after all.
source: Technos Amigos
via: Phone Arena