In October of 2013, news broke that Amazon and HTC were penning a deal that allowed the Taiwanese company to make a budget Amazon smartphone. It would have been a deal that showed that HTC had a new momentum and allowed for another revenue stream. It also would have given Amazon an in on the low-end smartphone market. However the deal fizzled out. According to a source close to The Information, it’s because AT&T had objections.
Contrary to what had been previously reported, HTC is still planning to launch an Android Wear-powered device sometime in early 2015. According to sources, they are planning something that will stand out from the competition. HTC is known for their design elements, so the device should at the very least be quite attractive.
In case you haven’t noticed, we are a selfie nation and smartphone manufacturers are looking to capitalize on it. HTC is one of those companies as they sent us an invitation for an event in New York City on October 8th called “Double Exposure.” It’s obviously centered around selfies because the invitation shows two females capturing a selfie. So what phone could they introduce?
It’s likely to be the rumored HTC Eye. The last leak we heard about that one is that it will be available on all U.S. carriers. It’s also possible that the Eye is a variant of the recently announced Desire 820, which sports an 8 MP front-facing camera.
I am sure we are likely to see a leak or two leading up to the event.
If you have the time, you can always find something interesting combing through legal documents. The Bright Side of News did just that and found something interesting in documents pertaining to NVIDIA’s lawsuit with Qualcomm and Samsung regarding its GPU technology patents.
The document states, “the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.” Yes, we knew all of this, but it’s always nice to get further confirmation.
With the big unveil of Apple’s upcoming devices today, Sony and HTC took the opportunity to dig in on Apple’s advertising campaign.
Sony tweeted out an image which resembled the Apple Live event invitation, but with the words, “Better than bigger,” and the hashtag, “#DemandGreat.”
HTC’s tweet read, “Bigger screen. Better performance. Elegant design. Welcome to the party ,” with an image of the One M8 next to a blurred out image of the iPhone 6.
You can check both tweets out after the break.
Another carrier version of the HTC One (M8) will be receiving Android 4.4.3 on September 10. Mo Versi, the company’s vice president of product management, announced on Twitter that Verizon has approved the software update and its rollout will begin on Wednesday. Aside from bringing Android 4.4.3 to the HTC flagship, this software update will activate Extreme Power Saving Mode.
Be sure to let us know when you start seeing the update!
Source: @moversi (Twitter)
With IFA 2014 behind and Apple ready to unveil the latest iteration of their smartphone, consumers are surely figuring out how to get the latest, greatest smartphones in their hands. As a competitive fall and holiday season opens, comScore has released their smartphone manufacturer and operating system numbers for July. They show some slight weakening for Android, a trend that carries over from the June numbers.
With all the excitement of Android Wear 2.0 and the debut of the Moto 360, it may be hard to pay attention to anything else, but we have some sad news for you. If you were hoping for an HTC One-styled Android Wear device you’re out of luck. A source close to the matter, at least according to Pocket-lint, has stated that the Taiwanese company is abandoning its Android Wear project. Although, he has no confirmation of why said decision was made.
Finally after weeks of teasing the device, HTC has unveiled the Desire 820. As predicted, HTC introduced the new mid-range flagship at IFA. The 820 sports the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor it was rumored to have and will kick off a 64-bit experience for owners when Android L hits the device.
If you’re trying to choose between this year’s powerful options for your latest device, perhaps HTC can sway you with its latest addition to its HTC Advantage program. Now, whenever you purchase an HTC One M8, Max, or Remix, you will get 100 GB of Google Drive storage for free. Upon activating the device, simply open the preloaded Google Drive app and press redeem. Google has said that the Desire 826 and 610 will also be eligible for the extra large storage. For those of you that have already activated your free 50 GB of storage, you are still able to get your next 50 GB free. Howeverm if you still have last year’s HTC One or Mini, you’ll unfortunately be stuck with 25 GB of Drive storage still.
Via: Android Police