Itching to get Cyanogenmod installed on your new HTC One? You won’t have to wait too much longer. According to a Google Plus post, Cyanogenmod’s GitHub site has repos set up for the One, and nightlies should begin building for the AT&T and Sprint version of the device “relatively soon.” They’ve updated the CM Wiki with pages for the HTC One to offer a little support and info for when the nightlies do begin building. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as they’re available.
HTC, always coming up with clever ways to market their product, released two new commercials for the HTC One today. Unlike previous commercials, these put the BlinkFeed feature of HTC’s newest flagship device front and center. For those who don’t know, BlinkFeed (introduced in Sense 5) is integrated into the One’s homescreen and combines various social media services and news sites into one customizable, image-centric feed. The idea is that by utilizing BlinkFeed, users don’t have to “dig like gophers” to find status updates and news articles. Hit the break both commercials.
If you recently got your hands on one of the latest and greatest smartphones to hit the market, like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or the HTC One, you were probably wondering how great it would be to slap the Facebook Home launcher on it. Not really, but it does seem Facebook is hoping owners of those devices might give their Home launcher a try despite the generally poor reception it has received since hitting the market. Although the Facebook Home app still shows its last update as being April 22, 2013, some users have discovered a new screen popping up on their devices asking if they would like to “Use Home Anyway” when they hit the unsupported device screen when launching the app. This appears to be true on both the Galaxy S 4 and the Sony Xperia ZL. Meanwhile, owners of the HTC One don’t even get the unsupported device screen, instead going straight into the launcher. » Read the rest
Sure HTC has been kicking some keister with some of its recently released flagships but well— they tend to feature not-so-current Jelly Bean builds loaded up, despite the sleek and appealing Sense 5.0 running the show. Fortunately it appears that HTC is working behind the scenes to change that notion. A leaked video recently surfaced which showcases the latest iteration of HTC’s unique skin— Sense 5.1 for the HTC Butterfly smartphone. Among the interesting things among the new build is a slightly revamped appearance and an attractive and familiar notification shade— giving the clear sign that Sense 5.1 will feature Android 4.2.2. Unfortunately there is no other aspect of this leaked build to see for now, so there’s no word on if there will be items like a new lock screen or updated icons, etc.
Here’s hoping we see more of this intriguing new update (and hopefully a port or two on American devices). You can find the video for yourself at the source links below. .
Fancy the newly-released HTC First smartphone with that unique Facebook Home launcher, but didn’t want to pay the $100 asking price from AT&T? Well you’re in luck as AT&T has announced a special promotion where it is offering the landmark device for a whopping 99¢ for those of you who choose to sign your lives’ away to Ma Bell for the next two years. Yes you read that right— the device is not even going to cost customers a buck for new or existing customers who sign up for the device on-contract! Even more astounding is AT&T also chose to reduce the outright price of the device from $450 to a not-too-shabby $350. So all of a sudden, the 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, sexy 720p display and a nearly-stock build of Android 4.1.2 under Facebook Home looks even more attractive than ever before.
If you’re looking for a device for $350, then the First smartphone may very well be a solid alternative to say, the Nexus 4 smartphone for many customers– especially if they are interested in a unique Facebook experience. Hit the source link to grab more details.
Around the announcement of the HTC One, we saw a red variant float around as a color option. HTC pretty quickly dismissed it and told everyone it doesn’t exist, but it looks like it’s shown up on a UK website, HandTec, again. While the image is still pretty blurry, it’s still a fairly detailed, clean render, so I definitely think HTC plans on putting this out at some point in the future. Hit the link below to check out the listing for yourself, but don’t try to buy one. It’s shown up as out of stock since the listing was created, unfortunately.
HTC has announced their unaudited revenue for April 2013. While they did improve from March, bringing in $660 million, up from $540, this April was still quite a dip from April of last year, where HTC had $1.2 billion in revenue. Still, though, it’s easy to see that the HTC One is pulling its weight for HTC, and now that it’s launched in the US (which didn’t happen until late April) I think we can expect revenue to jump up quite a bit next month. HTC’s projected Q2 2013 revenue is $2.73 billion.
The Samsung Galaxy S III went essentially unchallenged last year as the top Android phone on the market— but this year, the Galaxy S 4 certainly has some competition. Consumers have taken quite an interest in the aluminum-clad HTC One, but how is it stacking up against Galaxy S 4 sales? While the HTC One has been selling very well (which is good news for the Taiwanese based manufacturer), the Galaxy S 4 has somehow been selling even better, despite a two week head-start for the HTC One and the lack of a limited distribution that the Galaxy S 4 had, allowing the Galaxy S 4 still stands on top. » Read the rest
comScore released smartphone manufacturer and operating system data today for the first quarter of 2013 in the U.S. market. The numbers show Android continuing to dominate with 52 percent market share for operating systems. This was down slightly from December 2012 when Android held 53.4 percent of the market. Blackberry also slid down to only 5.2 percent of the market and Symbian took a small dip. Apple’s iOS was the big gainer for the quarter jumping 2.7 percent to grab 39 percent of the market and Microsoft also gained slightly. » Read the rest
Last month HTC released their financial results for the first quarter of 2013 and the numbers were unpleasant reading. In a recent conference call, HTC sought to put some context to the numbers for the benefit of investors and analysts. CEO Peter Chou acknowledged the problems supply chain delays had caused for HTC and the release of the HTC One. Nevertheless, he believes HTC ultimately had a successful launch of the HTC One and looks forward to sales of about 10 million units during 2013. Most of that will take place during the final three quarters of the year as analysts from CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets project only 750,000 units were sold during the first quarter. For comparison, Samsung is projected to to sell 60 million Galaxy S 4 units. » Read the rest