Apple trumped all other smartphone manufacturers last quarter based on consumers activating a device. The usual Android foes were all far behind Apple with Samsung leading the way. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) conducted a survey with five hundred subjects in the United States and aimed to find which phone brands were most popular among activations. The devices, both old and new, were activated between October and December of last year.
While we have been enjoying the search for leaked photos and information about HTC’s next flagship smartphone, expected to be revealed at MWC 2015, HTC is busy taking care of all the steps needed to bring a product to market. One of those steps is obtaining the variety of certifications needed for a device. HTC is on top of those items as certifications for a couple wireless technologies included in the device have been obtained.
It has been rumored that HTC will unveil a smartwatch at Mobile Work Congress in early March, but Forbes is reporting that’s a no go. If you remember, HTC announced their partnership with Under Armour at CES for fitness bands that would be compatible with UA Record. Since that announcement was made, it’s more than likely they would show a product out of that partnership rather than an Android Wear smartwatch.
Although much of the latest rumor frenzy surrounding HTC involves the forthcoming HTC One M9 smartphone, a new leak from Twitter leakster @upleaks shows an HTC Desire 626 is in the works. Earlier this month at CES 2015, HTC announced a couple new devices for their HTC Desire line of budget smartphones. The HTC Desire 826 is heading to Asian markets while the HTC Desire 320 is off to the U.K. and Germany. Presumably, based on the model number, the HTC Desire 626 will fall in the middle of these devices spec-wise.
We had a glimpse of what could very well be the HTC One (M9), and now images of what’s called the HTC One (M9) Plus has leaked. Rumored specs of this device (aka Hima Ace Plus) were reported last week. It’s expected to be a bigger version of the HTC One (M9), but it’s also not expected to be released until much later in the year.
As you can see in the image above, the overall look of the phone is the same as the basic M9, but you will notice that the rear camera port isn’t the same and there is a Duo Camera setup. It’s highly unlikely that one of these devices will get the Duo Camera setup while the other doesn’t. This means that we are dealing with prototypes of either or both with these leaks.
Some images alleged to be the forthcoming HTC One M9 flagship from HTC have surfaced on the web and appear to support rumors suggesting HTC is making a major change to the cameras in its top tier device. The HTC One M8 was generally regarded as a solid contender in the market with one exception – the Ultra Pixel camera technology used for the rear-facing camera. Despite HTC’s marketing efforts to explain why their solution was better, consumers wanted more pixels. For the HTC One M9, it appears HTC is bowing to the pressure and will outfit the smartphone with a 20 MP rear-facing shooter.
HTC has been busy sending out invitations to a major launch it’s holding on Sunday, March 1, in Barcelona. Unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn’t specify what exactly will be unveiled at this event, but my money’s on the arrival of the One M8′s new and eagerly-awaited sibling, expected to be named the One M9.
Flickr has been sharing some data they have been mining for the past couple years on camera ownership as reported by users who upload images to their site. The data shows a big turnaround that started in mid-2014 to increasing use of the site by owners of Android devices. Although Apple devices dominate the top 10 listing of mobile cameras and images from Apple devices comprised about 60 percent of images for much of the time period covered, starting in mid-2014 a definite shift occurred to favor Android cameras.