HTC’s Butterfly S, their flagship for markets overseas, is starting to receive the Android 4.3 update with Sense 5.5. MaximusHD ROM developer LlabTooFer tweeted a screenshot indicating that he has received the massive update. Included are Video Highlights improvements with a new interface, BlinkFeed adjustments to broaden its capabilities, Music interface improvements, and Sense TV improvements that also receives a facelift. The version number is 2.21.708.1 meaning that this is for the Bufferfly S in Hong Kong. The update is almost 750MB, so make sure you have enough space. Let us know how it feels after you finish installing! » Read the rest
With the Android 4.3 update for the Verizon HTC One finally upon us, it was only a matter of time before we’d see a changelog surface somewhere. Surface it has, as Big Red updated their web site with a support PDF for the newly approved update.
The update has a finalized build of 2.10.605.1. As far as the update is concerned there isn’t much to it. Besides the improvements that Android 4.3 brought to the table, there isn’t much to it in terms of new or updated software. Verizon has added yet another bloatware app. One owners will be able to add their own tracks to Highlights videos.
HTC continues to switch up its operations from the top down with the announcement today that the company is handing over global sales duties to CFO Chang Chialin.
The company is currently suffering two years of declining revenue, and nothing is looking up as of now.
There isn’t really any big news here, but the swap-up at HTC shows that the company understands that major changes need to be put into place to turn around the company.
The HTC M8, or as one UK judged called it the HTC One Two, just received WiFi Certification. This is just one of the many approvals that every phone must go through until it hits the open market.
It’s still not clear what the official name will be for this HTC One followup, but we are praying it isn’t the One Two. Internally it’s called the M8. We expect to see this phone unveiled in February at either Mobile World Congress or a separate event. Stay tuned.
When originally released, the HTC One Max was like a Ford Model T in that you could get it in any color you wanted as long as that color was silver. That appears to be slowly changing as a new image on the HTC Hong Kong official site reveals a new black version of the super-sized smartphone. This comes almost two weeks after a red version of the HTC One Max was revealed in some marketing collateral for the Taiwanese market.
Similar to the situation with the red HTC One Max, there is no information for this black version about how widely it will be distributed around the globe. However, the HTC One Mini is available in black, silver and blue while the original HTC One can be purchased in silver, black, red, blue and gold. With the HTC One Max now available in silver, red, and black, albeit in limited markets for now, it may yet shed its relation to Henry Ford.
source: Unwired View
After HTC was ordered to stop selling a couple of their phones in the UK, the Court of Appeals has granted a stay of injunction to the Taiwanese company this afternoon. This means that they will be able to resume selling the HTC One mini and other devices, effective immediately.
HTC has issued a statement saying that they’re “delighted” that the Court of Appeals has granted the stay of injunction, and that they’ll “immediately resume shipping of all of their devices into the UK, including the entire HTC One family.”
Last week, Nokia earned a victory in a patent dispute that halted HTC One Mini sales in the United Kingdom. The device would no longer be available and consumers would have to opt for another device. Fortunately for HTC, the device will resume being sold until December 12. That is the date that HTC will head back to court to appeal the court’s decision. While a few days won’t make a difference in terms of sales, HTC’s camp is preparing to fight in order to keep the One Mini around in the United Kingdom.
Here is HTC’s statement:
“HTC is pleased that an urgent hearing with the Court of Appeal has been scheduled for Dec. 12. Until the Court of Appeal hearing on Dec. 12, the court’s injunction against HTC is stayed. Until the hearing on Dec. 12, our U.K. customers will be able to sell all HTC devices which are already in their inventories.”
The HTC One is now available directly through HTC with interest-free financing. The special promotion, which ends on December 29, allows consumers to get their hands on the One (32GB) for $0 down and monthly payments of $25 for two years. Keep in mind, however, that this payment plan will vary based on a credit check. The $25 monthly price will net $600 once once you are finished paying it off. As you’re paying, you can take the device to either AT&T or T-Mobile. If you’re interested, hit the source link to apply for the interest-free financing plan now.
Good news DROID DNA owners. HTC Executive Director of Product Management Mohammed Versi tweeted that the Android 4.2.2 (along with Sense 5) update for the DROID DNA has been approved by Verizon. If you remember, back in September, Verizon posted the changelog for the update, but it never came. We can only assume that Verizon found some bugs that needed to be rectified. Verizon has the changelog, which is pretty hefty since this move is from Sense 4+ to Sense 5. HTC is throwing in Video Highlights, but it appears Zoe didn’t make the cut. I’m not sure why that would be the case.
The update could take place as soon as today, so be on the lookout.
HTC has reported a drop in revenue for last month when compared to last year. November’s revenue came in at $522 million, a 27.1% drop from the same time last year. Although that is an increase over October, it is still a dramatic decline year-over-year. Also, with the exception of this month (December), HTC has generated more than $6 billion this year.
Market share is certainly an issue. HTC One sales by now are likely stagnant and the One Max was only released by the end of November. Luckily, HTC’s 2014 flagship, which is codenamed as the M8, is rumored to be on the horizon. And this future device is likely to give the Taiwanese company a much needed boost with impressive specs. We’d love to see HTC find a ton of success, but it may be tough when their largest competitor, Samsung, is rumored to be answering the prayers of consumers next year.