HTC One (M9) Prime to launch prior to One (M9) next year

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With the One (M8) Prime reportedly kicked to the curb, HTC is setting its sights on its next project. It is expected that there will be an One (M9) Prime to compliment the One (M9), but interestingly the former could arrive first. The device is said to be arriving in the first quarter of 2015 and the Prime will lead the way. So it looks like we have got some times before we see HTC’s next piece of hardware, unless it does release a smartwatch.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

HTC updates HTC Gallery app to enhance UFocus blur function, other tweaks

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HTC has updated their HTC Gallery app to add user adjustability for the UFocus Blur effect. Owners of the HTC One (M8) with HTC’s new Duo Camera know they can just tap on an image to change the focal point. By changing that focal point, the rest of the image is blurred to create a bokeh effect. The new feature adds a slider so that users can customize not only the location of the focal point, but the level of blur that is applied to the rest of the image. Users can now increase the level of blur even more than what the HTC thinks the default should be or decrease it so no additional digital blur is added.
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Look out for HTC “Eye” coming later this year

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According to a new leak from @evleaks, HTC is working on a device for release later in 2014 that is codenamed “Eye” and will be designed for selfies. What exactly that would entail to make a smartphone more suited for selfies is unclear. Perhaps HTC is going to take a page from the LG playbook and look at moving buttons around. They could also look at incorporating their duo camera system onto the front of the device.


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AT&T HTC One M7 getting HTC Sense 6.0

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While the HTC One M7 on AT&T got the Android 4.4 update a while ago, the device is just now getting HTC Sense 6.0. The update is essentially the same as what has gone out to other variants of the device in the past couple of months.

The update will bring a few visual changes, such as a new color palate and customizable themes. It will also bring a new design to the camera app and gallery app.

Source: AT&T

HTC One Remix for Verizon press render shows the device’s front and back

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Here is a pretty clear look at the upcoming HTC One Remix. In case you were unaware, this is just the HTC One Mini 2 with a different name just for Verizon. Everything looks the same as the other device, save for branding. Verizon has stamped its front and back with some logos. The front has replaced HTC’s very own logo with Big Red’s. And the back has the usual Verizon logo and 4G LTE logo. Nothing too surprising here.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Android, Samsung maintain strong positions in U.S. smartphone market in April

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comScore has released their latest numbers for the U.S. smartphone market from April 2014 showing Samsung and Android continue to grow at the expense of almost everyone else. Samsung saw the number of smartphone subscribers owning one of their devices grow by a full percentage point since January 2014, up to 27.7% of the market. Of the top five manufacturers, Samsung was the only one to see growth during that period with both Apple and LG suffering the biggest losses of 0.2% and 0.4% respectively. Motorola and HTC also saw their market share slip slightly.
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Google Play Edition devices receiving Android 4.4.3 update

samsung_galaxy_s4_android_4.4.3According to a number of tips, Google Play Edition devices are now getting the Android 4.4.3 over-the-air update. The latest update to Android was only just released yesterday, but already a number of devices are getting it.

Currently it seems like it’s mainly the HTC One M7 and Samsung Galaxy S4 that are getting the update, but other Google Play Edition device owners, especially owners of the HTC One M8, should expect it pretty soon.

Source: Android Police

HTC experiences sales dip in May, looks ahead to June for rebound

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Ouch. It appears it’s a ‘one step forward and two steps back’ scenario for HTC this month, as the company experienced a sales dip after two months of positive sales in March and April.

Despite some huge forecasts for HTC this year after the release of the HTC One (M8), it appears the company hasn’t been able to follow through.


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Verizon adding Glamour Red and Amber Gold HTC One (M8) on June 5

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On June 5, Verizon will have the original trio of HTC One (M8) colors. In addition to having the Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and now the Amber Gold colors, they will include Glamour Red. In fact, the Glamour Red color will be exclusive to Verizon. Now Big Red will have four colors of HTC’s 2014 flagship smartphone.

As mentioned above, June 5 is the date that the new colors arrive. And this small launch coincides with Verizon’s Father’s Day promotion: $100 off any smartphone with a two-year contract price of $199.99 or more. If you were waiting around to purchase this device, it may be the best time to do so.

Source: Verizon

HTC officially takes the wraps off the HTC One (E8)

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We already knew HTC has a plastic-bodied version of the HTC One (M8) ready to hit the market thanks to some information that went live on the HTC Chinese site late last week. In addition to the change in body material, the new HTC One (E8) comes with a regular, 13MP camera instead of HTC’s duo camera system. Some markets will also see a dual-SIM version of the device, including India and Hong Kong. It is unclear whether the HTC One (E8) will make it to the U.S. market. HTC has now issued an official press release to welcome the device to their portfolio.
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