Last year HTC launched two flagship devices; the HTC One, and the HTC Butterfly. Since HTC typically launches at least two flagship phones per year, if not more, it would make sense to see a follow-up to 2013′s HTC Butterfly, and if the latest AnTuTu benchmark is any indication, we’ll definitely see one later this year.
When it comes to the bezels on the HTC One (M8), it is no different than last year. There are complaints that the bottom portion with HTC’s logo is completely unnecessary. Contrary to that, an HTC executive has come forward with an explanation. According to Jeff Gordon, HTC’s Senior Global Online Communications Manager, there “is a huge amount of circuitry, antennae, etc.” So clearly there is a purpose. Gordon took to Twitter to assure everyone that there is no dead space. While you may be disappointed that the bezel is still thick, just remember that HTC did switch to on-screen buttons rather than keeping last year’s bizarre setup.
Stay tuned for our upcoming review of the HTC One (M8).
HTC’s BlinkFeed was first introduced on the HTC One (M7), so it’s no surprise that it found its way onto the HTC One (M8). BlinkFeed helps you keep track of the news that matters to you. Just like other apps such as this, you can also follow social networks and app data such as your calendar.
HTC makes it very easy to add content. Just tap on the action menu and you will see all the sources you are following. You can easily add content by category or by site. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to add content that isn’t part of BlinkFeed’s pre-selected sites, but it can be done. The good news is that HTC does offer a decent variety of stuff.
In this video, I show you how to setup BlinkFeed with pre-selected sources, how to add sites that aren’t already included in HTC’s curated list, and how to turn off BlinkFeed if you so wish. So what are you waiting for? Hit the break to get started.
With every major phone, HTC always releases the next version of Sense along with it. This time around, with the HTC One (M8), it’s Sense 6 or “Sixth Sense.” If you’re new to HTC phones, Sense is HTC’s proprietary user interface, or skin they install on top of Android. It has evolved a lot over the years, but they haven’t changed it all that much since Sense 5. That is a good thing because consumers like consistency.
HTC did make a few enhancements with Sense 6, and they appear to be for the better. In this video, I walk you through the UI and explain how things work. I won’t get into BlinkFeed or the Camera interface in this video, but I will very soon. For this guide, I wanted to concentrate on the essentials of the main UI, and help you get comfortable with it. So hit the break and find out everything you need to know about Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8).
It’s not surprising that Samsung thinks their flagship, the Galaxy S 5, is more superior than the HTC One (M8). We haven’t completed our review of either phone, but there is a pretty good chance that the media is going to side with HTC on this. The Galaxy S 5 will launch globally next week and training materials have leaked showing why the Galaxy S 5 is a better phone, at least according to Samsung.
HTC’s claim to fame has been the metal design, but as I always say, beauty is only skin deep. Whether you are a Samsung fan or an HTC fan, Samsung does make a decent case as to why consumers should choose the GS5.
Earlier today, an HTC Butterfly owner was wondering where the Android 4.4 KitKat device was. On Facebook, where the Butterfly owner left his concern, was answered briefly by HTC. The company said the update “should indeed be coming soon, Potchi. Stay tuned.” A great sign for both consumers and HTC as the Butterfly was released in December 2012. Extended support for software updates is always a way to keep everyone happy.
In the United States, the Butterfly was released on Verizon with the DROID DNA name. That update is expected later next month if it hits the targeted approval date of the second week in April.
Source: HTC (Facebook)
The HTC One M8 was just released last week, and rumors of an HTC One M8 Mini are going strong. According to 3G.co.uk, HTC intends to start selling the One M8 mini in May. No word yet on how much the device will cost, its availability, or detailed specs. Previous rumors have suggested a 4.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 13MP rear camera, Android 4.4 Kit Kat.
It’s a pretty safe bet that the HTC One M8 Mini will come, and it now seems like it will arrive relatively soon, so keep checking Talk Android for the latest updates.
Last week, HTC uploaded a few Sense 6 apps into the Play Store. But unlike Motorola, they might have plans to offer some of them to other Android users in the future. That probably won’t be for several months, but thanks to XDA Senior Member Ashutos1997, you can try a few of them now.
The Play Store apps are only visible to the HTC One (M8) and a few other HTC devices, but he downloaded them and made them available for you to install as third-party APKs. This includes the HTC Service Pack, BlinkFeed, SenseTV, Zoe, the Gallery, and the Music app. For now, only the Service Pack, Zoe and SenseTV works. You will need to also install the libs and framework files for Zoe. He does have the libs and framework files for the Gallery, but the app isn’t functional at the moment. Also, BlinkFeed can be opened, but the feeds won’t load.
Add this to the not so shocking category of news that we cover, but it appears that HTC is actually boosting its all new HTC One’s benchmarks. Citing a “high performance mode” the company admits that yes, it does indeed boost these scores. Like other companies, Samsung for example, HTC engineers have “optimized” the software to run in certain scenarios. The folks at c|net received an email in response to this discovery, and an HTC rep had this to say:
While the HTC One M8 launched in a few countries last week, its still not available worldwide just yet. One place it is available however, and high in demand, is HTC’s home country of Taiwan. Focus Taiwan reports that One M8 orders “have been doubling every day” in Taiwan since its launch date of March 25, and according to the handset’s local distributor, demand is currently “higher than supply” right now.
U.S. carriers don’t seem to be having the same problem with stock, perhaps due to its limited sellers. The One M8 is only being sold online, with the exception of Verizon offering it at their actual store locations. On April 11, all carrier stores will have the phone in stock.
Source: Focus Taiwan