HTC EVO 4G LTE to see Android 4.3 update in mid-February

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Looks like HTC hasn’t forgotten about their EVO LTE on Sprint. According to a tweet from Jason Mackenzie of HTC, the 4G Sprint device can expect to see an Android 4.3 update sometime around mid-February. The update should also include Sense 5, which means BlinkFeed and a handful of other visual improvements.

HTC originally planned to upgrade the EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3 by the end of 2013, so they obviously missed the deadline by a few months. But considering how open they’re trying to be with delays and scheduling, it’s hard to be too mad at them.

source: Twitter

Former HTC executive charged after leaking company secrets

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Former HTC vice president of design, Thomas Chien, was today charged with leaking company secrets along with five other former HTC employees. Chien leaked the design of a smartphone that has not been released yet, and was allegedly set to start a company using the information with a number of unidentified individuals in Beijing.

Along with being charged for leaking company secrets, Chien and the other five former HTC employees were also charged with breach of trust after receiving around 33.57 million New Taiwan dollars, or US$1.12 million, in kickbacks from suppliers and falsified expenses. Three unidentified individuals from suppliers were also charged with breach of trust.

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2014 isn’t looking to good for LG, HTC, and Huawei

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As Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market share, other companies like LG and HTC continue to slide. LG was hopeful the G2 would put a dent into Samsung’s armor, but consumers didn’t buy in. According to DigiTimes, LG projected to sell 10 million units, but so far they have only reached 2 million globally. HTC, on the other hand, has gotten a lot of praise for their HTC One, but their financial results continued to slide throughout 2013. Huawei might be in the best position of the three, but even they aren’t doing so well. They were hoping to sell 10 million Ascend P6 smartphones, but they only reached 3 million.

Motorola wasn’t mentioned in their report, but there might be hope for them with the very reasonably priced Moto G, and if they continue to sell the Moto X at lower prices.

The bottomline is that there really isn’t room for more than 2 or 3 flagship phones. Consumers like to stay loyal, and they don’t have the attention span to learn about “other” so-called up and coming phones.

source: DigiTimes

HTC infographic explains full Android OS update process

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People are quick to blame Android carriers and manufacturers for not pushing out updates as soon as they are released for Google, but HTC wants us to know that there’s a lot more that goes into the process than we might think. HTC has released an infographic that shows all the individual stages of development, starting from when Google first provides the source code to the eventual OTA update that gets pushed out to customers’ devices.

In addition to the graphic, HTC has created a landing page that shows the current status of Android 4.4 for your HTC device. You can check out the infographic after the break.

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HTC goes under the radar and announces the dual-SIM Desire 400

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HTC has announced a new device without most of us even noticing. But don’t worry, they likely chose to do so intentionally. The Desire 400 is a dual-SIM handset with a 4.3-inch screen that is headed for Asian markets. The phone has landed on HTC sites in Russia and Ukraine. According to the Russian site, the screen will have a 800×480 resolution and be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. On the back is an 8MP camera while a 1.6MP camera sits on the front of the handset. Thankfully it has a microSD card slot since there is just 4GB of storage inside.

The Ukrainian site, however, states the device will have a 5MP camera with a VGA camera on the front. Also, a dual-core processor will be inside. This is likely just adjustments made for different regions. Both have HTC’s Sense user interface and BlinkFeed. There are three color options: white, black, and light blue. Stay tuned for more information on this little device.

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Via: GSM Arena

HTC Butterfly S receiving Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 starting today

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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

Verizon Changelog for HTC One Android 4.3 Update Surfaces

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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.

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HTC’s global sales duties given to CFO Chang Chialin

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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. 

Source: Bloomberg

HTC M8 aka HTC One Two receives WiFi certification

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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.

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HTC One Max shows up in black on HTC Hong Kong site

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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.

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