HTC outsourcing some of its smartphone production aspects

HTC_One_M8_Back_HTC_Logo_TA_02Anyone who’s been following HTC over the past couple of years will know that the company is bleeding money. I wouldn’t say hemorrhaging but the company has suffered  quarterly losses since 2011 — even with having some of the most beautifully designed handsets to date in the HTC One (M8) and original HTC One. In an attempt at moving in the opposite direction, the company is taking to outsourcing some of its smartphone productions as it looks for anyway possible to stop the losses.

The Taiwanese company looks to be outsourcing three new models of its mid-tier Desire series. The company has contracted Compal Electronics, Inc, and China’s Wingtech Group to manufacture the devices. Both companies have already begun to mass produce smartphones for HTC.


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HTC One Mini 2 press renders leak, missing dual camera setup [Updated]

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This is our best look yet at the upcoming HTC One Mini 2. The image above came from @evleaks over on Twitter. It shows the handset available in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold.

You can also tell that it is missing one of selling points found on the HTC One (M8). The dual camera setup is not here. Dual LED flash is missing, too. Why? This is a ‘mini’ device and some cuts had to be made. For the full specs that previously leaked, click here.

Hit the break for an additional press render that leaked.
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Unlocked and Developer Edition HTC One (M8) receiving update that brings Extreme Power Saving Mode

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Power users, listen up. HTC is rolling out an update to its flagship One (M8) that brings the Extreme Power Saving Mode feature. For now, though, only the unlocked and Developer Edition variants are receiving this update. In the United States, Sprint’s HTC One (M8) has the feature while every other carrier’s variant is still waiting.

If the update happens to surface over the weekend for your device, let us know!

Update: Outside of the U.S, it looks like Canadian carrier Telus pushed this update to its HTC One (M8) already.

Jealous that your HTC One M8 isn’t the Harman Kardon edition? As always, XDA has your back

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With Sprint releasing the Harman Kardon edition of their HTC One M8, it left a slight bad taste to current HTC M8 users that have already bought the device. Although in due time, I figured there would be a dev(s) out there that would be able to port the software of the HK edition into regular HTC M8′s. As always, that didn’t take too long as a dev from the trusty XDA site by the name of baadnewz has done just that. If your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery, you can turn your M8 into the HK edition with a few steps. Users that have tried it are already reporting a much improved audio experience while listening to music through their headphones.

Sadly, the only part of the HK edition that wasn’t able to be ported was the support for FLAC files, although that shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering most 3rd party music players on the Play Store offer that support. Check out the XDA thread if you wish to give this a shot!

source: XDA
via: Cult of Droid

HTC One (M8) will soon be available in red, blue, and pink

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We have already seen the stunning HTC One (M8) in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold. We have also seen it in black thanks to Sprint’s special Harman Kardon edition. And the handset has leaked in Stealth Red multiple times. Now it looks like more colors are going to enter the fold.

On Twitter, @evleaks is proclaiming that the HTC will be adding three colors. What are they? Red, blue, and pink. We have already heard about the red, but the blue and pink colors are new. Last year, HTC and Best Buy joined forces to release a blue HTC One (M7). As for pink, that’ll be interesting to see how it appeals to the ladies.

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Verizon Wireless is discounting flagship phones for Mother’s Day

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Looking for a new phone for Mom, or maybe yourself? Well then head over to Verizon Wireless because they are knocking $100 off of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, HTC One (M8), HTC One Max, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  The Galaxy S 5, HTC One (M8), and HTC One Max are now $99, while the Galaxy Note 3 is $199. These are of course contract pricing, so you will need to open a new line for 2-years or be eligible for an upgrade to an existing line.

You will also find deals for the iPhone 5S, Windows Phones, and BlackBerry if you or Mom desires them.

The sale runs through May 12, so you have a little time to think about it.

source: Verizon

HTC One (M8) Mini to be called the HTC One Mini 2

HTC One Mini 2In a world where smartphone manufacturers used long obnoxious names for their devices, one phone stood up against the norm. Ah, who are we kidding. Most phones these days have longer names, and most of them are a mouthful. Well if evleaks is right — and he typically is — the next generation HTC One Mini will be the HTC One Mini 2. Like we said, a mouthful.

The device is said to have a 4.5-inch screen with a 720p resolution. It features a Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. It will have a 13 MP rear shooter accompanied by a 5 MP camera in the front. It will have Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6.0 onboard and is currently slated for Verizon right now.

source: @evleaks

Image of possible HTC One (M8) Mini surfaces

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There was no shortage of rumors and leaks leading up to the launch of the HTC One (M8). Now that it has been out for a bit, HTC is working on variants of the device to help entice buyers who did not jump on the initial bandwagon. Just like with the main device, the rumors and leaks surrounding these variants are starting to flow throughout the Internet. We’ve already seen reports of an even higher-end HTC One (M8) Prime and a cheaper, possibly plastic-bodied HTC One (M8) Ace. Today’s latest image is for an HTC One (M8) Mini.
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New HTC One M8 Ace to have plastic unibody, high-end specs with low price

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In the past HTC has made comments leading people to believe they don’t like flagship plastic devices, but new reports suggest that they are on their way to making their own. According to sources, the company’s new HTC One M8 Ace will feature a plastic body instead of aluminum. In addition, the device will have specs almost identical to Samsung’s Galaxy S 5, with a 5-inch 1080p display plus a 2.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, but a much lower pricetag.

We’ll just have to wait and see, as the device may be announced sometime next month.

Source: Engadget

Android 4.4 update for Verizon’s DROID DNA starts rolling out right on time

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Earlier this week, we learned that the Android 4.4 KitKat update (with Sense 5.5) would be rolling out to the DROID DNA on Thursday. And that is exactly what started yesterday. The device that hit the market back in 2012 is getting the software update in two stages. The first is 18.3MB and preps the DROID DNA for the massive 618MB download.

Hit the break for Verizon’s changelog.
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