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.
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.
A new report from CompareMyMobile, a phone recycling website, shows that over 40% of the people trading in smartphones with intentions of buying the new HTC One (M8) were upgrading from an Apple or Samsung device. Specifically, almost a quarter of these individuals, 23.74%, were moving from an Apple device to the HTC One (M8) while another 21.29% were coming from Samsung devices. HTC is also enjoying significant loyalty from owners of their older devices as 46.8% of the trade-ins came from that group of consumers who are trading up.
HTC has been a leader in terms of smartphone design over the last few years, and the man mostly responsible for that has announced his departure from the company. Scott Croyle has been the SVP of Design and User Experience since 2008, but he will now concentrate on his own projects moving forward.
If there is any good news out of this, it’s the fact that Croyle isn’t leaving them cold turkey. According to HTC, it’as a “long term transition” and he will still be involved with HTC product development as a consultant for a few more months. No word on who will take over, but the speculation is that it will be Jonah Becker, which is the second-in-command.
HTC has also promoted Drew Bamford to heading up HTC software and services. He was overseeing the Sense user experience.
source: The Verge
Earlier this month a rumor started floating around that claimed that the HTC One M8 would be released on Verizon in red. Well it seems like that rumor has some weight behind it now, with an image supposedly being leaked of the special edition device.
At first glance of the device, it seems pretty much what we would expect, but upon taking a closer look at it, some things seem a little off. For example the official renders of the device show the dual LED flash as being round, while on this image the flash is square. The render also shows the plastic strips as being a little curved, while on the official shots they’re straight. These things add up, and the render could be a fake after all.
HTC‘s Advantage program has a number of great selling points, including the free Google Drive space that you get with it. HTC has just posted a message on the Advantage website alerting customers to a bug with the AT&T HTC One (M8) Google Drive deal.
The message states the issue as being a “minor technical error”, and there’s really no other details except that HTC is working on fixing it. We don’t really know who exactly is to blame, but the feature will reportedly be back up in mid-May. To see the notice for yourself hit the source link below, and then click on “AT&T HTC One (M8) ALERT” under the free storage column.
Verizon has generally been a carrier that is very selective when it comes to carrying certain devices. This has changed over time, though. Last fall, Verizon had many flagships and even carried spinoffs like the HTC One Max. And it looks like Big Red will be continuing to widen its horizons in 2014.
Courtesy of @evleaks, we can expect the HTC One (M8) mini to make its way to Verizon at some point this year. Simply put, @evleaks said on Twitter that the “HTC One M8 mini going to Verizon.” People wanting something a little smaller than HTC’s 5-inch stud will be happy to hear the One (M8) mini is expected to still pack some punch, even with a downgraded processor. This little guy is slated for a May release.
HTC’s Dot View case is very unique, very cool case for the HTC One (M8). The only drawback, of course, is that the case only works with HTC apps, so it won’t show notifications for third-party apps like, say, Twitter. Shen Ye, popular for working with HTC devices, has fixed that.
Earlier today, he uploaded a photo of the Dot View case showing a Twitter notification, which looks surprisingly good for something not officially supported from HTC. He said that “Sense already hooks into social networking APIs, it shouldn’t be hard to get DotView to show these notifications.” Guess he was right.
A new report from DigiTimes appears to strengthen the rumors that Google has turned to HTC as a partner in development of their next tablet device in the Nexus line. Previous reports suggested Google was working on a successor to the 10-inch Nexus tablet to be released some time in the third quarter of 2014. This latest report suggests that changes in the manufacturing partner are only the tip of the iceberg with Google possibly scaling down the size of the device which could be their last tablet.
Earlier this month, Sprint released an update for its new HTC One M8 and was the first U.S carrier to do so. Verizon is now following the lead by releasing an update for its HTC One M8 as well carrying the build number 1.55.605.2.
The update is a minor one that fixes bugs and improves performance, improves Bluetooth connectivity, brings new copy/paste feature to the Gallery and much more. However, unlike Sprint’s update, Verizon’s update lacks HTC M8’s extreme power saving mode.
Here’s the complete changelog of Verizon’s update: