Looking to add another revenue stream to combat the losses its faced, HTC appears to be working on a waterproof sports camera that will rival those of GoPro. According to an inside source, the camera will feature a 16MP ultra wide-angle lens and it will also connect directly to Android and iOS devices. The camera is said to be tube-shaped and will feature Bluetooth and WiFi. HTC is also said to be toying with the idea of releasing an Android and iOS app to support the camera.
The inside source pegs the Oct. 8 “double exposure” event as the likely place that this and a selfie-oriented smartphone will be announced. While some hopefuls are looking for the yes-it-is, no-it’s-not HTC smartwatch to make an appearance, that won’t likely happen until sometime in 2015.
After yesterday’s delay, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon are now seeing a software update appear. It includes Android 4.4.3 and HTC’s Extreme Power Saving Mode to drag out battery life as much as possible.
The update is just over 673MB and Verizon recommends having your device plugged in while updating. After downloading, the install process will take about fifteen minutes or so.
Now more than ever, hardware manufacturers are spinning off core software features into the Play Store. This is because it allows them to push updates a lot easier as they do not have to go through carriers with entire software updates. The latest app to arrive in the Play Store is Lock Screen from HTC. For now, there do not seem to be any feature changes; however, HTC’s changelog for the app does say that it now prevents unintentional factor resets.
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In October of 2013, news broke that Amazon and HTC were penning a deal that allowed the Taiwanese company to make a budget Amazon smartphone. It would have been a deal that showed that HTC had a new momentum and allowed for another revenue stream. It also would have given Amazon an in on the low-end smartphone market. However the deal fizzled out. According to a source close to The Information, it’s because AT&T had objections.
Contrary to what had been previously reported, HTC is still planning to launch an Android Wear-powered device sometime in early 2015. According to sources, they are planning something that will stand out from the competition. HTC is known for their design elements, so the device should at the very least be quite attractive.
In case you haven’t noticed, we are a selfie nation and smartphone manufacturers are looking to capitalize on it. HTC is one of those companies as they sent us an invitation for an event in New York City on October 8th called “Double Exposure.” It’s obviously centered around selfies because the invitation shows two females capturing a selfie. So what phone could they introduce?
It’s likely to be the rumored HTC Eye. The last leak we heard about that one is that it will be available on all U.S. carriers. It’s also possible that the Eye is a variant of the recently announced Desire 820, which sports an 8 MP front-facing camera.
I am sure we are likely to see a leak or two leading up to the event.
If you have the time, you can always find something interesting combing through legal documents. The Bright Side of News did just that and found something interesting in documents pertaining to NVIDIA’s lawsuit with Qualcomm and Samsung regarding its GPU technology patents.
The document states, “the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.” Yes, we knew all of this, but it’s always nice to get further confirmation.
With the big unveil of Apple’s upcoming devices today, Sony and HTC took the opportunity to dig in on Apple’s advertising campaign.
Sony tweeted out an image which resembled the Apple Live event invitation, but with the words, “Better than bigger,” and the hashtag, “#DemandGreat.”
HTC’s tweet read, “Bigger screen. Better performance. Elegant design. Welcome to the party ,” with an image of the One M8 next to a blurred out image of the iPhone 6.
You can check both tweets out after the break.
Another carrier version of the HTC One (M8) will be receiving Android 4.4.3 on September 10. Mo Versi, the company’s vice president of product management, announced on Twitter that Verizon has approved the software update and its rollout will begin on Wednesday. Aside from bringing Android 4.4.3 to the HTC flagship, this software update will activate Extreme Power Saving Mode.
Be sure to let us know when you start seeing the update!
Source: @moversi (Twitter)
With IFA 2014 behind and Apple ready to unveil the latest iteration of their smartphone, consumers are surely figuring out how to get the latest, greatest smartphones in their hands. As a competitive fall and holiday season opens, comScore has released their smartphone manufacturer and operating system numbers for July. They show some slight weakening for Android, a trend that carries over from the June numbers.