comScore released smartphone manufacturer and operating system data today for the first quarter of 2013 in the U.S. market. The numbers show Android continuing to dominate with 52 percent market share for operating systems. This was down slightly from December 2012 when Android held 53.4 percent of the market. Blackberry also slid down to only 5.2 percent of the market and Symbian took a small dip. Apple’s iOS was the big gainer for the quarter jumping 2.7 percent to grab 39 percent of the market and Microsoft also gained slightly. » Read the rest
Last month HTC released their financial results for the first quarter of 2013 and the numbers were unpleasant reading. In a recent conference call, HTC sought to put some context to the numbers for the benefit of investors and analysts. CEO Peter Chou acknowledged the problems supply chain delays had caused for HTC and the release of the HTC One. Nevertheless, he believes HTC ultimately had a successful launch of the HTC One and looks forward to sales of about 10 million units during 2013. Most of that will take place during the final three quarters of the year as analysts from CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets project only 750,000 units were sold during the first quarter. For comparison, Samsung is projected to to sell 60 million Galaxy S 4 units. » Read the rest
For those of you looking for another reason to buy the excellent HTC One, HTC has extended their $100 trade-in program again, just begging you to take their money. The deal was already extended once to make up for the multiple delays, but it’s now extended again to May 19th, allowing people who purchase the One before then to send their old phone in for a hundred dollar gift card. Phones must be sent to HTC by June 19th, allowing consumers over a month to participate.
As you can see above its as simple as buying a One, registering it on HTC’s site and mailing them your old phone. In some cases you may even get more than the $100 minimum value. Once HTC receives your old device, they send you a prepaid Visa card with either $100 or the value of your phone (whichever is worth more). This could be the last time they extend the offer, so be quick, deals like this don’t happen often.
The HTC One is available to order in a number of places, so if you were thinking of picking one up, now is the time. $100 is a lot more than you will get for the majority of old devices elsewhere.
It looks like HTC is going to be refocusing its efforts this summer, starting with announcing that it will be dropping HTC Watch support in 6 European countries come May 31. These countries include Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands. Due to the massive unpopularity of this application, this won’t affect too many of you. HTC released this comment:
“As we continue to deliver new content for HTC Watch, we’ve made the decision to focus our efforts on markets with the highest engagement. After May 31, we’ll discontinue support for HTC Watch in countries with less application traffic”.
There is a solid alternative in Google Play Movies, which would obviously be a solid fallback plan— however, the Google service is only available in Spain, with none of the other countries listed above.
If you’re from one of the above countries and know of some good alternatives, let us know below in the comments!
Based on the leaked image above, it looks like HTC is going to build upon their One design with a mid-range version, codenamed the M4. Identical in looks and smaller in size, the M4 packs 2GB of RAM, a dual-core processor and 16GB of internal memory behind a 4.3-inch 720p display (compared to the quad-core processor and 32GB of memory of the One).
The M4 will ship with a 1,700 mAh battery which cannot be removed from the device. As with the HTC One, the M4 will reportedly include HTC’s UltraPixel camera and Beats Audio-powered front-facing speakers. If the HTC One has piqued your interest but eluded your budget, or you’ve just been waiting for a smaller phone with decent specs, then the M4 may be the device you’ve been waiting for. The device is expected to ship near the end of Q2, and will sport Android Jellybean 4.2, which even the One has yet to see.
The HTC One is one hell of a smartphone— but its premium build and cost may be a bit out of reach for many customers. So with that in mind, HTC is quietly working on a stripped down version the device behind the scenes called the 608t. Design-wise, this mysterious new toy certainly mirrors One features including dual-stereo speakers on the front of the device, as well as a similar button layout. Of course the similarities end there as this Jelly Bean-powered smartphone features “modest” guts including a quad-core chip + 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch LCD display with a 960 x 540 (qHD?) display and an 8MP camera. Not too shabby HTC. Not too shabby.
Now for the part that you all want to know— the pricing and availability. While we don’t know the cost as of yet, the leak certainly suggests that this device will at least be headed for Chinese markets in the near-future. For those of us out in the States, there’s no word on if the 608t will ever make it out to our shores, maybe HTC will surprise us and unveil this device in the US at some point sooner than later.
source: Ameblo (Jp)
It looks like AT&T isn’t going to be the only one to have the smooth HTC One smartphone in sexy black clothing. Sprint went ahead and listed that variant of the flagship device on its website as available for purchase now. The little puppy will run potential customers $550 outright— or there of course the option of taking advantage of additional savings which would bring the total cost to a hair under 100 bucks. There’s no exact word on how long it will take the black One to ship to customers’ front doors, but we’d imagine lucky recipients would receive them soon… very soon.
Hit the source link to check out the black version for yourself. Or if black doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always grab the original silver version for the same price too.
HTC is clearing the air in regards to the injunction that was ordered in the Netherlands on Nokia’s behalf. They want to make it clear the injunction wasn’t on the HTC one, but it was on STM, manufacturers of the microphone on the HTC One. Nokia had an exclusive arrangement with STM for these microphones and HTC bought them in good faith. In fact, HTC was found to be blameless in the case. Regardless, HTC can’t buy microphones from STM anymore, but HTC wanted to make it clear that they are still able to utilize the microphones they bought before the injunction was granted. HTC is already working on an improved design and will transition to it when the current STM supply runs out. Hit the break for HTC’s full statement.
I was actually wondering if it would ever happen, but it looks like the Jelly Bean update is officially rolling for the T-Mobile HTC One S. Of course it isn’t the latest version of Jelly Bean, but Android 4.1.1 still brings a lot of new features such as Google Now. The file size is pretty high at 675.49MB so you need to be connected to WiFI for this one. You should receive your update automatically, but you can always check to see if you can manually pull it by going to Settings/About/Software Updates. Let us know if you received your update yet.
The HTC One is launching on carriers all over the world, and now we’ve got the official announcement for China. As we’d previously heard, the Chinese variant of the HTC One is still packing dual sim slots and that coveted microSD card slot. The battery is still completely non-removable, but the SD card is a very, very nice addition. There’s no word on carrier subsidies, but you can expect the device to be available directly from HTC on April 26th.
As we’d heard before, this customized version of the One is probably not going to hit any other parts of the world, so don’t hold your breath.