Launching a new product in a relatively new category can be tough, but HTC is not shying away from doing so. This company’s RE Camera will be on the market in time for the holiday season. And to satisfy the tastes of everyone, the RE Camera comes in orange, white, and navy blue (the latter of which is exclusive to Best Buy). Pre-orders have been open since the device was announced in October. Shipments, though, have yet to start.
Following closely in Motorola’s footsteps, HTC has today taken the wraps off its new Rapid Charger, which takes full advantage of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology that’s integrated into all of its latest Snapdragon chipsets.
If you are the owner of an HTC One (M8) and have a Dot View case, you may find yourself treated to a little trick courtesy of HTC. When HTC updated the Dot View app recently, they snuck in some surprises for users. During the day today, Halloween, users are discovering that the Dot View wallpaper that is displayed has been changed from their selection to a custom Jack-O’-Lantern theme.
In addition to the static Jack-O’-Lantern wallpaper, an animation shows up when notifications are created. Users are greeted by a moving skeleton and some bats flying around. Sources have started testing the device a bit more by changing the date and have discovered that a special surprise is waiting for users when Christmas arrives.
source: HTC Source
HTC made a profit for the second straight quarter, which is something we haven’t seen in a while. They just reported 3rd quarter results which showed NT 0.6 billion ($19 million) in net profit after taxes. Interestingly enough this small profit is lower than the last quarter, which came in at NT 2.3 billion ($75 million). So I am not sure the trend is all that great, but a profit is a profit right? Revenues were also down from the previous quarter, NT 41.9 billion ($1.38 billion) vs NT 65.1 ($2.17 billion).
HTC said that the One (M8) did well “despite stiff competition,” and they expect revenues to go up slightly in the 4th quarter.
Is HTC back or is this going to be short-lived?
source: HTC (PDF)
Earlier today, an unannounced scaled-down variant of HTC’s latest budget-friendly smartphone, the Desire 816, passed through China’s official nationalized certification database, TENAA.
A new leak posted via Twitter user @upleaks claims HTC will abandon the M* naming system for flagship devices when their next iteration is released in 2015. After the HTC One M7 in 2013 and the HTC One M8 in 2014, it seemed likely HTC would go with the HTC One M9 for their next device. However, if this latest leak is accurate, the next flagship will use something else.
HTC recently released a new smartphone, the HTC Desire EYE, which abandoned a familiar naming scheme for Desire devices. They had previously used a numbering system, like HTC Desire 820 or HTC Desire 610. If HTC decides to abandon the M* convention, it would not be inconsistent with this latest marketing move.
Do you think HTC should stick with their current naming scheme or would a change be welcome? If you could suggest a name to HTC for their flagship line of devices, what would it be?
In addition to expanding its enhanced 4G LTE service today, Sprint has also started rolling out a rather hefty over-the-air update to all its carrier-branded variants of HTC’s flagship smartphone, the One (M8), currently located in the United States.
Weighing in at 250MB, the upgrade transports the Taiwanese company’s recently-announced Eye Experience camera software, together with a bunch of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break to see the full changelog.
A few hours ago, a couple of screenshots appeared online allegedly showcasing HTC’s upcoming Sense 7 user interface that’s expected to roll out alongside the Taiwanese company’s release of Android 5.0 next month.
A software update has arrived for Verizon customers with the HTC One (M8). It brings the Eye Experience software introduced a few weeks ago as well as Android 4.4.4 in a file totaling just over 210MB. The carrier estimates that the update will take six minutes and that is about what I experienced. The device cycles through some restarts with installations once the download is complete and then the device is ready to go. Of course, Android 4.4.4 is primarily unnoticed changes; however, the Eye Experience gives new features to the Camera app.
Update: HTC threw an extra application into this software update. The HTC One (M8) now has a pre-installed flashlight app.
Either the hardware manufacturers are getting things right or the carriers are easing up on the testing phase. Tomorrow, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will be getting a software update. The update includes the new Eye Experience that was announced alongside the Desire Eye and RE Camera. HTC expects the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive around noon on Wednesday.
Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, tweeted the news on Tuesday:
HTC One (M8) Verizon owners! We have technical approval on Eye SW! OTA target for tomorrow at noon! #HTCAdvantage
Source: @moversi (Twitter)