MixRadio leaves beta, announces new partnership with HTC

mixradio bannerAfter being purchased by LINE from Microsoft and Nokia, MixRadio has ditched its beta tag and hit Google’s App Store. The music streaming service tries to offer a more personalized approach to your music by learning what you like and playing things it thinks you’ll like. Other apps have tried to do this with mixed success, so it’ll be interesting to see if MixRadio can pull it off.

The app has also announced a partnership with HTC that will curate music news to BlinkFeed on HTC devices. As the service learns what music you like, it will display relevant info and news about artists and genres you like in your news feed. It’s a pretty nifty use of BlinkFeed that hopefully works as well as it sounds. Read more

HTC One M9 not getting a ‘mini’ version

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The HTC One (M7) and One (M8) both had ‘mini’ versions with watered-down specifications released at lower prices. Their displays measured 4.3 inches and 4.5 inches, respectively. The One Mini was released in July 2013 and the One Mini 2 arrived in May 2014. If the company were to do the same with the One M9, we would expect the One Mini 3 relatively soon. However, Jack Tong of HTC North Asia seemingly confirmed that the line of ‘mini’ versions is done.

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HTC still considering taking a stab at the budget-friendly tablet market

Nexus_9_LTEWe’ve heard multiple times that HTC wanted to get back into the tablet market with something based off of their recent Nexus 9. While the Nexus 9 fills a high end role, (and is mostly maintained by Google) HTC was planning on releasing something a little lower-end to try to appeal to the budget-minded consumers all while keeping some of the fantastic features of the N9. Nothing concrete has come out of those rumors yet, though. Read more

HTC Car app gets moved into the Play Store for easy updating

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The HTC Car app claimed a new home in the Play Store this morning. Owners of select HTC devices will notice that an update has been pushed to the device; however, there is not actually an update. The changelog reads “Now available for updates on the Play Store.” Doing so allows HTC to easily update its app that enables car mode for drivers. Rather than making users wait for device software updates, changes can be made from the Play Store.

Could this move have anything to do with the company’s potential push into automobiles? We will have to wait and see.

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Lollipop to start rolling out to Verizon HTC One (M7) this week

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Owners of the HTC One (M7) on Verizon who have been waiting for the Android Lollipop update will receive the treat later this week according to Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management. According to a tweet sent out by Versi, Verizon has granted their technical approval to the latest version of the Android operating system. The update is slated to start rolling out on the Verizon network as an over-the-air update on Thursday.

source: @moversi