July sales for HTC hit five-month low

HTC_One_Max_Back_HTC_Logo_02_TADespite the fact that HTC has hit earning estimates and turned a profit in the second quarter of 2014, sales in July hit a five-month low for the company. HTC reported sales of NT$ 10.6 billion (US $ 353 million) for the month, leading the company to say the figures underline a product transition period.


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The new HTC J Butterfly launched by KDDI

ButterflyKDDIThe all-new HTC J Butterfly — that’s based on the One M8 — is being released in Japan on KDDI and Okinawa Cellular. While it’s based on the 2014 flagship, it comes with a few caveats the all-metal phone doesn’t have. The phone is waterproof so dropping it in the sink or the toilet (if you’re one of those who can’t do their business without phone in hand) won’t cause any issues. However the kicker is, in order for you to have this waterproofing you’re not going to get the BoomSound speakers. However the Taiwanese company is throwing in a JBL in-ear headset.


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HTC holding press event on August 19, likely a One (M8) with Windows Phone

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Next month in New York City, HTC will be holding press event that could see the introduction of a new product that is a little familiar. The company is expected to announce the One (W8) for Windows on August 19 and a release date is to follow two days later with Verizon being one of the named carriers. The device is rumored to be a One (M8) repackaged with Windows Phone as the operating system rather than Android.

The One (W8) for Windows is rumored to keep all of the goodies that come with HTC’s Android flagship. This means that BoomSound and the Duo Camera are sticking around. And with Windows Phone’s latest update, smart covers are supported; therefore, the Dot View case will presumably make its way to the One (W8) as well. Earlier this month, we did learn that HTC would be bringing its unique case to additional devices and a ‘W8′ was spotted on the list.

Source: Windows Phone Central

Samsung is still the king of smartphones but continues to lose market share

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It’s been quite a party for Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S was introduced, they never looked back as they stream rolled over the competition. Getting to the top is no easy task, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get there than to stay there. Samsung is definitely feeling it as their market share has dropped significantly over the last year. Are consumers starting to get sick of Samsung’s dominance? Or is this just a bump in the road?


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HTC provides free One (M8) to owner of melted Galaxy S4

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Talk about free upgrades…

Reddit user TweektheGeek’s Galaxy S4 overheated and partially melted overnight — he contacted Samsung, and was told he’d be receiving both a new device and a mail-back box to send his old device back for inspection.

While the mail-back box came, no new device ever showed up. Enter HTC product manager Leigh Momii.


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HTC Desire 610 available today through AT&T

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In need of a mid-range device from AT&T? Take a look at the new Desire 610. The device has arrived right on time and is available today from the carrier. Even though it is a mid-range device, HTC has kept notable features like BoomSound, BlinkFeed, and Zoe. Performance should be respectable due to the quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor that powers the Desire 610. And while there is just 8GB of internal storage, HTC has bundled a microSD card slot that can fit an additional 64GB. The 720p display measures 4.7 inches.

With a new two-year contract, the Desire 610 costs only $0.99; however, buying it without a contract is a much better choice due to the $199 price tag. For the price of a flagship device with a two-year contract, you can get an impressive mid-range one without any contract. Or, you can take advantage of AT&T Next and pay $8.34 per month for twenty-four months. There is no shortage of options to purchase the Desire 610.

Source: AT&T

HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 hits the Play Store for easier updating

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If you’ve got a semi-new HTC phone, you might have noticed that HTC has started adding key Sense 6 apps to the Play Store so that it can roll out updates to users much easier than the usual OTA update process.

Today, HTC’s clock app for Sense 6 has appeared in the Play Store. This means that in the future, any software improvements to the clock app will be handled through the Play Store.


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Verizon launching the HTC One Remix on July 24, $99 with two-year contract

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On July 24, Verizon will have yet another handset under its belt. The HTC One Remix will be available on the carrier’s network for $99 when signing a new two-year contract. The handset, known as the HTC One Mini 2 everywhere else, is essentially a watered-down, smaller version of the HTC One (M8). Like many of Big Red’s other devices, the HTC One Remix can utilize the new XLTE network speeds.
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HTC puts the Sense keyboard in the Play Store for easier updates

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Before we share any details, that is the actual sizing and resolution for an icon HTC put together with an application in the Play Store. It is for an app titled HTC Sense Input which is essentially the Sense keyboard as a standalone app. This is being done so that the company can easily push updates to its devices as quickly as possible without having to do an entire system software update. Compatibility is seemingly limited to HTC’s more recent line of handsets.

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