Everything you need to know about Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8)

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With every major phone, HTC always releases the next version of Sense along with it. This time around, with the HTC One (M8), it’s Sense 6 or “Sixth Sense.” If you’re new to HTC phones, Sense is HTC’s proprietary user interface, or skin they install on top of Android. It has evolved a lot over the years, but they haven’t changed it all that much since Sense 5. That is a good thing because consumers like consistency.

HTC did make a few enhancements with Sense 6, and they appear to be for the better. In this video, I walk you through the UI and explain how things work. I won’t get into BlinkFeed or the Camera interface in this video, but I will very soon. For this guide, I wanted to concentrate on the essentials of the main UI, and help you get comfortable with it. So hit the break and find out everything you need to know about Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8).

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Here’s why Samsung thinks the Galaxy S 5 is more superior than the HTC One (M8)

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It’s not surprising that Samsung thinks their flagship, the Galaxy S 5, is more superior than the HTC One (M8). We haven’t completed our review of either phone, but there is a pretty good chance that the media is going to side with HTC on this. The Galaxy S 5 will launch globally next week and training materials have leaked showing why the Galaxy S 5 is a better phone, at least according to Samsung.

HTC’s claim to fame has been the metal design, but as I always say, beauty is only skin deep. Whether you are a Samsung fan or an HTC fan, Samsung does make a decent case as to why consumers should choose the GS5.

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HTC Butterfly Android 4.4 KitKat update gets the “coming soon” label

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Earlier today, an HTC Butterfly owner was wondering where the Android 4.4 KitKat device was. On Facebook, where the Butterfly owner left his concern, was answered briefly by HTC. The company said the update “should indeed be coming soon, Potchi. Stay tuned.” A great sign for both consumers and HTC as the Butterfly was released in December 2012. Extended support for software updates is always a way to keep everyone happy.

In the United States, the Butterfly was released on Verizon with the DROID DNA name. That update is expected later next month if it hits the targeted approval date of the second week in April.

Source: HTC (Facebook)

HTC One M8 Mini may launch in May

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HTC_One_M8_Back_HTC_Logo_TA_01The HTC One M8 was just released last week, and rumors of an HTC One M8 Mini are going strong. According to 3G.co.uk, HTC intends to start selling the One M8 mini in May. No word yet on how much the device will cost, its availability, or detailed specs. Previous rumors have suggested a 4.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 13MP rear camera, Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

It’s a pretty safe bet that the HTC One M8 Mini will come, and it now seems like it will arrive relatively soon, so keep checking Talk Android for the latest updates.

source: 3G.co.uk

via: PhoneArena

 

HTC Sense 6 apps now unofficially available for non-HTC devices

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Last week, HTC uploaded a few Sense 6 apps into the Play Store. But unlike Motorola, they might have plans to offer some of them to other Android users in the future. That probably won’t be for several months, but thanks to XDA Senior Member Ashutos1997, you can try a few of them now.

The Play Store apps are only visible to the HTC One (M8) and a few other HTC devices, but he downloaded them and made them available for you to install as third-party APKs. This includes the HTC Service Pack, BlinkFeed, SenseTV, Zoe, the Gallery, and the Music app. For now, only the Service Pack, Zoe and SenseTV works. You will need to also install the libs and framework files for Zoe. He does have the libs and framework files for the Gallery, but the app isn’t functional at the moment. Also, BlinkFeed can be opened, but the feeds won’t load.

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HTC admits to boosting benchmarks on the M8

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All_New_HTC_One_M8_Featured_LargeAdd this to the not so shocking category of news that we cover, but it appears that HTC is actually boosting its all new HTC One’s benchmarks. Citing a “high performance mode” the company admits that yes, it does indeed boost these scores. Like other companies, Samsung for example, HTC engineers have “optimized” the software to run in certain scenarios. The folks at c|net received an email in response to this discovery, and an HTC rep had this to say:

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HTC One M8 in high demand in Taiwan

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While the HTC One M8 launched in a few countries last week, its still not available worldwide just yet. One place it is available however, and high in demand, is HTC’s home country of Taiwan. Focus Taiwan reports that One M8 orders “have been doubling every day” in Taiwan since its launch date of March 25, and according to the handset’s local distributor, demand is currently “higher than supply” right now.

U.S. carriers don’t seem to be having the same problem with stock, perhaps due to its limited sellers. The One M8 is only being sold online, with the exception of Verizon offering it at their actual store locations. On April 11, all carrier stores will have the phone in stock.

Source: Focus Taiwan
Via: PhoneArena

HTC Desire 316 official in China

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HTC-Desire-316The rumored HTC Desire 316 is official. The device appeared on HTC China’s website as the latest addition to the company’s Desire lineup. The 316 is a slightly different version of the Desire 516. The link to the handset’s description actually shows 516, but the description is clearly of the 316.

The new smartphone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and has a 5-inch qHD (540 x 960) display with a 1,950 mAh battery. It weighs 160 grams, measures 140 x 72 x 9.7 mm, and features a 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and microSD card support. On the back of the device there’s a 1,950 mAh battery.

Source: HTC China
Via: PhoneArena

 

Has HTC succumbed to benchmark cheating?

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Let me preface this post by saying that I don’t give a rat’s you know what about benchmarks, and I have made that clear in the majority of my reviews. Benchmarks don’t provide real life details, but the fact that companies can cheat on them makes them even more irrelevant. Samsung was caught numerous times doing this, and I would never think HTC would do the same, but when you look at the numbers, they very well might be.

In looking at the AnTuTu Benchmarks, the HTC One  (M8) came in at 38,815, which blows away other phones with the same Snapdragon 801 chipset. The Galaxy S 5 came in at 34,898, the LG G Pro 2 was 30,068, and the Sony Xperia Z2 came in at 32,768.

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HTC president claims Samsung Galaxy S5 is “just a cheap piece of plastic”

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While HTC certainly does make some nice phones, Samsung‘s sales have always been higher than HTC’s. Because of the fact that both companies have new flagship devices launching at almost the same time, there is quite a bit of competition between them, which is perhaps why HTC president Jason Mackenzie wasn’t too reserved about his opinions on Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S5.

Mackenzie critiqued Samsung, saying that they don’t invest in customers, but instead invest in advertising. This is a common critique of the company. He then went on to say that Samsung’s device was made out of cheap plastic, and that HTC is aiming for customers who “want the best”.

Source: Business Insider