After 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
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.
The upcoming Helio X20 processor, developed by MediaTek, has reportedly received attention from plenty of the largest Android device manufacturers. Companies that have expressed interest in the deca-core processor include Sony, LG, HTC, ZTE, Lenovo, Meizu, Huawei, and Xiaomi.
We’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
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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A new device from HTC has released in Japan, the HTC J Butterfly HTV31. This may be the most powerful smartphone HTC has brought to the market yet.
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.
We’ve been hearing rumours that HTC is working on its own range of tablets ever since the Taiwanese company was chosen to manufacture the Nexus 9. Thanks to a leak posted on Twitter, we can ascertain that one of the tablets being developed brandishes the ‘H7‘ code-name. Read more
Four devices, some unannounced at this time, were name-dropped by Evan Blass on Twitter with Verizon being among their destinations. The companies sending their devices to Big Red include Sony, LG, HTC, and Apple.
With Google beginning the update rollout of Android 5.0.2 for the Nexus 9 tablet recently, many users were keen on getting hold of the factory images to flash the ROM manually. This saves the trouble of waiting for an OTA update to pop up. Read more