Remember that teaser Tweet HTC sent out last week about some sort of repair service? Well they finally explained what it was all about. They just launched HTC Advantage, which is for U.S. owners of the HTC One, HTC One Mini, HTC One Max, and we presume the newest flagship they will announce next month. It gives customers a little more than the traditional warranty coverages you will find from other Android manufacturers. With HTC Advantage, if you crack your screen within the first 6 months of ownership, HTC will replace it for free. One caveat is that this will only cover people who buy a phone from today (February 18, 2014) onward.
HTC just announced that the “Best is going to get better” on March 25th. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that this will be the day for the unveiling of the HTC One successor. Codenamed the M8, it has been rumored to be called the HTC One 2 and the HTC One+. Whatever it’s called, we will find out for sure in just over a month. HTC didn’t divulge the location, but we are expecting a simultaneous launch in London and New York City, just like last year.
Since this will be HTC’s flagship phone of the year, this date will probably be the most important day of the year for HTC. The HTC One was a fantastic phone that received a ton of praise from the media, but praise and quality will only get you so far. HTC continued to show a lack of direction in their marketing efforts, which resulted in continued losses. HTC really needs to hit the mark with this phone and figure out a way to get people to jump off the Samsung ship. Can they do it? Only time will tell, but we will have a really good idea on March 25.
The HTC Desire 8 hasn’t been to shy as of late. We have seen a photo of the device (above) and a leaked screenshot came attached with a possible release date. Now the specifications and potential carrier information have trickled out, thanks to LlabTooFer. This 5.5-inch display will have a resolution of 720p. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. Along with 8GB of memory is a microSD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0, now an expectation, is included. The user interface is HTC’s Sense 6.0 over Android 4.4.2. And like the upcoming HTC M8, the Desire 8 will have on-screen buttons. » Read the rest
A few days ago an image leaked of a new HTC device called the HTC Desire 8. The large smartphone is supposed to be HTC’s answer for the mid-range market. Although specs have not yet leaked for the device, it appears to have a 5.5-inch display, a 13MP camera, and will be dual-sim capable. Maybe the most interesting bit gleaned from the leaks so far is that HTC is planning to use on-screen buttons for the new device. A couple new images related to the device surfaced on Chinese site Weibo thanks to none other than HTC’s official account on the service. » Read the rest
The HTC M8 may not be the only device the company plans on releasing in the near future. According to @evleaks, we should be on the lookout for “a music-centric handset from HTC this half.” This is the first time we have heard of such a device. What could be so special about this device? Right now, no one knows. But if I had to guess, I would say HTC’s BoomSound audio would be a major component. Also, HTC could release special headphones with the device. Or maybe, just maybe, they would create their own music streaming service? I don’t think the latter is very likely.
Let us know in the comments what you think will make this device so special. » Read the rest
The photos that have surfaced show that the device will in fact have a dual camera, as well as a dual LED flash. On the front of the device, we can see that there is a lack of hardware buttons, which really comes as no surprise.
The HTC M8 is expected to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 as well as a 5″ 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and include Android 4.2.2 out of the box.
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The HTC EVO 4G LTE has been out since mid-2012, but HTC and Sprint have been facing difficulties updating the device to Android 4.3. It was supposed to be available by the end of 2013, but it was re-scheduled for this month. However, it looks like HTC hasn’t forgot about this update yet.
Bad news for folks who own Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE. HTC posted a notice on Reddit yesterday that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will not be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update for the device because of its memory limitations. However, HTC is working on a new process which will allow the more “technical customers” to update the device manually.
HTC hasn’t provided further details about the process but if you’re interested in updating your EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3, you can sign up for the new process by shooting an email to HTC at HTCTrial@htc.com.
The HTC USA Product Team took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything today and provided some great news for consumers in North America that purchase future flagship devices. After a device is released, the team will continue to issue Android updates for at least two years. So this means that when the upcoming HTC M8 finally gets released, owners can expect updates for the next twenty-four months. » Read the rest
HTC today posted a picture of two broken HTC phones in the shape of a heart, with the caption “if only broken hearts were this easy to fix.” Many are speculating that this signals a device repair service for HTC. HTC also mentioned that more information would be released on February 18, which is this coming Tuesday.
Trying to combat the extreme customization options of the Moto X, HTC has come out with Double Dip. It’s not nearly to the level of the Moto X, but Double Dip lets you customize the colors of the top, bottom, and middle of a case for the HTC One. The original Double Dip case came with a red top, light grey middle, and dark grey bottom, but now there are 6 different colors to choose from: Glacier Gray, Neon Lemon, Atlantis (green), Bright Peach (pink), Navy Blazer (blue), and Pastel Blue (Holoyolo).
Cases are $30, and you can create your own via the source link below.