HTC Desire 610 to hit AT&T on July 25th

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HTC has officially announced the HTC Desire 610 will be available on July 25th through AT&T. As expected based on previously leaked information, the Desire 610 will come with a 4.7-inch running at 854 x 480 resolution. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2 GHz with 1GB of RAM and at least 8GB of onboard memory. The device does have a microSD slot that will support 64GB of additional memory.

Along with the announcement, AT&T has setup a page for customers to sign up to be notified when the device is available. However, no pricing information has been released. AT&T indicates the device will be available on their regular plans as well as through their GoPhone prepaid service.

sources: @HTCUSA, AT&T

[Deal] Expansys offering close-out deals on Google Play Edition devices

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Expansys has fired up a promotion on Google Play Edition devices as part of an apparent effort to clear out some stock. If you don’t mind a device that may be a generation behind the current flagships and have been looking for the experience of a GPE device, this is something you will certainly want to check out.
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HTC losing more executives

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Despite the recent announcement of a strong second quarter for HTC riding on the success of the HTC One (M8), it appears all is not well with upper level employees at the company. According to a report out today, Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho has tendered his resignation only a year and half after taking over the role. Some sources are suggesting Ho may have been catching heat for HTC’s Robert Downey, Jr. marketing campaign. According to the report, Ho will remain with HTC through the end of the year even though Chairwoman Cher Wang has taken over the CMO duties.

At the same time, President of Engineering and Operations Fred Liu is retiring from the company after 16 years. The company is also losing Paul Golden, a former Samsung executive, who had been brought on as a marketing consultant pursuant to a short-term contract. It appears HTC may have wanted Golden to stay on longer, but he declined the opportunity.

HTC has not issued any official statements concerning these reported departures.

source: Bloomberg
via: Android Central

HTC Dot View case seemingly heading to additional devices

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The Dot View case, which received an intriguing app update yesterday, is currently limited to just the HTC One (M8). The company does not have a Dot View case for any of its other devices. However, that is likely to change. HTC, according to @evleaks, is working on a Dot View case for at least seven other devices.

There will be different levels, though. What the difference between each will be is not yet known, but it likely means HTC will water down the case. The ‘Dot View Premium’ case that is currently featured for the company’s flagship will also be heading to smartphones with the model number’s M8 Ace (One E8), B2 (alleged Butterfly successor), W8 (alleged Verizon Windows Phone), and EYE (alleged selfie handset for AT&T). The ‘Dot View Standard’ case is going to be paired with A51. And the ‘Dot View Lite’ will go with A21 and A11.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

HTC Dot View app becomes manageable with themes and settings

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When HTC unveiled the Dot View case, we were pretty impressed. Spending some time with it, though, we found that it was actually quite limited. Today, the company has updated the app to make it visible in your app tray rather than hiding behind the scenes. This means one thing: settings. The HTC Dot View app now has a few settings to work with. Users can choose when the display will timeout, adjust what (of the few apps) can display notifications, display call history, and opt to bypass a security screen.

The biggest part, however, is the ability to apply themes. There are eighteen of them to be exact and activating the display while the cover is on shows the time with the theme sitting in the background. They all look great, but it does take away the time and weather ticker at the bottom.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.
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OnePlus tablet, HTC Volantis leaks determined to be hoaxes

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Yesterday Twitter tipster @evleaks had a couple leads on some tablet devices supposedly in the works. Unfortunately, as he says, it “was not a good day” in admitting that the two images and info that surfaced were actually hoaxes. One of the stories had to do with a tablet device that OnePlus was supposedly working on. The “tip” came in the form of a screen capture for the device. OnePlus reached out to @evleaks with an official statement indicating the photo had been photoshopped and there were no plans for a tablet device.

The other hoaxed image was for the HTC Volantis, supposedly the next Nexus device to be released by Google. @evleaks says the source of that image has been revealed as a Google poser.

sources: @evleaks (Twitter), @evleaks (official site)

More details on HTC Volantis surface, Boomsound speakers 64 GB of storage on board

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More details have surfaced about HTC’s rumored upcoming Nexus tablet. The rumors confirm a few things we’ve already heard, but don’t match up with others. According to @evleaks, we should expect the Volantis to launch with an all-aluminum body and Boomsound speakers, both of which are HTC’s biggest marketing features right now. The screen resolution is also pegged at 2560 x 1600, which is a much more common aspect ratio than what we previously heard.
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