HTC issues apology for Hot Deal snags

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Yesterday HTC launched a new program to give people a good reason to visit their web site – nine weeks of hot deals. The first one was a doozy as HTC offered the new Nexus 9 tablet for only $199 for a 16GB model. No doubt this caused a virtual feeding frenzy on the HTC site once the sale opened up. Even with all the extra stress and frustration that goes with events like this, HTC apparently felt some of the problems people experienced went above and beyond what could be reasonably expected for a flash sale. For that, the company has issued an apology.
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Binaries for the Nexus 9 are being included in factory image build

google_nexus_9_color_fanGoogle recently released a factory image for the Nexus 9 tablet, but we were still waiting for binaries to be made officially available. Well, it turns out Google already released those binaries and most people didn’t even notice. The binaries for the Nexus 9 have been included on the LRX21L factory image on a separate vendor partition, which also explains why the factory image is a pretty large download.

Now that we’ve got everything cleared up for the Nexus 9, we’re just waiting on Lollipop images for other devices.

source: Android Police

HTC is planning their own line of premium tablets to launch in 2015

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If it wasn’t clear with the announcement of the Nexus 9, HTC is back in the tablet game, and their Chief Financial Officer Chang Chia-lin had some details to share during the company’s recent earnings conference call. Planning a launch sometime next year, the Taiwanese company may be looking into co-branding to expand HTC’s brand appeal (similar to their former partnership with Beats). HTC North Asia President Jack Tong also revealed that HTC is aiming for the mid and high-tier tablet market, claiming the profit margin in the budget tablet sector is too slim.


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[Smoking Hot Deal] HTC kicks of 9 weeks of Hot Deals with the Nexus 9 (16 GB) for only $199

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HTC is going to host a Hot Deal each week for the next 9 weeks, and the first one is a doozy. Starting right now (12:00 PM EST / 9:00 AM PST), you can grab the 16 GB version of the Nexus 9 from their site for only $199. That’s a whopping 50% discount off of the normal $399 price.

This hot deal is 12 hours long, but supplies are very limited and unlikely to last the entire time. Once supplies for the Hot Deal are depleted, you can still save $50 off of either the 16 GB or 32 GB version provided you enter your order in by 12:00 am EST / 9:00 pm PST. That would put you at $349 for the 16 GB version or $429 for the 32 GB version.


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Nexus 9 teardown reveals that it won’t be easy to repair

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The folks at iFixit took apart the Nexus 9, which of course revealed a lot of super cool hardware like the 64-bit Tegra K1. However, the teardown also revealed that if you’re looking to fix it on your own, it won’t be so easy. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being super easy, the Nexus 9 scored a 3.

Removing the rear case is easy enough, but once you get inside the “interior is a maze of tape and thin, delicate cables,” making your job very tedious. Even replacing the display proved to be difficult as it’s “insanely very solidly glued to the midframe.”


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HTC Desire 820s is now official

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For whatever reason HTC decided to offer a new variant of the Desire 820, dubbed the Desire 820s. From what we can tell, the only difference is the processor. It’s still 64-bit and octa-core, but instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, you get a MediaTek MT6752. Both use Cortex-A53 cores, but the MediaTek clocks all the cores at 1.7 GHz, while the Snapdragon clocks half of the cores at 1.5 GHz and the other half at 1 GHz.


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Let the countdown begin for Lollipop on the HTC One (M8) and (M7)

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Last summer when HTC announced the new HTC One (M8) smartphone, part of their big news was a commitment to rolling out updates to Android on the device in a more timely fashion. This was obviously in response to criticism from the market that HTC lagged, if they even got around it, at updating their devices. Thus the HTC Advantage program was born to not only get updates out more quickly, but to keep devices current for at least a couple years.
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HTC publishes companion app for its RE Camera

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The RE Camera is coming as soon as November 15, and there is still some software preparation to be done. To control the RE Camera with your device, HTC has released a companion app. The RE app pairs devices to sync it with photos and videos without the need for a wired connection. It also allows users to view live what the RE Camera sees. The app works with Android 4.3 and above.

Hit the break for the video, gallery, and download links.


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RE Camera in orange gets delayed, HTC offers 10% discount

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Launching a new product in a relatively new category can be tough, but HTC is not shying away from doing so. This company’s RE Camera will be on the market in time for the holiday season. And to satisfy the tastes of everyone, the RE Camera comes in orange, white, and navy blue (the latter of which is exclusive to Best Buy). Pre-orders have been open since the device was announced in October. Shipments, though, have yet to start.


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