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  1. HTC has sent out press invites for an event scheduled for August 19th in New York City. There's no word about the announcements the company plans to make, but there's a lot of speculation going around. A plethora of rumors has popped up in the past few weeks, hinting at HTC working on a new Google Nexus tablet codenamed Volantis. It's been a while since the Taiwanese OEM collaborated with Google on a Nexus device, but leaks from several often-correct publications suggest we might see a tablet in a the coming weeks. Second in the rumor mill is a new Windows Phone 8.1 device. Last we heard, the Taiwanese OEM was rumored to launch a Windows Phone device which will make use of the Duo Cameras and BoomSound speakers, and will resemble to the HTC One handset. HTC is one of the hardware partners for Microsoft, but it's been almost two years since we saw a WP handset. Source
  2. HTC may have let slip a tease of its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch. It turns out that a new video focused on HTC's lauded design department also offers an extremely brief peek at something else: an unnannounced wearable. The watch appears on an employee's desk around 35 seconds in, attached to some sort of stand or charger. Getting a closer look requires zooming in significantly, so it's difficult to see much of the hardware's design beyond the square face. We're left clueless as to what the band looks like, for example. An artist's reproduction of HTC's upcoming watch (with a steel band) was recently published by @evleaks. The device here — what we can see of it, anyway — seems to match that mockup. But this could easily be a prototype that's still due to undergo more changes. HTC has said it will have a wearable ready in time for the holiday season, so you'll likely be seeing the eagerly anticipated Moto 360 arrive on shelves first. Source
  3. Wondering what's up with the Nexus 8? or the rumored premium Google tablet, made by HTC? Today a barrage of leaks might be hinting at an encroaching announcement. First we have a source claiming that the tablet, which has been referred to as Volantis or Flounder so far, is codenamed T1, and will feature an 8 MP rear camera, alongside 1.6 MP front-facer. A little digging in the tablet's firmware has also returned the unsurprising fact that it will ship with Android L out of the box, without any HTC Sense overlay shenanigans. Meanwhile, the Nexus 8 tablet might have already be doing the certification rounds in South Korea, as from the local FCC came this gem of an entry below, that depicts a device coded "0P8210000" to have passed certification. The back of this gear was shown about a month ago by @evleaks, marked Flounder. It carried the same letter and number sequence, and was claimed to be of the real Nexus 8. The HTC-made Nexus tablet is expected to be a more premium device than Google's current Nexus 7 tablet, as we would expect from HTC. There should be a metal chassis wrapping an 8.9" 2560x1600 pixels display. The current leak also claims a 64-bit Tegra processor, paired with 4 GB of Elpida memory in 2x2 GB configuration will be in store, making it the first Android device taking true advantage of Android L's 64-bit backend. A Qualcomm-made LTE modem will be in the models with cellular connectivity, and, as claimed above, an 8 MP rear camera, too. All this breathtaking goodness is unlikely to come as cheap as we've come to expect from the Nexus line, though. Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology, recently confirmed the speculation, saying that the Google Nexus 8 is likely to be a "high-performance" device, with "volume production expected to start in July or August." She also adds that "this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications." Source
  4. The HTC One for Windows Phone has been rumored to be coming for sometime now. HTC hasn't released a high end smartphone for Windows Phone since the HTC 8XT, so the possibility of the HTC One coming the ecosystem excites many. Today, Windows Phone Central has acquired all the specifications for the device, and as the rumors suggested, it's identical to the Android counterpart. The device features not only the same specs as the Android version, but also supports the Dot View smartcase. This smartcase supports viewing who's calling, the time and more. The Dot View case is only available thanks to the recent Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, which introduced support for smartcases. The full specifications for the device are as follows: Windows Phone 8.1 2.3GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 32GB internal storage with Micro SD support 2GB RAM 5-inch 1080P SuperLCD3 display with Gorilla Glass 3 - 441 ppi 2600mAh Battery HTC UltraPixel camera, 5MP front facing camera Nano SIM HTC Boomsound U-Focus HTC Dot View Case Source
  5. Android 4.4, also known as KitKat, is the most recent version of Google’s popular operating system, and it’s already shipping in several new devices around the world. But what about the 900 million or so Android devices that have been sold to date? How do you know if your phone or tablet will get a sweet KitKat upgrade? Here's a guide to the major manufacturers and their KitKat roadmaps so far. Google The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, will all receive the KitKat upgrade. Motorola Motorola is primed to show off the latest and greatest facets of Android and the new KitKat operating system. It’s no surprise then that they’ve got one of the clearer plans for finding out when your device will receive an upgrade to Android 4.4. The Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM processor powered Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini will all get upgraded to Android 4.4, though no official availability date has been set. As well, the Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD, and Droid Razr Maxx HD all have the status of "future plan to come soon." You can check for updated information by entering your device information on the Motorola's upgrade website. HTC If you're a subscriber on one of the four major U.S. carriers, your HTC One will receive the KitKat upgrade within the next 90 days. If you're using an unlocked or developer version of the handset, your HTC One will get an update in 30 days. Samsung Samsung has announced that the GALAXY S4 Google Play Edition will be upgraded "in the coming weeks." The venerable Galaxy Nexus, built in partnership with Google, will not receive an upgrade. Other device upgrade plans have yet to be announced. Sony Sony announced they will be first serving up Android 4.3 updates to most of their Xperia devices, with Android 4.4 upgrades to follow for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Tablet Z. LG Nothing official has been announced for other LG devices. though other devices are likely to be upgraded including the LG G2. Source
  6. geeteam

    HTC M8 specs leaked

    The device looks to be quite similar to the HTC One, but with a black case instead of the silver, but we didn't really know what to expect from the device specs until now. the potential leaked specs are pretty bare bones and don't really reveal anything we couldn't have guessed for ourselves. According to Evleaks, the HTC M8 will feature a 5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and be running Android 4.4 KitKat. The only real surprise there is KitKat, but the additions of Android 4.4 will be hidden a bit given the device will be skinned with Sense, which is rumored to be version 6 on the new device. Based on HTC's previous release schedule, we should be seeing the M8 hitting store shelves sometime in Q1 of 2014, which means the rumors should start picking up, and the information will paint a clearer picture of what to expect from HTC's next flagship smartphone. Original Article
  7. HTC just can't catch a break these days. The company has been in rough financial shape for a while now, despite churning out stellar products like the HTC One. One of the company's biggest threats is Nokia, which coincidentally has one of the biggest patent portfolios in the mobile space. The Finish company has won a patent lawsuit against HTC where Justice Arnold of the England and Wales High Court has ordered an injunction against the Tainawese manufacturer's products, which are in violation of Nokia's EP0998024 patent on "modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station". HTC's argument is that the technology is part of the Qualcomm chips the company uses and should be covered in a deal between Nokia and Qualcomm in the US. But to no avail as the judge has issued the injunction, which has been delayed until Friday so as to give time HTC to appeal. If that does not happen Nokia could file to ban HTC One sales in the UK. HTC's One mini has already fallen victim to Nokia and will be banned from selling starting December 6. HTC has evoked examples such as Apple, BlackBerry, Google, LG, Samsung and Sony, which all infringe on said patent, but that wasn't enough to save its case. Nokia had achieved a sales ban against the One smartphone line in the UK before, forcing HTC to change the radios and microphones inside the One. Nokia also won against HTC regarding its wireless patents, battery-saving patent in Germany, the list goes on. Source
  8. Taiwanese mobile operator FarEasTone Telecommunications has unveiled that HTC is preparing to launch a new color variation of the One Max. The phablet was announced in October in silver, but now the maker's home market is set to see a red version of the phone, as well. The HTC One Max in red has been spotted in promo materials of the Taiwanese carrier. The red One Max is part of a larger wave of device to be launched by FarEasTone, which also includes HTC Desire 601, Butterfly and Desire Q all available in a cool-looking red color. While HTC hasn't officially announced the color yet, but one of its partners has obviously jumped the gun. We suspect the company is going to break the news officially soon. Previously, the HTC One launched in silver and black, but HTC also added red and blue versions. It won't be surprising if the HTC One Max was to get a similar treatment. Source
  9. HTC Desire 700 The HTC Desire 700 is a more affordable alternative to the HTC One, with a bigger 5" screen but a lower resolution, qHD. Just like the One, it packs stereo BoomSound speakers on the front. It's powered by a quad-core Snapdragon chipset (the S400 with four Cortex-A7 cores most likely, details are sparse) and offers 1GB RAM.The Desire 700 has a traditional 8MP camera with a BSI sensor and an f/2.0 aperture, 2.1MP front-facing camera (again with BSI sensor). The main camera can record 1080p video and has HTC Zoe support. The built-in storage is 8GB and there's a microSD card.The HTC Desire 700 is a dual-SIM phone with HSPA support on the first SIM slot and GSM/EDGE on the second SIM slot. Both slots are of the micro variety. The 2,100mAh Li-Po battery (rather small for a phone of this size) is good for nearly 12 hours of 3G calls.The phone is priced NTD 13,900 in Taiwan, which works out to $470. HTC Desire 501If the 700 is a HTC One alternative, then the Desire 501 looks up to the HTC One mini. It has a 4.3" WVGA screen, dual-core 1.15GHz processor (almost certainly not a Krait, maybe it's a Cortex-A6 like the Desire 500).The phone has the same 8MP/2.1MP camera combo as the 700 along with HTC ImageChip, but strangely no Zoe support. There's no stereo speakers on the front either.Still, the Desire 501 is like the 700 in several other aspects, it has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with a microSD expansion slot and a 2,100mAh battery. This gives the phone several weapons over the One mini (card slot, bigger battery) but the screen is no match for the 720p LCD on the mini, nor is the CPU up to par with the Krait-based chipset.The 501 is not a dual-SIM phone, you can look to the very similar HTC Desire 500 for that.The phone will cost NTD 9,900 ($330) in Taiwan. HTC Desire 601(dual-SIM)The HTC Desire 601 is already official, but now it also got a dual-SIM version. The phone is a 4.5" version of the 701, with almost the exact same feature set except that the main camera has been demoted to a 5MP/1080p shooter and the internal storage has been halved to 4GB (the microSD card slot is still in place).There's dual-SIM support, front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. This one is a bit strange as the single-SIM Desire 601 has a dual-core 1.4GHz processor.This one is priced NTD 10,900 ($370). There's no indication of which (if any) of these phones will be available worldwide and when. Source
  10. Several HTC employees, including a senior executive, have been indicted in Taiwan for leaking company secrets, falsifying expenses, and taking kickbacks, reports The Wall Street Journal. Thomas Chien, HTC's vice president of product design, is alleged to have leaked upcoming smartphone interface designs to a partner who he planned to start a new business with. Along with five other HTC employees, Chien has reportedly also been charged for collectively receiving around 33.57 million New Taiwan dollars (US$1.12 million) by falsifying expenses and receiving kickbacks from suppliers. Three employees from unidentified suppliers of HTC have also been indicted. Chien and the other HTC employees were first arrested in August regarding these charges. At the time, it was reported that the designs Chien leaked were of Sense 6.0, which would be an upcoming, unannounced version of HTC's Android software and interface. HTC's R&D director, Bill Wu, and design team senior manager, Justin Huang, were reported to be among the other five facing charges at the time of the initial report, but the Journal doesn't say specifically who else has been indicted beyond Chien right now. Should so many high-level employees be facing prosecution, it would certainly be bad news for HTC, which is dealing with slumping sales and several other executive departures already. Source
  11. Back in August, five HTC employees were cuffed and detained for allegedly leaking sensitive internal information pertaining to HTC interface designs to third-parties in mainland China. As if HTC didn't have it hard enough already, three of those happen to be some pretty essential executives within the struggling Taiwanese company – VP of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D director Wu Hung and senior manager Justin Huang. The same were allegedly about to wait out their mid-year bonuses and call it quits, having already incorporated their own design company in China. As if leaking sensitive HTC intellectual property wasn't enough, the above trio was also allegedly scammed their employer out of close to a million dollars through faux contracts. These transgressions were not left unnoticed, and formal indictments have now been put into motion, threatening to incarcerate Chien and company for up to 10 years. An unsavory business, no doubt, yet there's no denying that some of the charged had key positions within HTC. In fact, Justin Huang is said to be the very person that first sketched the initial design for the masterpiece that is the HTC One. Considering the handset maker's poor financial performance as of late, this is likely to serve as a considerable blow for the company, undermining its efforts to bounce back. Source
  12. geeteam

    The madness of HTC

    I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the trippy interview HTC’s chairman gave to Bloomberg this week. The comments made by Cher Wang can only be compared to Ed Zander’s legendary obliviousness in the fateful autumn of 2006 as he argued that betting everything on expanding the RAZR portfolio was the best route for Motorola. What HTC seems to believe is that it can rebound by a.) improving marketing, b.) launching smartwatches and c.) praying that the upcoming HTC M8 will click. If this seems disjointed, that’s because it is. This list of three points makes no sense on any level. First of all, HTC already made a huge bet on marketing last autumn. You know — the $1 billion ad blitz that kicked off by featuring the most famous action movie star in the world. The entire effort was a nightmarish mess and also a disaster. HTC showed it does not understand how it should rebrand its phones and it has no grasp of what core message it wants to convey. So how is a new marketing blitz going to change anything? The phones have excellent quality but are sold at a high price. This is a combination that does not work in a handset market where the growth in the luxury segment has evaporated. There is no marketing message that can solve that problem. You can add both Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence to those Robert Downey, Jr. ads and it won’t do HTC one bit of good. I would not be surprised if they tried, though. Mentioning smartwatches and wearables as a gamechanger is probably the most desperate Hail Mary pass I have heard in years. Obviously, the smartwatch market is going to have two key tiers: Dirt-cheap Chinese models offering deep value and the high-end segment where Apple and Samsung battle it out. Why would this end any better for HTC than the smartphone and tablet battles with precisely the same script? We have already seen this movie twice and the plotline is obvious: HTC cannot or will not price products low enough to be credible budget entries and it does not possess marketing budget, savvy, or exceptional design prowess to break into the luxury segment. Why is it that the HTC executives cannot grasp the obvious? Of course, the upcoming HTC M8 looks precisely the sort of also-ran, almost-there, high-end item that the doomed HTC One was last summer. A 5 inch, 1080p display. Quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset. Two 5-megapixel cameras. At a price that is too close to Samsung and Apple flagship phones. This is the formula that stopped working back in Christmas 2011. Yet HTC has not been able to change it, even as the $500-plus device segment grows ever more hostile to smaller brands as the unit growth rate tanks. Hiring a new ad agency or putting out an HTC watch is not going to do any good. This goose is cooked. Source
  13. Nokia and HTC ended their prolonged legal war with a patent and technology collaboration agreement. The partnership ends all pending patent litigation between the two companies. Its full terms are confidential. According to the official press release, HTC will make payments to Nokia, but the exact amounts haven't been disclosed. The Finnish company on the other hand will gain access to HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, thus further expanding its own expertise. Furthermore, the companies will look into future technology collaboration opportunities. Unsurprisingly, representatives from both Nokia and HTC are pleased with the agreement. By staying out of court and sharing patents, both companies will be able to focus on making products which can better compete in today’s crowded marketplace. Source
  14. According to a couple of tweets from XDA TV producer and moderator Shen Ye, the upcoming HTC M8 may have the same four color versions at launch - black, red, blue and grey.Unfortunately, there is still no word on exactly when the M8 will be released. HTC could officially announce it in February or March. Over the weekend, we heard that the new M8 would be HTC’s first smartphone to come with on-screen buttons - this might allow it to be as large as the current One model, despite the fact that the new handset should sport a larger display of 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels. Other expected features include Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6 UI, an UltraPixel rear camera, and a quad-core Qualcomm processor. HTC will probably keep the aluminum body, as well as the BoomSound front speakers for the new flagship. Source
  15. HTC today briefly listed a new Android smartphone on its European website. While far from being as exciting as the yet-to-come M8 flagship, the new handset, called HTC Desire 310, appears to be HTC’s first to use a MediaTek chipset. Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the Desire 310 reportedly comes with a quad-core MediaTek MT6582M processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. The rest of its features won’t impress anyone, seemingly including a 4.5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-SIM capabilities, VGA front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera without flash, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of expandable internal memory. It’s said that the handset weighs 140 grams, measures 131.44 x 68.03 x 11.25mm, and has a 2,000 mAh battery on the back. The Desire 310 looks a lot like the dual-core Desire 300 from 2013 (that one uses a Snapdragon S4 CPU). It might be the same device as the D310w that we spotted alongside the HTC M8X earlier this month. Apparently, the 310 will be released in the near future in two color version (black and white), almost certainly for a low price. We heard that HTC may also launch affordable smartphones featuring octa-core MediaTek processors sometime later this year. The existence of the quad-core Desire 310 kind of gives credence to that rumor, doesn't it? Source
  16. HTC has published the UA Prof file for the HTC M8 (aka the successor to the HTC One) confirming its existence and the fact that the device will feature a 1080 x 1920-pixel display. User Agent Profile (UA Prof) files are specification files that describe the model, screen size and other features of the device before it gets officialized. Making such a file is not obligatory, but usually when published, this is done by the phone maker itself (in this case from HTC), and is a near-official confirmation of a device. While the resolution of the HTC M8 is not expected to change from that of last year's HTC One, the size of the display is actually expected to go up slightly. The HTC M8 is rumored to have a screen of at least 5 inches in diagonal, but not larger than 5.9 inches. What does this mean? First and foremost, pixel peepers might be disappointed to learn that the newest HTC flagship won't match the oft rumored 2014 trend of QHD (1440 x 2560-pixel) displays. To most people and even sharp-eyed consumers, though, we expect the difference between QHD and 1080p displays to be barely visible, so we would not necessarily count this as a flaw. Moreover, a device with a 1080p display would actually perform better as it has to process much less pixels than a QHD phone, and this might be a compromise some are willing to make. Even without a QHD display, there is something else about the HTC M8 that makes it extremely interesting, and that’s the rumored twin-sensor rear camera. The twin sensors are said to improve the focusing ability, the depth of field and image quality of the M8’s camera, and we’re looking forward to seeing the possibilities that come with it. The handset is also said to retain a similar design and visual aesthetics as the original HTC One, but get beefier under the hood with a newer version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon system chip (we’d bet on either a newer version of Snapdragon 800, or the Snapdragon 805). Luckily, it’s also said to get released in just a couple of months, by the end of March when all these rumors will be put to rest - brace yourselves, the wait won’t be too long. Source
  17. A published report cites a source in China for a leaked photograph of an unknown HTC handset. The thin, red colored phone is believed to be a mid-range HTC Desire model, which could be launched in the March-April time period. The device purportedly carries a 5 inch screen, and will be powered by a Snapdragon processor. Speculation calls for a price in the neighborhood of 2000 yuan ($330 USD). HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang has called the third quarter a trough for her company and says that 2014 will be a comeback year for HTC. Considering that HTC has previously said that its problems were with the mid to low end of the market, this new model might play an important part in the manufacturer's recovery. It is possible that this is the recently leaked D310w model that was recently certified in Indonesia and is expected to be released in China as the HTC V1. This is tipped as a low end device with just 512MB of RAM on board. Source
  18. The yet-to-be announced HTC M8, which is rumored as the successor of the company's flagship, the HTC One has shown up on the POSTEL (the Indonesian equivalent of the FCC) along with another device with model number D310w.HTC D310w is showing up for the first time and the device could well belong to the Desire series of mid-range affordable smartphones. Meanwhile, the recently leaked user agent profile from the HTC website confirmed that the screen resolution of the HTC M8 will be 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is same as on the HTC One. Apart from that, the upcoming smartphone is rumored to sport a 4.9" or 5", a Snapdragon 800 chipset and an Ultrapixel camera. The POSTEL listing also suggests that the HTC M8 is drawing closer to its release.The announcement of HTC's new flagship smartphone at MWC 2014 seems very likely, but there is no official word just yet. Source
  19. By Brad Sams 5 hours ago It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform got off to a much slower start than many had hoped. But with a couple years now behind the platform, there is solid proof that Windows Phone is growing and that Microsoft's marketing efforts are paying off. Aside from the notable achievements, and we call them achievements because getting developers to adopt to your new platform is never an easy task, especially landing key first party apps such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter; trending analysis shows consumers are warming up to the platform. How do we know consumers are looking into the platform? That’s easy, Google Trends. If you wonder why Google Trends is an important indicator of market acknowledgement of a platform, it’s because Google has a commanding lead of all Internet based searches. Because Google is able to gather such a wide base of search queries, it can be used as a representative sample of the market, and when we start to look into Windows Phone, the data paints a positive picture. If we start with the macro, you are able to see the obvious trend. The growth of Windows Phone based searches is growing steadily and this is exactly what you would expect to see. But, there are instances of new products (from old companies) falling away after being on the market for several years (such as Blackberry) so the fact that Windows Phone exhibits such a solid climb at the macro level, is a good sign for Microsoft. When you start to close in on the micro, the trending is still apparent, although not as significant when you take a look at the entire picture. Over the last two years, interest in Windows Phone, based on Google search trends, has continued to climb at a moderate pace. While not the ‘hockey stick’ style growth that many would love to see, it’s still progressive and consistent growth. One of the key takeaways here too is that Windows Phone saw its highest level of interest in December of 2013. Specifically, the week of Christmas Windows Phone hit its peak since the platform has been introduced. This is significant for many reasons, one of which means that they had a very strong holiday shipping season. Secondly is that their holiday marketing efforts likely paid off. While we have to wait another week or so to hear the official earnings from Nokia and Microsoft, we suspect that Nokia will acknowledge another strong quarter of sales. Finally, when we look at the trailing 12 months, we can see that Windows Phone is still on the rise, the growth is not substantial but it's consistent, which is key for Microsoft. Why is it key? Well, at this point the company’s internal expectations are that it’s going to be a long road to a significant marketshare position and not an overnight explosion of growth. Seeing that Windows Phone is still trending upward, even at the micro level, is a good sign for the platform. You might be thinking that this slow growth is not all that impressive. But remember, the smartphone market is one of the most saturated markets on the planet. With several strong platforms and the fact that Microsoft is playing catch-up, they are showing that they do have the muscle to be relevant in any market that they enter. If you need evidence that this market is insanely competitive and that getting consumers (and developers to switch platforms) is quite hard, take a look at webOS or even BBOS. With webOS completely dead and BBOS struggling to remain relevant, the smartphone market is not one for the weak and with Microsoft showing consistent growth over the macro picture, it’s certainly a good sign for the company. Both of the companies backing webOS and BBOS had significant cash pools to support the platforms, but in this case you need a lot more than money to have a consumer-adored smartphone OS. So what does all of this mean? It means that Windows Phone is gaining consumer acknowledgement, it’s becoming part of their vocabulary when they discuss smartphone platforms, and that is a huge win for Microsoft. We still continue to hear about poor sales experience from around the US about smartphone sales folks steering consumers away from Windows Phone, but when the consumer starts asking for a Microsoft platform in a market that they were lagging for many years, it’s a win by any measure. http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-phone-growth-continues-with-december-2013-reaching-new-heights
  20. HTC M8, the successor of HTC One, has leaked numerous times before. We heard lots of rumors throughout the last couple of months - we saw the rear panel, alleged specs heard rumors about a twin UltraPixel camera, saw its virtual buttoms, the M8 even got tippped for a March release, after a New York announcement. Today we have the first live picture of the HTC M8, not just the panel. It shows its back, where we can clearly see the twin cameras and the dual-LED flash. This means the next One won't pack a fingerprint sensor, or at least it won't be one on its back. The HTC M8 should pack a 5-inch 1080p display, running on Snapdragon 800 chipset, and sport with a twin UltraPixel cameras of unknown resolution ( :huh: ). The official announcement event will probably happen in New York very soon, while the M8 is expected to hit the shelves in March. Source
  21. Another one of Nokia’s lawsuits against HTC in Germany ended favorably for the Finnish manufacturer. Nokia won a patent injunction against all Android devices of the Taiwanese manufacturer, including the trio of HTC One devices. HTC was found to infringe patent number EP1148681. It is related to a method for transferring resource information which allows users to directly connect two HTC devices over Bluetooth or NFC. The patent is deemed not standard-essential, thus meaning that Nokia doesn’t have any FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) obligations. According to the ruling, Nokia can enforce the injunction on a provisional basis, and recall all infringing HTC devices from the market. In order to do so, the Finnish company must post a bond of €400 million. HTC is certain to appeal the German court’s decision. The process however, could prove challenging. Google is also concerned about this litigation. The search giant has filed a nullity complaint which challenges the patent, which can potentially threat the entire Android eco system. The latest German court ruling comes hot on the heels of another one from earlier this month. Another decision on the case which involves the two companies is expected on January 9, 2014. HTC has been in a legal tussle with the Finnish company in the United Kingdom as well. It managed to get the UK injunction which Nokia won suspended for the time being. Source
  22. @evleaks revealed what he called “preliminary” specs for the HTC M8, which included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, an UltraPixel rear cam, 2.1MP front cam and KitKat with Sense 6.0. Now if a new report from recognized XDA member Mike1986 proves correct, we’re learning even more about the handset. First, the phone will reportedly be named the HTC One+, and it will feature the newer Snapdragon 805 CPU after all. We also have learned a bit more about battery size, camera and other specs. Specifications 5″ FullHD 1080p covered by Gorilla Glass 3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 2GB LPDDR3 RAM 6 or 8MP UltraPixel camera (possibly with double lens) 2.1MP front camera Software buttons 2900mAh battery Android KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0 micro-SIM, microSD NFC The HTC One+ might not be a massive leap up from the original, but it look like it will feature some welcome changes when it comes to processing power, battery size, screen size and — most importantly — it will have an SD slot for memory expansion. Source
  23. There has been quite an uproar over HTC announcing that its One X and One X+ flagships from 2012 won’t be receiving any updates anymore, and for good reason. Its latest update was Android 4.2.2, which arrived more than a year ago. I find it unacceptable that we’re not getting updates at the very least for that 18 months period they promised us for flagship devices (which really should be applied to all devices, but that’s a discussion for another time). I’ve said it before, but that 18 months period of updates, should really refer to Google’s 18 months of updates after the OEM’s phones are launched. So let’s take HTC One X which was launched in spring of 2012, right before Android 4.1. In the 18 months period, Android 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and even 4.4 should be included. This is the 18 months period of updates from Google, and since HTC released its phone right before this period started, this is the updates the HTC One X should be getting (which HTC One X+ should be getting even Android 4.5/5.0). This is not a long period of time for updates. Apple provides updates for twice as long, even if some features are missing, and 18 months is not even the typical full contract period. So your phone won’t even get the updates that came out during your contract period. Something is not right with this system, but let’s say 18 months would be enough. However, OEMs don’t even seem to provide us with that, and some of them, like HTC in this case, only provide us with updates that came out in the year of the phone’s release, and that’s it. But now, HTC is saying that this is Nvidia’s fault because they stopped supporting Android 4.4 for some Tegra 3 chips, which the exception of the version in Nexus 7. If you remember HTC used the same reason with the HTC One S last year, when they said Qualcomm isn’t supporting the Snapdragon S3 chip anymore. Now, I’m not saying HTC is lying, because I believe them, but this seems to be happening quite a lot to HTC, which is why I wouldn’t exactly call them blameless. One way to get suppliers to support their components for longer periods of time is to sign contracts with them to force them to provide upgrades for that long. It’s really no rocket science here, and it happens in all sort of industries all the time. So I’d say that HTC has almost half the blame here. That being said, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and other chip makers need to be forced either by us, smartphone customers, or OEMs (which are their customers), to respect the “Update Alliance” pact – written or not written, it doesn’t matter. It’s the very least they can do for smartphone and tablet customers. Personally, I still think 2 full years of updates (on time, not by delaying one update for a year, and then calling it the end) is the sweet spot, but at the moment I’d take the 18 months if they all made sure it’s something consistent we can all expect for our devices. They all (including smartphone OEMs) have a culture of pumping and dumping their components on the market, without caring about them for very long after that, and that needs to change, and give proper customer support for their devices, which in this case is mainly about updates, whether it’s security updates or feature updates. Source
  24. An image of a case allegedly made for the HTC M8, and listed online, reveals a opening for a fingerprint scanner. The M8 is believed to be the code name for the upcoming successor to the HTC One Android flagship phone. While the HTC One does not employ a fingerprint sensor, the phablet-sized HTC One max does. Based on the leaked case, the fingerprint scanner will be on the back, above the camera, and users will have to swipe their finger across the glass on the back. That is similar to the scanner on the HTC One max, and quite different than the TouchID scanner used by Apple for the Apple iPhone 5s. The scanner on the iPhone is embedded in its home button and requires the user to keep his finger still for a brief period of time while the sensor reads the fingerprint. HTC One max users claim that having the fingerprint scanner on the back makes using it rather difficult. The latest rumored specs for the M8, which is expected to be named the HTC One+, includes a 5 inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution, and a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU under the hood. We expect to see 2GB of RAM on board, 16GB of native storage inside and a microSD slot for those needing additional storage. A 2900mAh cell keeps the lights on. Android 4.4 is pre-installed out of the box. The HTC One+ is expected to be launched in March after being unveiled at next month's MWC in Barcelona. Source
  25. HTC One's successor codenamed M8 and also known as One 2 and Two should launch this March, following an MWC debut in late February. As the rumor has it HTC M8 will be powered by the latest Qualcomm chipset (currently the Snapdragon 805) and will come with a bigger, at least 5", screen of QHD resolution (1440x2560px) display. The insider reveals even more details about the M8 - HTC will keep using the UltraPixel technology for its new flagship, though the new camera will feature twin UltraPixel sensors. This should improve the auto-focus, image quality, and depth of field. There is no word on the resolution of the two UltraPixel sensors though, nor more details on their exact manner of operation. If this insider is indeed telling the truth, then HTC will probably announce the One successor at the MWC in Barcelona by the end of February. We already saw various HTC M8 leaks and rumors. Some leaked benchmark results showed the test M8 device was running on Snapdragon 800, while others suggested it won't be called HTC Two, but One+. We guess we'll know soon enough. Source
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