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  1. After being caught paying for false praise and negative comments about competitors, Samsung has been fined just over $340,000. The issue first arose internationally in April, when Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) announced it was opening an investigation into the allegations. That investigation found the allegations were true: the FTC says Samsung used a "large number of hired writers and designated employees" to post in Taiwanese forums. The commission does add that the company did this through a third-party marketing company, just as Samsung originally claimed. Two local marketing firms were fined a combined total of over $100,000 for their part in the marketing ploy. When news first broke of Samsung's behavior, HTC was presented as the victim of a campaign of defamation from the Korean company's army of commenters, but the FTC's report into the matter doesn't mention the Taiwanese company by name. Instead, it only notes that the company paid people to "highlight the shortcomings of competing products." The commission did dig up a lot more nefarious activity related to Samsung's commenters, though. The list of infractions includes the "disinfection of negative news about Samsung products," "palindromic Samsung product marketing," and the positive evaluation of Samsung products. Both individually and collectively, these types of covert marketing are known in the industry as "astroturfing." While Samsung is by no means the first company to engage in astroturfing, it's been caught in the act twice this year alone. In relation to a later case, Samsung told The Verge that it remains "committed to engaging in transparent and honest communications with consumers." : - source - :
  2. The latest leaked press image of HTC’s upcoming All New One shows the device wearing a nicely-looking flip cover case. The photo appeared on Twitter, courtesy of @evleaks. As you can see above, the flip cover will allow users to neatly view relevant information such as time and current weather while closed. We have seen similar setup from LG and Alcatel recently. The leaked flip cover is not the only official case for the device to leak out. A couple of weeks back, @evleaks posted an press photo of the smartphone wearing a rugged case. Alongside the image, the famous tipster claims that the upcoming HTC M8 will arrive in a Google Play Edition guise as well. This is hardly a surprise as the original HTC One was among the first devices to get such treatment. The All New HTC One will be officially revealed this month, on March 25. The handset has made a number of unscheduled appearances which include press images in different colors and carrier branding, hands-on video, and benchmarks. Source
  3. We already know that HTC will officially announce its next-generation flagship Android smartphone on March 25. But when will the handset be available to purchase? Well, we don’t have any confirmation on this yet, but we are hearing that the All New HTC One could be available starting early April. According to Russian-based website HTCFamily, the upcoming smartphone “is launching two weeks after” March 25. If this is true, we should see the new HTC One in stores starting April 8 - only a few days before Samsung launches its Galaxy S5 flagship. HTCFamily was one of the first websites to reveal accurate photos of the All New HTC One, so it appears to be a reliable source. This, however, doesn’t make its claim a solid fact. It’s still a rumor. HTC teased the new One several times until now, confirming that it would have a metal body, dual-sensor rear camera, and enhanced audio capabilities. We saw a few press renders of the upcoming smartphone (see here, here and here), plus a lengthy video showing it next to the 2013 HTC One. HTCFamily says that the All New One will be available in 110 countries around the world. Well, we’re waiting for HTC to confirm all this. Source
  4. HTC unveiled the Desire 310 earlier this year – an affordable dual-SIM phone. Exact price and launch date weren’t known until now, but HTC filled in the blanks – the Desire 310 will cost €160 and launch on April 10. The phone is an alternative to the Moto G – its 4.5" screen has only FWVGA resolution (that's 480 x 854), but there are advantages like 1080p video from the 5MP camera and expandable storage. Note that the Moto G has a dual-SIM version too. The phone will be available in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland (that we know of so far). The price for Germany is €160, while in the Netherlands it's €170. The Swiss price is CHF 180 (€150). Source
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. It’s a tricky one as always with Android. Google claimed it has made huge optimizations to the platform and its core apps so even devices with 512MB of RAM (the overwhelming majority of Androids across the world are actually low-end devices with 512MB of RAM) can have a good, smooth Android experience. The new Android 4.4 KitKat however still seems to be coming first and only to the top-shelf devices.Here is a list of phones we know will get the update.We have added a timeframe for that update.The information comes straight from the manufacturer, so it is official. HTCHTC One (including carrier models) – By end-JanuaryHTC One mini - Within 90 daysHTC One max - Within 90 daysHTC One Google Play Edition – rolling out nowHTC Droid DNA - by end of Q1 2014 LGLG G2 - by end of Q1 2014 (*update is already seeding early for Korean LG G2)MotorolaDROID UltraDROID MaxxDROID MiniDROID RAZR M (including Dev Edition)DROID RAZR HD (including Dev Edition)DROID RAZR MAXX HDAtrix HDElectrify MMoto X - Update is now availableMoto G - will launch in the U.S. with Android 4.4 on board, update already rolling out for other versionsNexusNexus 4 – Update is now availableNexus 7 – Update is now available (arrived in early November)Nexus 10 – Update is now available (arrived in early November)SamsungGalaxy S4 Google Play Edition – *Update is now availableGalaxy S4 - January 2014*Galaxy Note 3 - rolling out now in select European countries (January 2014*)Galaxy S III - March/April 2014*Galaxy Note II - March/April 2014*SonySony Xperia Z1 / Z Ultra - end of January / early February (*rumoSony Xperia Z, ZL, Tablet Z - no timeframeSony Xperia SP - no timeframeSony Xperia ZR, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V - investigating update possibilitySource
  10. @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
  11. HTC is planning a smartwatch for the second half of 2014, according to an anonymously sourced report from Bloomberg News. The product is said to have a camera and run Android, but details such as pricing and other functionality are yet to be ironed out. Companies such as Sony and Samsung have already produced smartwatches running Android, and Apple is rumored to be working on a similar product. Earlier this week CEO Peter Chou and chairwoman Cher Wang alluded to HTC's intentions to enter the wearable technology market, calling it a "critical segment" for the company. “It’s still too early,” said Chou of current efforts in the space. “It has to meet a need, otherwise if it’s just a gimmick or concept, it’s not for people’s day-to-day lives. That is an opportunity for us.” source
  12. 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
  13. HTC will hold a media event in China in less than a week on November 27th to unveil its new Desire series smartphones. HTC has sent out press invites for the event and from what we can tell you should expect to see mid-range devices for the Asian markets and not really something for Western store shelves. In the invitation, HTC promises the new Desire smartphones to be colorful and that’s one promise that would bring it closer to devices by Nokia and recently Apple. The rest is up to your imagination. The mid-range segment of smartphones has in the last couple of years been less exciting than the high-end which gets all the innovation, but with the launch of the affordable Moto G Motorola has definitely stirred that pot offering unprecedented (outside of China) value for the money. We can only hope HTC follows that path. Source
  14. 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
  15. The HTC M8 aka One 2 is fast approaching, likely to be released as soon as next month. The latest specs roundup includes a 5" display with 1080 x 1920 resolution, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, and 2 GB of RAM. The back should be seeing some dual-lens camera tricks and a wide-angle front one should be pegged at 5 MP this time around. These are not the only beauties of it, it seems, as it is highly likely to run Android 4.4.2 KitKat from the box, with a new Sense 6.0 tacked on. We are now getting the first real-life photo of the new BlinkFeed - HTC's RSS and social feeds aggregator - which shows some much different visuals than what we are used to with Sense 5.5, as currently found on the HTC One and the gang. The handset used here is tipped to be a dummy box, utilizing the One's chassis anyway. so it might not be indicative for the M8's actual front.Categories, and large, flatter icons seem to play a bigger role in the new BlinkFeed, and we can't wait to see it in action on the HTC M8 aka One 2 flagship soon. Moreover, the shot confirms on-screen buttons might indeed be in store with the phone, yet another reason to look forward to the grand unveiling. Source
  16. A couple of newly leaked, alleged photos of the upcoming HTC M8 made the rounds. The duo of images gives us another look at the HTC One successor’s dual-camera setup and on-screen buttons. Despite its far from great quality, the photo of the device’s dual-camera clearly reveals a dual, two-tone LED flash, like the one found in the Apple iPhone 5s. Curiously, the image shows a slightly different camera setup than the previous time we saw it, possibly due to the prototype nature of the leaked devices. The leaked photo of the on-screen buttons on the other hand, shows their setup in both landscape and portrait mode. The image is in line with what we’ve seen already. The HTC M8 is tipped to be unveiled next month in New York City. A mini version is also said to be in the works. Source
  17. HTC has just posted its financial report for Q4 of 2013 showing it made a profit of $10.3 million thanks to selling its remaining stake in Beats Electornics. Take that out and you see a quarterly operating loss of $52.7 million - a second consecutive one after a disappointing Q3. Total revenue for the period was $1.4 billion. The company's Q1 2014 won't be rosy either with its forecast pointing to between $1.12 billion and $1.18 billion in revenue. Nevertheless HTC CEO Peter Chou stays optimistic and emphasized that the company will turn more attention to a solid mid-range family of products in hopes to become more profitable. He stated that HTC will continue to stay focused on making the best smartphone building a compelling mid-range portfolio. His words are backed up by Cher Wang, HTC's co-founder and chairwoman, who earlier said in an interview to Reuters: "The problem with us last year was we only concentrated on our flagship. We missed a huge chunk of the mid-tier market." Source
  18. geeteam

    HTC M8 (One 2) mini specs leak

    We are yet still waiting for the official premiere of the HTC M8 otherwise known as HTC One+, One 2 or simply the next HTC flagship. However, this hasn’t stopped the first rumors of a mini version from coming in and today we get to learn its key specs. The leak is coming from the popular evleaks twitter account, which has proven reliable on multiple occasions in the past. The HTC M8 mini will allegedly run on Android 4.4 KitKat, coupled with the proprietary Sense 6.0 launcher. And while that wasn’t too hard to guess, the Snapdragon 400 chipset inside is somewhat surprising. If the rumor pans out the next HTC mini will have a chipset from the exact same family as the current one. There will be a slight difference though – the two Krait cores will be replaced by a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU running at 1.4GHz. It certainly doesn’t sound too promising though – we were hoping to see more manufacturers follow Sony in releasing powerful compact smartphones. The screen of the HTC M8 mini should measure 4.5” in diagonal (up from 4.3” on the One mini) and will have the same 720p resolution. The RAM will be 1GB, internal storage will be 16GB, only this time it will be expandable via the microSD card slot. HTC M8 mini (mem_ul): SD400 (1.4GHz x4), 4.5", 720p, 1GB/16GB (+microSD), 13MP/5MP, a/b/g/n/ac, BT4.0, KK4.4.2, Sense6.0, buttons on screen — @evleaks (@evleaks) February 8, 2014 On the connectivity end, the M8 mini is said to come with Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0. It will also join the full-size M8 in offering virtual buttons as opposed to dedicated hardware keys. There’s no saying when the new HTC mini might launch, so we guess we’ll have to wait for a while longer before we can say for sure if those specs are indeed the real thing. Source
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Nokia has struggled to get into the US market for years now, but it seems that its hard work is finally starting to pay off. Counterpoint Research reports that in Q3 of this year Nokia leapfrogged several makers to reach the fourth spot among smartphone vendors in the US. This sounds less impressive when you look at the numbers - Nokia holds a smidgen over 4% of the market. But you have to look deeper - in Q2 this year, Nokia was at a 1.4%. It took it almost year to get to that point, in Q3 2012 Nokia barely registered at 0.7%. So in three months Nokia more than doubled its market share and is now ahead of former leaders like Motorola, BlackBerry and HTC. Counterpoint attributes this success to Nokia’s carrier exclusivity strategy, which is finally starting to work. Beyond Nokia, the US smartphone market is very homogeneous - Apple and Samsung are nearly even with a third of the market each. Apple has a 0.1% lead but has barely grown in the last year, while Samsung has gone 10 points up from 26.6% in Q2 2012. The next biggest vendor is LG in third place with 8.6%. source: gsmarena
  22. 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
  23. The HTC M8 (aka One 2, aka One+) is coming soon. Unfortunately, we still don’t know how soon. Until the Taiwanese company decides to finally unveil its next-generation flagship smartphone, @evleaks today posted what seems to be the first screenshot of the new handset’s UI. As previously reported, the HTC M8 is supposed to run Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0 UI - and it appears that what we’re having here is indeed Sense 6.0. It doesn’t look too different from the current Sense 5.5 UI, but there is a big change: it has on-screen buttons (just as rumored). We’re expecting the HTC M8 to feature a 1080 x 1920 pixels display of around 5 inches, a twin-sensor camera on the back, a 5MP front-facing camera, quad-core Snapdragon processor, and 2GB or 3GB of RAM. It’s said that HTC would officially announce the M8 in late March in New York City. Like the first-gen HTC One, the new flagship should be offered in multiple color versions. Moreover, mini and a dual SIM variants are also expected to arrive at some point. Source
  24. Taiwanese media is a buzz with speculation that HTC has won the bid for a Google Nexus tablet coming in Q3. Nexus One was made by HTC, and given the increasing rumors that Google might nix the line, it could be giving HTC a shot at the wind-down editions, too. The supposedly "high-end" tablet by HTC was neither confirmed nor denied by the company, which sent out the usual boilerplate reply that it doesn't comment on market rumors. HTC didn't have much success with its Flyer and Jetstream tablet efforts back in the day, which had a fine design, but essentially priced themselves out of the market. Google let 2013 pass without releasing any flagship 10-incher, and if the rumor pans out, it might mean that Android will meet 2014 with a renewed focus on tablets, which is arguably the weak point of the mobile OS at the moment. Source
  25. The regional director of HTC for the Benelux region, Mark Moons, tweeted that the leaked photos of the HTC M8 (One's successor) were fakes created in Photoshop. It's not clear if he's referring to the ones that show the back or the front, but probably both. HTC doesn’t normally address rumors (just like most companies), so to call this out it must really be a fake. That's not to say that whoever shopped this didn’t get close to the actual appearance of the HTC M8 and Moons doesn’t discredit the rumored specs that came with them. Somebody has been photo shopping... - Mark Moons (@markmoons) February 5, 2014 The latest rumors are that the next HTC flagship will be unveiled in March, but maybe another excited HTC exec can show off the device before it's official. Source
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