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Now Available: 2014 HTC One

HTC’s newly-revamped One is a flagship phone with some nice updates to its already sleek design. It’s also a brainy barnstormer with some crazy cool camera tech that could be the future of mobile photography . It’s available now for $200 on-contract from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon (sorry T-Mobile, yours won’t arrive til April). Or [...]

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Purported HTC ‘M8′ homescreen surfaces with a refined look

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Familiar colors and icons with on-screen buttons and a dash of transparency

With a successor to the HTC One on the horizon, we may be looking at our first leak of the purported HTC M8′s software. While we only have a single homescreen look to go off of, the first thing that strikes us are the on-screen navigation buttons, giving us a pretty good idea that HTC has scrapped the two-button capacitive setup.

Beyond that, this really looks like a refined version of Sense, with lots of transparency and color dominating the look of the screen. Icons look basically unchanged from the current crop in Sense 5.5, but as we know this could all change. But if this really does turn out to be the new version of Sense on the HTC M8, we can say we wouldn’t be upset.

Source: @evleaks

    



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Verizon HTC One KitKat update already hitting phones

Verizon HTC One update

Apparently ‘shortly’ was more like ‘immediately’ for this update

Coming just hours after HTC announced that the KitKat update for Verizon HTC Ones was on the way “shortly,” folks have already started seeing the update notification on their phones. The whopping 617MB update brings the HTC One up to Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5, which brings a nice set of tweaks and improvements.

After the update you’ll notice small visual changes to the way BlinkFeed works, as well as redesigns in the settings, Gallery, Music app and lockscreen. You’ll also receive the improvements in KitKat, including Immersive Mode and other behind-the-scenes features. There are also a few Verizon device-specific changes here, including improvements to low light photography and power management.

If you weren’t already hitting “check now” in the settings on your Verizon HTC One, you really should now.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, iLLusive!

    



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Verizon HTC One getting KitKat update ‘shortly’

Verizon HTC One

Andorid 4.4 + Sense 5.5 update receives technical approval, OTA expected soon

Mo Versi, HTC’s Executive Director of Product Management, sends word that the Verizon HTC One should start receiving its Android 4.4 KitKat and HTC Sense 5.5 update “shortly.” In a tweet, Versi reveals that the update has passed technical approval, the final hurdle before over-the-air updates can begin being pushed out.

Verizon’s HTC One should be the second U.S. carrier variant to get KitKat after Sprint launched the update late last week. Elsewhere, the update is live in Canada and Europe, as well as U.S. Developer Editions.

So, Verizon HTC One owners, now’s the time to start checking for updates!

Source: @moversi

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First HTC M8 photo shows dual rear cameras

HTC M8

Leaked image reveals design similar to last year’s HTC One

Rumors have been circulating for some time surrounding HTC’s next flagship phone, the successor to the almost year-old HTC One, however until now we’ve yet to see anything concrete of the hardware of the purported “HTC M8.” Today we’re getting what’s very likely our first look at HTC’s next flagship phone, courtesy of an image posted on Twitter by Russian site HTCFamily.ru. The shot above shows a design very similar to last year’s HTC One, the M7, with a one major, intriguing difference — dual rear-facing cameras.

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KitKat for Sprint’s HTC One now available

HTC One

Customers can initiate pull request today soon

Updated update: Things are good. Go download your update. Someone forgot to factor the time Google needs to get the file itself on the servers, and things backed up 12 hours.

Update: Looks like someone jumped the gun, as the Sprint admin who posted about the update has walked things back a bit, adding that “this software update is on hold and should be pushed to production very soon. Apologize for the inconvenience.” More likely is that it just wasn’t meant to be made public yet. Either way, hang tight. We should see this soon.

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Sprint has given word that customers with an HTC One can now pull down the Android 4.4 KitKat and HTC Sense 5.5 update directly to their phones starting today. Nothing official for a change log was given, but it should be the same exact KitKat and Sense 5.5 update that has been on the unlocked and European phones for a bit, and that Canada just started getting this morning.

HTC already gave us a heads-up that they could miss their self-imposed 90-day turn around time to get KitKat out to customers with a One, but it looks like Sprint isn’t making that one true for their customers.

If you’re the impatient type — and you know you are — fire up your settings and check for your KitKat update. Hop in the comments when you get it, and be sure to hit the forums to share your thoughts and experiences.

Source: Sprint. Thanks, Krazik!

    



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Canadian HTC One receiving Android 4.4.2 update

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KitKat update reportedly rolling out on Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Virgin, SaskTel, Wind

HTC One owners in the U.S. might have another week or two to wait for their KitKat update, but it seems there’s no such delay for their northern neighbors. MobileSyrup reports that an update weighing a little under 600MB is rolling out now to Canadian HTC Ones on Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Virgin, SaskTel and Wind, bringing devices up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and HTC Sense 5.5

If you’ve got an HTC One in Canada, now’s the time to head to Settings > About phone > Software update and check for that OTA. Earlier this week HTC America president Jason Mackenzie said the company expected to narrowly miss its self-imposed target of getting KitKat onto phones in the U.S. and Canada within 90 days of the code drop, however it seems Canada has just managed to make that deadline. HTC’s updates site still shows the U.S. HTC One update as being in certification with the carriers.

Elsewhere, HTC started pushing out Android 4.4.2 to the HTC One in some European countries a few days ago.

Source: MobileSyrup

    



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HTC One will miss deadline for Android 4.4 KitKat in U.S., Canada

AT&T HTC One

Another week or two needed to get things done, exec says

A quick heads up for those of you (and us) who are rocking the HTC One in the United States and Canada. HTC’s Jason MacKenzie today announced that the phone won’t quite get its Android 4.4 update by the 90-day deadline the company had placed on itself.

“We won’t miss by much,” MacKenzie wrote, saying that it should just another week or so before the updates are “complete.”

HTC has been pretty transparent in this round of updates, with a new updates site to keep track of where your device is in regards to status, and giving an update on AT&T models this week. But a missed deadline — self-imposed or not — is a missed deadline. So, we’ll continue to wait. Meanwhile, the HTC One has already begun getting its Android 4.4 update in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

MacKenzie’s letter is in its entirety after the break. 

Source: HTC

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Android 4.4.2 rollout for HTC One begins in parts of Europe

HTC One KitKat

308MB update brings HTC’s 2013 flagship up to the latest version of Android

HTC said it’d deliver Android 4.4 KitKat to European HTC Ones by the end of January, and it seems the manufacturer’s about to make good on its promise. An update to software version 4.19.401.8, weighing in at 308.24 megabytes, has started hitting HTC One handsets in parts of Europe — including unlocked devices from the Nordic region, typically among the first with new software updates. If past rollouts are any indication, more regions should follow in the days and weeks ahead, so hold tight if you’re not seeing the OTA on your phone just yet,

In addition to Android 4.4.2, (and unspecified security enhancements) the update adds cloud printing service and Bluetooth profiles — both parts of KitKat we’ve seen on other handsets — while killing support for Adobe Flash in the stock HTC web browser. The latter has been a long time coming — Flash on Android hasn’t been officially supported since mid-2012.

Besides that it’s business as usual on HTC Sense 5.5, with one minor cosmetic change. The battery icon is now white-on-white, like stock KitKat, rather than colored as it was on Jelly Bean. (We’ve got pics after the break.)

Meanwhile the KitKat update for U.S. carrier-branded HTC Ones recently entered certification, a sure sign that it’s on its way too. 

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HTC Ones on US carriers are one step closer to KitKat updates

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Expect software to be certified for all four major carriers next week

HTC USA has just informed us via its Twitter account that the Android 4.4 KitKat update for U.S. carrier versions of the HTC One has “entered carrier labs for final testing.” The tweet claims that we should see the updates certified by the carriers as early as next week.

Referring to HTC’s infographic on the progress of updates for its devices, certification is the third of four stages involved in pushing out an OTA to phones. Once it passes this final level of testing — assuming no issues are found — phones should start receiving the update in short order after that point.

Unlocked and Developer Edition HTC Ones have had KitKat available in the U.S. since the end of November, but as we all know there’s additional testing required when we’re dealing with carrier-customized handsets. With its increased transparency as of late we expect to hear more on the progress next week.

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