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2014 HTC One (M8)

The HTC One (M8) has a 5″ 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM and microSD slot. It still has its “ultrapixel” 4mp rear camera, but a new depth sensor lets you change focus on images after they’re taken. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Price: $200 w/ contract Continue Reading from the Source

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HTC, Nokia sign patent agreement

HTC and Nokia

Android handset manufacturer ran afoul of courts in 2013, will make payments to Nokia

HTC and Nokia today announced that they’ve reached an agreement on disputed patents and “explore future technology collaboration opportunities.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but HTC will make payments to Nokia, according to today’s news release. All lawsuits between the two companies have been dismissed.

The April 2013, HTC found itself in violation of a microphone technology that was exclusive to Nokia devices. In December, a UK court ruled that the HTC One Mini could not be sold, but that ban was stayed pending appeal. In December, a German court banned the HTC One over patent issues. There have been other rulings as well.

We’ve got the full text of HTC’s release after the break.

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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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HTC: A wearable device will be here by the Christmas season


Consumer-centric problems with battery and LCD tech “solved” after years of development

In an interview with Bloomberg News, part of HTC’s leadership team — Chief financial officer and head of global sales Chang Chialin, and chairwoman Cher Wang — seems pretty bullish in HTC’s future. They discuss the decline of the popular OEM throughout 2012 and 2013, and more importantly, what they think it will take to bounce back.

Much of the interview was about marketing, and the importance it may play in HTC’s future. Wang tells us that marketing was never really important at HTC, and this mistake may be part of the reason the HTC One — one of the years most well-received smartphones — was unable to boost revenue and pull HTC out of their slump.

That’s all well and good, and we’re sure HTC has some sort of strategy to get ore people aware of their products. What was most interesting to us, was charwoman Wang on wearables:

A wearable device will be available by this year’s Christmas shopping season after years of development and technical challenges.

Many years ago we started looking at smartwatches and wearables, but we believe that we really have to solve the battery problems and the LCD light problems. These are customer-centric problems.

We’re ready for an HTC smartwatch or other wearable, if only to keep other OEMs on their toes. We also have the feeling HTC will try to offer a premium design, and maybe even put a little style into wearable computing. Or maybe just Iron Man.

We’ll keep crawling around the net for more info on this one, and hopefully we don’t have to wait until Christmas to learn more.

Source: Bloomberg


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First HTC M8 photo shows dual rear cameras


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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Canadian HTC One receiving Android 4.4.2 update


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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