With Android 5.0 Lollipop set to release in the near future, many Android fans are now beginning the waiting game to see exactly when their device will received the upgrade. YouMobile has obtained some leaked screenshots that will be of particular interest to Android fans who own either the HTC One (M8) or the HTC One (M7), as they show what HTC’s own Sense 7 interface will look like when you upgrade to Lollipop. More →
The announcement of a new update is always bittersweet for Android users. Android 5.0 Lollipop could be the most significant visual and structural overhaul the mobile operating system has ever seen, but many users won’t have access to it for months. Fortunately, Google has been working to cull fragmentation in the Android ecosystem and it looks like the biggest smartphone vendors are jumping on board. More →
A room full of technology bloggers and journalists laughed when HTC’s associate vice president of industrial design Claude Zellweger uttered the above phrase while introducing HTC’s latest smartphone during a full day of closed-door meetings earlier this week.
“Plastic is nothing to be ashamed of.”
And it is funny, in a bizarre way. During its meteoric rise to the top of the smartphone industry, Samsung has managed to give plastic a bad name. The company’s phones, while durable, feel cheap. All of them. Even Samsung’s first phone to feature metal edges still looks and feels cheap compared to rival devices .
HTC has made plenty of accessories in the past, but it has never really been an “accessory maker.” Similarly, the Taiwan-based smartphone maker has a long and storied history of building terrific software experiences, but it has never been a “software company.” Now, things are changing.
On the heels of the release of its most beautiful and capable smartphone in the company’s history, HTC reported second-quarter revenue that continued to decline. The company’s high-end Desire phones have also been selling well, but HTC’s return to profitability is thanks largely to its cost-cutting efforts over the past few quarters.
Something has to change.
HTC continues to focus mainly on refining its smartphone lineup, but phones will no longer be the only business that matters at HTC. The company is now starting to dabble outside of phones, and is working on some unique apps — including its first stand-alone iOS app, Zoe, which will launch this fall after the Android version exits beta on Wednesday.
Welcome to the new HTC. This company might look like the HTC we’ve known for years, but 2014 marks the start of a major shift for the company that stems from more than just its recent struggles. The smartphone market is changing, and it’s happening faster than anyone expected. New entrants are consuming the low end, Apple and Samsung’s stranglehold on the high end is tightening, and the middle is getting squeezed on both sides.
Amid diminishing revenue and widely publicized cost-cutting efforts, HTC must react. More →
HTC is in the midst of a period of change as it tries to return not just to profitability, but to sustained growth. The one thing that never seems to change, however, is the quality of HTC’s products, which is always class-leading. HTC’s last big smartphone launch brought the world the beautiful all-aluminum HTC One (M8), which was easily the best Android smartphone of the year until Motorola’s new Moto X came along to spoil HTC’s fun.
Will today’s event see HTC retake the throne? More →
October will be a very busy month for Android fans who are looking forward to seeing Google release the final version of Android L alongside the release of the Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 smartphone. Android Police’s founder Artem Russakovskii took to Google+ to post a rumor about the potential launch of various products, including the Nexus 9 and Android L, and he says that both devices could be publicly unveiled on October 15th. More →
Now that Samsung, Motorola, LG and Apple have all made their wearable plans clear, only one major mobile vendor remains: HTC. There have been reports floating around since last winter claiming that HTC would be unveiling a smartwatch of its own before the end of the year, but as recently as last month, sources began to come forward saying that the plans had been scrapped. More →
Rejoice, HTC fans: Your favorite smartphone OEM is about to give you the smartphone camera you’ve been clamoring for. HTC on Monday posted a teaser picture on its Twitter account that seemingly shows off its newest smartphone that will reportedly feature a 13-megapixel camera that will mark a vast improvement over the camera found in its HTC One (M8) flagship phone. More →
Google is expected to launch a high-end 8.9-inch Nexus 9 tablet in the coming weeks, with HTC returning to the Android tablet business after a very long hiatus. Following the many leaks that have already detailed the upcoming tablet, the Nexus 9 has already been spotted at the FCC, suggesting a launch is imminent. Furthermore, a first image showing the rear of the device have been posted online, giving us a first look at the upcoming Nexus tablet. More →
HTC is going to have a big media event next week but, as is often the case these days, the company is having a tough time keeping its surprises under wraps. Twitter smartphone leaker @Upleaks on Friday posted specs for HTC’s upcoming smartphone that will either be called the HTC One (M8) Eye or the HTC Desire Eye and it looks like the device will have more to offer than just a vastly improved 13-megapixel camera. More →
HTC on Friday announced unaudited financial results that showed an 8% decline in revenue in September, but the company still managed to eke a third-quarter profit as cost-cutting measures continue to boost HTC’s bottom line. After a massive 33% on-year revenue decline in July was reversed with solid 10% sales growth in August, September saw HTC swing back to a decline as revenue fell to NT$16.7 billion ($549 million USD) from NT$18.2 billion in the same quarter last year.
HTC’s total third-quarter revenue fell 11% on year to NT$41.9 billion. More →
Whether it’s running on Android or Windows Phone software, the HTC One (M8) is one of the best smartphones currently on the market. It’s sleek, it’s powerful and it looks great, but it has one major issue: the camera just isn’t up to snuff. It might look the part, but the UltraPixel camera doesn’t stack up against most flagship devices. That’s where the One (M8 Eye) comes in. More →