HTC One users shouldn’t have to go without the latest version of Android for too much longer. Engadget reports that HTC is still planning to upgrade its flagship smartphone to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean at some point, although the site says that “users may need to wait a little longer before it becomes available” for download. The HTC One originally shipped with Android 4.1.2 when it launched this past spring, although HTC vowed that users would be able to upgrade to version 4.2.2 at an undetermined time. Given how quiet HTC has been about the upgrade lately, it’s good to hear that the company still plans on making it happen if we don’t have any idea of when it might occur.
Industry watchers began talking about an imminent slow-down in the high-end smartphone market back in 2011, but 2012 was still a huge year for pricy smartphones with cutting-edge specs. According to market research firm Berg Insight, sales of high-end smartphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung with retail prices above €400 before subsidies grew to 250 million units in 2012, up from 150 million in 2011. Of those, Berg says 40 million smartphones were flagship phones powered by cutting-edge quad-core processors. More →
Two former HTC executives have big plans after having quit HTC earlier this year. Michael Coombes, former head of U.K. and Ireland sales for HTC, and James Atkins, the company’s U.K. marketing chief, announced on Monday that they are launching a startup smartphone company called Kazam that looks to deliver devices with “stunning design, robust hardware and intuitive technology, underpinned with improved customer service.” The executives left HTC as part of a mass exodus in March. Coombes will serve as Kazam’s chief executive, while Atkins will lead the marketing division. More →
While the HTC One may not be posting Apple or Samsung-type sales, it seems to be settling in as the third-most popular smartphone in the United States. Barron’s reports that R.W. Baird analyst William Power has found that “the HTC One continues to be noted frequently as the third-best-selling device behind the iPhone and S4″ on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Power’s report is just the latest indicating that HTC’s flagship smartphone has been a reasonably strong seller so far, as a report released earlier this month estimated that HTC is selling around 1.2 million units of the device per month and sales of the device could pick up even more when it comes to Verizon in the coming weeks.
It has been widely reported that HTC is planning to launch a scaled-down version of its flagship HTC One smartphone. Engadget on Wednesday posted an image of what it claims is the HTC One mini next to the full-sized One smartphone. The website confirmed that the handset will be equipped with a smaller 4.3-inch 720p display, a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor and an Ultrapixel rear camera. Like HTC’s larger smartphone, which BGR called one the best designed Android devices of all time, the mini will feature an all-metal body, front-facing speakers and run Sense 5 atop Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Bloomberg reported earlier this week that the HTC One mini will be available in the U.S. in August.
HTC came out of the gate swinging with its latest flagship smartphone. The HTC One has been well received by consumers and critics, recently racking up sales of 5 million units. HTC reported that revenue in May grew 48% sequentially as the HTC One helped sales reach their highest level in 11 months. In fact, Kevin Chang of Citigroup Global Markets believes that the HTC One accounted for half of the company’s sales, the Taipei Times reported. He estimates that shipments may have doubled from April to reach 1.2 million units. Sales of the smartphone are not expected to improve again this month, however. The analyst believes that shipments of the HTC One may have peaked and because sales of other models remain weak, and he notes that the company’s revenue is likely to be flat in June.
BGR reviewed the HTC One in April and called it the closest thing the world has ever seen to a no-compromise smartphone. Among our minor quibbles was the fact that the phone is definitely on the larger side of manageable, though this is certainly a highlight for many phablet-obsessed users. If you’re like us and would have preferred that the One be a bit smaller, it looks like HTC is about to launch the perfect Android phone for you. Estonian gadget blog Delfi on Wednesday published photos of the upcoming HTC One mini, and it looks fantastic. More →
HTC is rumored to be following Samsung’s lead and offering a scaled-down version of its flagship smartphone. The latest rumors suggest the HTC One mini, previously codenamed M4, will be equipped with a 4.3-inch 720p display, a dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera and Sense 5 atop Android 4.2. According to Digitimes, the smartphone will enter volume production in July and launch shortly thereafter. The website also reiterated earlier reports that HTC is developing a phablet, codenamed T6, with a 5.9-inch full HD display and a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Both the HTC One mini and T6 are expected to feature metal cases with front-facing speakers, similar to the HTC One. BGR recently reviewed HTC’s flagship smartphone and called it the most impressive Android smartphone ever built.
HTC has lost a lot of high-level executives this year, including former chief product officer Kouji Kodera, former vice president of global communications Jason Gordon, former global retail marketing manager Rebecca Rowland and former director of digital marketing John Starkweather. And now Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the company has just seen its highest level resignation yet as chief operating officer Matthew Costello has stepped down from his post, although the company says he will “stay on as an executive adviser after moving to Europe.” More →
Google and HTC on Thursday announced a new version of the HTC One that runs a clean version of Android without any added overlays. The smartphone will be available on June 26th for $599 through Google Play, alongside a variety of Nexus devices and the Google Edition of the Galaxy S4. HTC isn’t looking to burn bridges with early adopters, however. The company confirmed to The Verge that it is currently “examining the best way to support early adopters of the One” who may prefer stock Android over Sense. The Verge speculates that HTC could release an update to remove the Sense user interface in the form of a stock Android ROM, however no specific details were given.
Windows RT has for a while been the awkward third wheel of the Windows family and consumers have so far avoided buying devices based on the tablet-centric operating system. Now unnamed sources tell Bloomberg that weak demand has forced HTC to cancel its plans to produce a larger Surface-sized Windows RT tablet, although the company still plans to make a smaller 7-inch Windows RT tablet that it can sell at a lower price. Bloomberg’s sources say that HTC executives got spooked about producing a larger Windows tablet after Microsoft’s own Surface RT tablet posted disappointing sales. Given HTC’s struggles over the past year and given the fact that its Facebook-centric HTC First smartphone already looks like the biggest tech dud of 2013, it’s not surprising that the company is taking a more cautious approach to where it’s investing its resources.
Now that HTC has perhaps regained some confidence with the launch of its critically acclaimed HTC One smartphone, the company is reportedly moving more aggressively into Samsung’s territory by releasing its very own phablet. According to Evleaks, who has been accurate with mobile rumors in the past, HTC is preparing to launch a smartphone that’s currently code-named T6 and that features a 5.9-inch full HD 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and an ultrapixel rear camera. More →
While speaking on stage at the D11 conference in San Francisco, Google’s Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai confirmed that HTC will soon launch a new version of the HTC One that features a stock build of Android. The handset will be available unlocked for $599 beginning June 26th just like the stock edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S4, and it will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks, including 4G LTE support. The new One will initially only be available in the U.S., and it will ship with 32GB of internal storage.