After a report detailed some of the specs of HTC’s One (M8) successor, so far referred to as the HTC One (M9), a leaker who posted accurate information about unreleased HTC devices in the past has now shared more details about what looks like a new monster Android handset coming from the Taiwanese handset maker in the next few months. More →
I was a big fan of the Nexus 9 tablet when I reviewed it back in November. In fact, I said that unless you need the awesome productivity features afforded by the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Nexus 9 is likely the only Android tablet you should consider buying.
At the time, I also briefly mentioned a nifty optional accessory called the Keyboard Folio. It was only mentioned briefly because it wasn’t available back in November, but now Google has sent a unit to me for review and I was finally able to spend a significant amount of time with it.
This year’s One (M8) Android phone from HTC is easily the most beautiful smartphone of 2014. The design is incredible and the all-aluminum build is unmatched. Apple’s iPhones are typically the most sleek smartphones each year by a wide margin, but ugly antenna lines and a peculiar protruding camera lens marred an otherwise fantastic design this year.
Turning our attention to 2015, it’s probably safe to say that the upcoming HTC One (M9) will be among the most beautiful phones on the planet yet again next year. Of course, it’s amazing what you can accomplish when pesky things like physics and the cost of materials aren’t standing in your way, and a new HTC One (M9) concept shows us the Android smartphone we have all been dying for. More →
HTC announced last week that it will be offering huge limited-time sales every Tuesday for nine weeks, and it started things off with a huge sale that offered up to half off on the just-released Nexus 9 tablet from Google and HTC. Now, the company is back with its second big sale, and the discounts are even deeper — but there’s a huge caveat. More →
Great news for anyone who bought the HTC One (M8) or the One (M7): You now have a timeline for when you can expect to get it upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop. HTC revealed on Monday night that it had received the Lollipop code from Google and it vowed to get both of its last two flagship devices upgraded to the new software within the next 90 days. More →
BGR reviewed the brand new Nexus 9 tablet on Monday and we didn’t beat around the bush. While we recommend you read the full review for a closer look at the good and bad aspects of Google’s new Nexus 9, we basically called it the best Android on the market for a number of key reasons. Google and HTC did a tremendous job of building a premium tablet with solid materials, great specs and the perfect size to make it both portable but still great for watching videos and being productive.
And now, despite the fact that the Nexus 9 was released just yesterday, you can already buy a brand new one for just $199 — which is an incredible half off the tablet’s regular price. More →
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 →