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HTC One A9 Hands-On Preview

HTC One A9 hands-on: We wish HTC created a better phone, not an iPhone

By on October 20, 2015 at 12:15 PM.

HTC One A9 hands-on: We wish HTC created a better phone, not an iPhone

The last thing that I wanted to do was confirm that HTC’s newest phone looks exactly like an iPhone 6. But after spending some hands-on time with the device last week, I’m finding it impossible to see anything else when I look at it.

The protruding camera, the antenna lines, the aluminum housing — HTC says that it’s taking back a design that it pioneered, but everyone else is going to shout “copycat.” It’s a shame, too, because the HTC One A9 is not a bad phone. More →

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HTC Event Live Stream

Watch live as HTC unveils the phone everyone is calling an iPhone copy

By on October 20, 2015 at 11:51 AM.

Watch live as HTC unveils the phone everyone is calling an iPhone copy

Plenty of pundits claim that Samsung rose to the top of the smartphone industry in part because it copied Apple’s iPhone line. It’s hard to argue with evidence like a top-secret 132-page document Samsung made to show its engineers how to copy the iPhone pixel by pixel. HTC is having a tough time keeping pace with its rivals and now that the company finds itself in a very difficult position — shipments are still sinking and its 2015 flagship phone didn’t help at all — it looks like the Taiwan-based vendor is going to take a page out of Samsung’s book… by taking a page out of Apple’s book. More →

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HTC Aero Vs iPhone 6

HTC’s shameless iPhone ripoff shown in leaked pictures

By on September 24, 2015 at 12:09 PM.

HTC’s shameless iPhone ripoff shown in leaked pictures

Things are not going well right now for HTC, which makes what are indisputably some of the best smartphones in the world. The company’s problem — apart from the fact that it thought releasing a flagship phone that’s barely an update from last year’s model was a good idea mid-tailspin — is that it simply doesn’t have the size or marketing budget to battle Samsung in the Android market.

However, it looks like things are about to take an interesting turn: Just as Samsung ripped off Apple’s iPhone to aid in its climb to the top (remember that damning 132-page internal report on how to copy the iPhone pixel by pixel?), it appears as though HTC is preparing to follow suit as it struggles to regain its footing in the smartphone market it once briefly led. More →

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HTC Aero Photos

Just in time for the iPhone 6s, leaked photos appear to show HTC’s blatant iPhone 6 ripoff

By on August 25, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

Just in time for the iPhone 6s, leaked photos appear to show HTC’s blatant iPhone 6 ripoff

If you thought companies like Samsung and Xiaomi were shameless with their iPhone ripoffs, wait until you see what HTC has been cooking up behind closed doors. Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but newly leaked photos appear to HTC’s new flagship smartphone for the second half of 2015… and by the looks of things, it’s basically an iPhone 6 that runs Android.

And once again, we have to ask… why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple?
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HTC O2 Rumors Specs Feature

HTC’s next big flagship phone has crazy specs and a wild new name

By on August 19, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

HTC’s next big flagship phone has crazy specs and a wild new name

HTC is probably fully aware that it lost the battle with Samsung this year, as the HTC One M9 failed to impress buyers in a manner similar to the Galaxy S6 family. Now, a new report indicates that the Taiwanese company is already working on a powerful new flagship device, a phablet that will sport high-end specs and a crazy new name. More →

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HTC Earnings Worst Loss Ever

HTC’s downward spiral accelerates

By on August 7, 2015 at 7:35 AM.

HTC’s downward spiral accelerates

Say a prayer for HTC — it’s entered the same black hole that once consumed BlackBerry and Nokia. Per The Guardian, HTC last quarter suffered a net loss of Tw$8 billion (USD$253), the company’s biggest net loss ever. The company’s smartphone business is getting hammered by low-cost competitors such as Xiaomi and now it’s apparently pinning its hopes for a turnaround on its HTC Vive virtual reality headset. More →

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HTC One M8 M9 Notification Ads Disable

Why is HTC trying to drive away its remaining loyal customers?

By on August 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Why is HTC trying to drive away its remaining loyal customers?

There are times when I feel bad about bashing HTC. The company makes some terrific hardware and is filled with smart and talented people who have a passion for designing great products. However, HTC’s latest move to spam users with advertisements in their notifications center is something that is so self-destructive that the company needs to be told that it’s a bad idea. More →

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HTC Desire Smartphones

Meet the new Desire line: HTC’s secret weapon against other budget smartphones

By on July 15, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

Meet the new Desire line: HTC’s secret weapon against other budget smartphones

On Wednesday, HTC announced that it will be bringing four new models within its affordable Desire line of smartphones to the United States. The Desire 520, Desire 526, Desire 626 and Desire 626s will be coming to market later this year with quad-core Snapdragon 210 processors, LTE connectivity, Android L and designs to rival flagship devices. More →

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HTC 2015 Sales Earnings Disaster

2015 has been absolutely gruesome for HTC

By on July 9, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

2015 has been absolutely gruesome for HTC

HTC is in a lot of trouble, and that’s putting it mildly. Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo has done a thorough rundown of why 2015 has been a total disaster for HTC, which wasn’t exactly crushing it in 2014 either. Nonetheless, 2015 represents a decisive turn downward for the company, which has traditionally won high praise for its top-notch hardware that it’s supported with some of the absolute worst marketing campaigns the world has ever seen. More →

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HTC One M9 Sales Revenue

Things are going poorly for HTC. Very, very poorly

By on June 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

Things are going poorly for HTC. Very, very poorly

Want more proof that the HTC One M9 has been a complete disaster so far? Look no further than HTC’s own monthly revenues for May 2015. In total, HTC hauled in NT$10.8 billion in revenue in May 2015, or about USD$348 million. This was not only a 20.3% decline from the  NT$13.5 billion in revenue the company posted in April, but a stunning 48.5% decline from the NT$21 billion the company reported in May 2014. The fact that these steep declines occurred just a month after HTC released its One M9 flagship phone just makes things look much, much worse for the company, since we don’t expect the sequel to the HTC RE to make up for the massive decline in smartphone sales. More →

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HTC Revenue April 2015

One M9 seemingly no match for Galaxy S6 as HTC sales plummet in April

By on May 5, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

One M9 seemingly no match for Galaxy S6 as HTC sales plummet in April

Launching a new flagship smartphone on the same day Samsung released its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge handsets seemed like a fool’s errand for HTC, and now that the numbers are in, it appears safe to say our assumptions were spot on.

While there’s no question that the HTC One M9 is a fantastic phone, most Android fans didn’t view it as a significant upgrade compared to last year’s One M8. As a result, the new phone hardly provided the sales boost HTC was hoping for, and the company’s revenue plummeted in April. More →

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