After giving us a teaser about the HTC One M10 earlier this week, Evan Blass is back with a full report at VentureBeat that gives us a lot more details on HTC’s upcoming flagship handset. Among other things, Blass says that this will be the first flagship HTC phone that will come with an embedded fingerprint scanner and it will also have a home button that’s reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy S6. More →
HTC is in really bad shape right now but Google could potentially throw it a lifeline. Via Droid Life, a new rumor posted on Weibo claims that Google is going to have HTC produce not just one, but two new Nexus devices this year. The rumor only states that HTC will make a device with a 5-inch display and a device with a 5.5-inch display and it doesn’t reveal any additional specs. All the same, it’s safe to assume both new devices will run on the next version of Android that will be unveiled at Google I/O this year. More →
Armed with little more than a fitness band, a well-made iPhone app, a pair of sneakers and some will power, I lost 50 lbs in three months last winter. I have gone on to lose even more weight since then, inching ever closer to my goal, though my approach changed a bit as I mentioned in my earlier article. While there is little doubt in my mind that Jawbone’s fitness tracker and app combo played a huge role in my success, in the back of my mind I knew that there had to be a better way.
Now I’ve experienced a better way and I’m not sure I can ever go back. More →
Samsung skyrocketed to the top of the smartphone industry thanks in large part to two major strategic shifts. First, it spent tens of billions of dollars to market and advertise its devices. Second, it re-engineered its smartphone hardware and software to more closely resemble Apple’s iPhone. Some have tried to rewrite history a bit, but anyone who watched Samsung’s products evolve knows that there’s not much to be said in the way of rational arguments to the contrary.
Well, HTC doesn’t have tens of billions of dollars to dump into marketing and advertising. But as the company continues the struggle to regain its footing in an increasingly competitive industry, HTC has turned to the iPhone for help. More →
HTC’s latest smartphone has given the struggling device maker a nice sales bump, driving revenue to a six-month high and bringing the company a much-needed win amid a string of losses. But the most interesting thing about HTC’s November numbers isn’t the sudden reversal, it’s the phone responsible for that reversal — the HTC One A9, which you’ll recall is a blatant copy of Apple’s latest iPhone.
It looks like Android fans really do want a clone of Apple’s iPhone. More →
It’s actually been a reasonably decent year for ads, as there hasn’t been anything as godawful as 2013’s creepy Galaxy Gear ad or Sprint’s tragicomic Framily ad campaign. That said, there were definitely some major advertising clunkers in 2015, highlighted by some subpar efforts from McDonald’s, HTC and (of course) Sprint. More →
HTC has seemingly gone to a dark place as it looks to reverse what has now become a years-long downward sales trend. Ahead of the launch of its latest smartphone, the HTC One A9, a series of leaks made it appear as though the phone would be the most shameless iPhone copy the world had ever seen. Then HTC officially unveiled the phone and the leaks were confirmed: the HTC One A9 indeed turned out to be an iPhone copy so shameless that it would even make Samsung blush.
An executive at HTC went on record to deny that the A9 is an iPhone copy, but we all know the truth. And now, building on my theory that HTC is actually just trolling us all, the company has copied an iconic Apple commercial to advertise its iPhone copy. More →
Oh, HTC. Ever since a series of leaks revealed the company’s new HTC One A9 smartphone, just about everyone who’s seen the new handset has said the same thing: it’s an iPhone 6 clone. A picture is worth a thousand words and just look at the photo above — both of those sleek smartphones were designed by Apple, but only one of them was actually made by Apple.
There are some big-time HTC fans who have come to the company’s defense, but now HTC has decided to speak for itself as one brave executive swallowed his pride to defend his company’s new smartphone. More →
There are so many things that HTC used to be so good at, but several of the company’s strengths have become weaknesses in recent years. I’m not just talking about selling phones, though that task has indeed become increasingly difficult for HTC as Apple and Samsung apply global pressure at the top and no-name Chinese vendors eat up the bottom and middle of the Eastern market. I’m talking about hardware and software design, which could once both be counted among HTC’s strong suits.
The HTC One M7 and M8 were fantastic phones, and reaching back even further, HTC’s Windows Mobile phones and its early Android phones were often ahead of their time and a cut above rival handsets. With the One M9, HTC had a lapse in judgement at the worst possible time, and while the new HTC One A9 does sport a terrific design it isn’t HTC’s design, it’s Apple’s.
Since I first saw the phone in a series of leaks, I found myself reminiscing about HTC phones of old and it got me thinking: HTC just copied the iPhone 6/6s, but there are a few things about HTC’s handsets that I really wish Apple would copy on the iPhone. More →
Android fans can be very fickle. While Apple fans dutifully line up every year or two to buy the newest iPhone, many hardcore Android fans are only loyal to the company that’s producing the best phone right now. Two years ago, HTC was the darling of these fans because its HTC One M7 was simply a beautiful premium phone that came out at a time when Samsung was still releasing devices marred by cheap-feeling plastic. Even one year ago, HTC was still in many Android fans’ good graces because the One M8 was a significant improvement over the M7 and was one of the very best smartphones to come out last year.
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 →
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 →
Samsung created a top secret 132-page document to show its engineers how to copy the iPhone pixel by pixel, and the company still never managed to pull off anything that was anywhere near as shameless as the iPhone ripoff HTC is about to unveil. Seriously… just look at this thing. More →