It appears that not all HTC One (M8) handsets are created equal, at least in the U.S., where Sprint has apparently scored an exclusive version of the handset that packs Harman/Kardon speakers. The news was tweeted earlier this week by gadget leaker @evleaks and was then confirmed on the xda-developers forums. More →
Hey, remember when HTC went out and snagged Robert Downey, Jr. for what was supposed to be a major $1 billion marketing campaign? And remember how the only thing that came from it were utterly nonsensical ads that barely even made mention of any of HTC’s products? If not, we don’t blame you: It’s something we’d like to forget as well. It’s been months since HTC’s marketing team unleashed the Downey-led Hipster Troll Carwash ads onto the world and now the company is finally back with a new promotion featuring Downey and it might be the single most depressing spot for a smartphone we’ve ever seen. More →
The launch of HTC’s new flagship smartphone was accompanied by some of the most enthusiastic reviews I can recall seeing in recent history. In my own HTC One (M8) review, I called the M8 the best Android phone the world has ever seen. Other reviews from tech sites and newspapers said much of the same — but as far as HTC is concerned, all that praise is for naught if it doesn’t translate into retail momentum.
So it must have been quite troubling for HTC, then, when a report emerged last week suggesting that the One (M8) was off to a very slow start in the United States. The source of the report was questionable, however, and the M8 hadn’t yet been made available in most carrier stores.
Is the M8 really off to a slow start, or has HTC finally struck a chord with consumers?
During an exclusive interview with HTC America president Jason Mackenzie and VP of North America marketing Erin McGee, I sought to answer that question. More →
There is a key aspect of the smartphone experience that is often overlooked by users despite the fact that it has a huge impact on the user experience. While there are dozens of factors that affect the perceived responsiveness of a smartphone, a device’s touch response is an area that is key. Apple’s iPhone line has historically had a big advantage over most Android phones in this area, and it’s one of several main reasons iPhones often feel more responsive and fluid than many Android devices. There has recently been a changing of the guard when it comes to touch response, however, and now there’s a new sheriff in town. More →
Android fans lusting after HTC’s gorgeous new One (M8) hardware but looking for a more traditional Android experience without coughing up $700 up front now have cause for celebration. Thanks to some hard-working hackers over on the XDA Developers forum, HTC One (M8) owners can now convert their handsets into the nearly stock Google Play edition simply be following a guide and installing a tweaked Android build. More →
HTC on Monday announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014, having recorded the second down quarter of its history as a public company. The smartphone maker posted a first-quarter loss of NT$1.88 billion, or roughly $62 million in USD. Analysts were expecting the company’s loss to be narrower at NT$1.59 billion. In the year-ago quarter, HTC managed a small profit of NT$85 million. More →
Last week, HTC launched the HTC One (M8), its successor to the first-generation HTC One, and we called it “the best Android phone the world has ever seen.” Similarly, we called the HTC One the previous year’s best all-around phone. Despite the great design on HTC’s flagship phones, they never do as well on the market as flagship offerings from the company’s top rivals, Apple and Samsung. Unfortunately for HTC, yet another study suggests HTC’s latest phone is off to a comparatively slow start. In fact, after a week of sales, the HTC One (M8) appears to be selling even more poorly than its predecessor. More →
This isn’t a prank: One of the best Android phones of 2013 can be yours, free of charge, if you pick it up before the end of the day. HTC sent out a promotional email on Tuesday announcing a limited-time offer which will allow any customer to purchase an HTC One (M7) with a two-year contract without paying a penny up front for the phone. HTC will even include free express shipping. More →
It’s only been a week since HTC launched its latest flagship phone, but according to one retailer, the Taiwanese company isn’t done with product launches for 2014 quite yet. 3G.co.uk reports that the HTC One (M8) mini is set to go on sale sometime in May. The smaller device will apparently feature the same sleek unibody design that had us raving in our review, along with a miniaturized 4.5-inch display at either 720p or 1080p resolution. The source also notes that HTC’s much discussed Duo Camera will be replaced by a standard single camera. There hasn’t been any indication as to the price, but expect a significant discount from the HTC One (M8).
Last week, BGR posted its massive review of the new HTC One (M8) and found it to be one of the very best smartphones on the planet and certainly the best smartphone released so far this year. However, if you’re already sold on the greatness of the One (M8) and just want a quick video outlining all of its best features, we can’t recommend Droid Life’s new video of 25+ tips and tricks for the HTC One (M8) enough. More →
The brand new HTC One (M8) is without question the best Android phone on the planet right now. I’m not sure there’s even a close second. I explained why in my HTC One (M8) review last week, but it boils down to the combination of HTC’s fantastic design, premium materials, remarkable attention to detail, powerful components and great new Sense 6 software. Nothing is perfect, however, and I found that the quality of photos captured by the new Duo Camera on the M8 is the worst thing about the new M8. Is the new One’s camera really as bad as I said it is, though? More →
After various reports and reviews revealed that HTC’s new One (M8) smartphone may be cheating in some benchmarks – the phone boots performance when certain benchmarks are detected – the company has confirmed to CNET that it indeed handles benchmark apps differently than regular apps, although it said it doesn’t see this as cheating. More →