Claimed first tablet with Beats Audio processing
HP has unveiled a new Android tablet aimed at the home market, its first attempt at a consumer tablet after the WebOS-based TouchPad in 2011. The HP Slate resembles a fairly standard seven-inch tablet that uses Android Jelly Bean, but is the first to offer integrated Beats Audio processing. Electronista spent a small amount of hands-on time with the tablet ahead of the opening of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Windows Phone 8 handsets to launch in November
At a media event today in New York, HTC officially revealed its new Windows Phone 8 lineup, the Windows Phone 8X and the Windows Phone 8S. The two new handsets, available in an array of colors, and representatives from both HTC and Microsoft have been stressing the new handsets as the result of an intense focus on form-meeting-function with regard to the interaction of hardware and software. The 8X and 8S feature a clean, squarish design, with a 4-inch screen for the 8S and a 4.3-inch screen for the higher-end 8X.
HTC Accord leaks ahead of official debut on Wednesday
The HTC Accord that will be known as the Windows Phone 8X when it launches has now been spotted being used, suggesting it will arrive at Verizon and have LTE network support. The phone will be officially unveiled at an event in New York on Wednesday, so more official information regarding carriers and prices is expected then. The source who sent the image to PhoneArena made the LTE claim.
New handset may be unveiled in Berlin
Images of the as-yet-unannounced HTC Proto have leaked to the Internet, along with some details on the device's specifications. Among the published info are images of the device's chassis, which appears to represent a departure from HTC's current One line of smartphones. Some observers expect that the handset will debut some time next week at IFA in Berlin, though specifics on an unveiling are uncertain.
HTC One X gets American launch plans
The AT&T version of the HTC One X received its official launch details on Wednesday. The LTE-equipped Android 4.0 hardware should be in stores on May 6 and will be priced aggressively for an LTE phone, at $200 on a contract. Pre-orders start April 22.
HTC ditches CFO, shares dip 6 percent
HTC has moved to appoint a new CFO after his predecessor was ousted from the position after just one year. Highlighting troubles at the Taiwanese handset manufacturer, Winston Yung has been moved into a undefined role in corporate development and has been replaced by Chia-Lin Chang. Yung was behind the somewhat controversial decision to purchase Beats Audio for $300 milllion, which has failed to raise the image of the brand or attract customers.
Telstra customers get MOG at no data cost
In its first endeavor away from American shores, subscription music service MOG announced an exclusive partnership with Telstra, one of the largest telecom companies in Australia. The deal will give bring access to MOG's music catalog to Telstra's more than 13.3 million mobile customers.
HP dm1 gets fashion designer treatment
HP has ended a lull in its love of fashion-inspired PCs with the quiet introduction of a special Pavilion dm1 by Alexandre Herchcovitch. The variant on HP's crossover 11.6-inch notebook is covered inside and out by a gold pattern from its namesake Brazilian fashion designer. A matching sleeve case should keep the notebook safe.
HTC says Beats will be software only
HTC in an interview Friday said it won't pack in Beats Audio's earbuds or other headphones with at least some of its smartphones from now on. Product executive Martin Fichter briefed CNET that, while the on-device Beats Audio processing would stay, ordinary headphones at most would come in the box with models like the Evo 4G LTE and One series. Customers weren't buying for the headphones and thus didn't justify the extra cost.
Beats looks into subs but won't confirm MOG deal
Beats Audio co-creator Jimmy Iovine gave some of the first signs of a possible buyout of MOG in an interview on Wednesday. Although stopping short of confirming the deal directly, he mentioned to Bloomberg that Beats was "looking at this area." His company wouldn't try to encroach on iTunes' pay-per-track formula, which was largely secure, but saw a deficit in the subscription field.
HTC handheld would have big stereo speakers
A new patent filing has signaled that HTC might put an even stronger emphasis on music through speakers. What was caught early by Patent Bolt would go beyond devices like the Surround and put two stereo speakers on the design. Depending on the version, it would either have the speakers on the top and bottom of the phone, facing the user, or two speakers on the back with a kickstand in between.
MOG for iPad gets quiet intro
On the heels of its Windows app, MOG has quietly posted a native iPad app (App Store). Although marked as 2.0.2, the previously unavailable app is a significant rethink with a more visual interface with pop-overs that expand options for playing, sharing, and queuing. Going into an album, artist or other broader category provides a more detailed exploration of the content while keeping always-available playback controls.
Native app brings HD audio to the PC desktop
Mog has posted a new app for Windows desktop owners. With it, subscribers can listen to music from the music service's catalog of over 14 million songs on their windows PC as well as their mobile device or Mac. The app features a native audio decoder for improved audio playback quality.
Beats would take MOG as part of own strategy
Beats Audio's rumored acquisition of MOG could be less about HTC and more about its own brand. Leaks have it planning to open a full web music store, CNET had heard, but it would also sell headphones and "numerous other products." While the deal wouldn't be wrapped, MOG would serve as a quick route to getting a service up and running.
HTC and Beats may expand music strategy
Beats Audio's rumored takeover of MOG could be the foundation of a very different approach by HTC to reviving its cloud music aims. A rumor emerging Tuesday had unnamed Digitimes sources anticipating an HTC service launching in the second half of 2012, with partly-owned Beats handling the brunt of the service. Unlike the one-time HTC Listen service, it would be a "cross-platform, cross-device" option.
HTC One V may up ante for budget phones
The HTC One V may be coming to Virgin Mobile's US branch. Tips to PocketNow early this week had the aluminum unibody Android 4.0 phone coming to the carrier in late spring. It would cost under $200 off-contract on Virgin, making it not just Virgin's most advanced smartphone but also one of its more affordable models.
Beats may get MOG for own music streaming
Partly HTC-owned Beats Audio was rumored Monday to have bought MOG. A single source for Business Insider claimed a quiet deal had been struck last week with no mention of terms. While unverified, MOG was unusually non-committal on whether or not it had been acquired, saying only that it was open to deals.
HTC devs can now use Beats Audio, lockscreen APIs
Cellphone maker HTC has released its Beats Audio-specific app programming interfaces (APIs) to developers, allowing them to integrate the functions to their own apps. Thus far, Beats Audio enhancements are only present in the native audio player of compatible handsets, which will soon include Windows Phone devices. Beats Audio in HTC phones is a set of software-based audio enhancements that are turned on automatically when the bundled Beats in-ear headphones are plugged in.
HTC Android 4.0 tablet to be just 9mm think
An upcoming tablet from HTC, now codenamed Vertex and previously known as Quattro, is in the news again, with a test photo taken from its built-in camera and shared online by Notebook Italia. While the photo does little in terms of new info, it is accompanied by an admittedly unconfirmed 9mm (0.35in) thickness.