Low quarterly revenues could bounce back for HTC in next quarter
HTC is continuing its trend of poor financial results, with a loss in the first quarter that was lower than expected by analysts. The latest financial release shows quarterly revenues of NT$33.12 billion ($1.09 billion), giving the smartphone producer a net loss of NT$1.88 billion ($62.06 million) and an operating loss of NT$2.05 billion ($67.75 million).
Verizon starts pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S5, adds second device offer
Verizon is making the Samsung Galaxy S5 available to pre-order, ahead of the smartphone's April 11th global release. Priced at $200 up-front on a two-year contract, or alternatively for $25.55 per month under Verizon Edge or $600 off-contract, Phone Arena reports it can be bought as a "Buy One, Get One" offer, with a second Galaxy S5, an Ativ SE, or the HTC One M8 being offered free, also on a two-year contract.
Benchmark scores for new HTC One varies between benchmarks
Benchmark results for the new HTC One may not truly reflect the performance owners will see in daily use, it has been claimed. A report found the HTC flagship scored highly in one benchmark when compared to other recent releases, while a slightly different benchmarking app from the same developers scored considerably lower, suggesting there may be some benchmark-specific optimization occurring.
Repairability score marginally higher than original HTC One
The new HTC One is just as difficult to repair by its users as the previous model, a teardown has revealed. Repairs outfit iFixit has given the latest incarnation of the HTC flagship smartphone a repairability score of just two out of a possible ten, which is a minor improvement on the score of one for the original when it was taken apart at the same time last year.
Five-inch Full HD display, depth-perception camera system in new HTC One
As expected, HTC has launched the updated "all new" One at events in London and New York. An extension of the original model, the HTC One (M8) offers a similar distinctive external design to the previous version that includes a new dual-camera system on the reverse, with more general improvements made to the internal components and the smartphone's display.
Verizon exclusivity, price of new HTC One rumored
A second leaking video has appeared on YouTube, claiming to show the updated HTC One, the day before it is set to launch. The 14-minute video of the codenamed-M8 device surfaces at the same time as rumors of its availability, including a period of exclusivity on Verizon in the United States, exclusive color options, and a possible price tag for the smartphone.
Carphone Warehouse will start selling new HTC One within minutes of announcement
HTC will be making the "All New" HTC One available to buy shortly after its launch on March 25th, one retailer in the United Kingdom claims. Carphone Warehouse revealed that it will receive shipments of the device, codenamed M8, directly from the venue of the launch in London, with a total of six of the chain's stores selling the handsets that very evening.
Post-photograph refocusing touted in Telstra HTC One marketing sheet
The dual camera system in HTC's updated "All New" One smartphone, also known as the M8, will allow the user to select the focal point of a photograph after the image has been taken, according to details in a leaked advertisement. The marketing material for Telstra of Australia advises users of the "Duo Camera" to "soften backgrounds and add 3D effects" to images taken with the smartphone.
Front cover of next HTC One could show time, weather
More details about HTC's flagship smartphone update have surfaced over the course of the weekend, according to a number of leaks. The next HTC One will come with a unique dot matrix-style cover in one rumor, while newly-surfaced images appear to give a complete, overall view of the smartphone itself, rather than marketing renders.
Dual camera, microSD card slot confirmed in removed video
A video said to show the upcoming All New HTC One may actually have shown the device, if the reaction from a HTC manager is anything to go by. The 12-minute video, which has since been taken down by the original uploader but has since been re-added to YouTube by others, appears to show a device that is extremely similar to the original in terms of appearance and size, and seemingly confirms earlier rumors concerning its appearance.
HTC may reuse One name in smartphone successor
HTC has started to tease its upcoming successor to the HTC One, launching on March 25th, by publishing the first of a series of videos. While the clip focuses on the BoomSound audio system used in the original, it also seemingly confirms an earlier rumor that the company will be opting to call it the "All New HTC One" instead of alternative names such as the HTC One 2, or its codename, the HTC M8.
Sony starts selling PlayStation 4 in Japan months after US, European launches
Sony has launched the PlayStation 4 game console in Japan, months after shipping it to customers in the United States and Europe. While it has already sold 5.3 million units in other markets when competing against the Xbox One, the launch in Japan will be largely uncontested, with The Verge noting no news of an Xbox One launch in the country has been issued by Microsoft, and the Nintendo's Wii-U continues to sell poorly.
Leaked images show silver, gold, grey versions of HTC One follow-up
HTC could launch the upcoming replacement to the HTC One in a variety of colors, according to leaked marketing renders. Images of the codenamed M8 smartphone, expected to launch on March 25th if it fails to surface at Mobile World Congress, appears to show the device in three different case colors, including gold, dark gray, and silver.
HTC One follow-up spotted in render sporting protective cover
HTC has revealed the launch of the M8 could be taking place on March 25th, as it starts sending invitations to two events held simultaneously in New York and London. A new leak has also surfaced, suggesting the rumored replacement to the HTC One could end up being supplied to customers with an optional protective cover once it ships.
Support scheme provides display repair, Google Drive storage
HTC is upgrading the level of support it provides customers in the United States, in its new HTC Advantage program. The improvements, teased on Valentine's day, include a commitment to offering the major Android updates for two years from the launch date of the device, as well as a free replacement display in the event the customer cracks the screen in the first six months of ownership.
Rumored HTC flagship could be first to lose capacitive buttons
The rumored follow-up to the HTC One may not get revealed by the manufacturer at Mobile World Congress, with a launch claimed to take place a month later. The potential launch details of the codenamed "M8" device comes at the same time as a suggestion it will be the first HTC smartphone to remove the capacitive buttons in favor of on-screen versions.
KitKat update for Android starts North American roll-out
Owners of the HTC One in Canada have started to receive the Android 4.2.2 update to their devices, despite it only entering carrier testing late last week. At the same time as Canada's rollout, the Android KitKat update for Sprint subscribers has been made available to download, though as a "customer initiated request" rather than a pushed update.
HTC confirms Android KitKat for HTC One in testing, certification expected next week
Users of the HTC One will soon receive an update to Android KitKat, according to a posting on the company's Twitter account. The message states that the Android 4.4 update has "entered carrier labs" for final testing, and to expect certification sometime next week, though the update will probably take longer to actually reach the devices. When asked about a similar European release, the same account advised it did not have "anything official to announce at the moment."
Dual-sensor camera, larger display touted in HTC One sequel
The next version of the HTC One could be coming out in March, according to a report. The new smartphone, said to be codenamed the M8, will apparently ship with a larger display when compared to the original, a twin-sensor rear camera, and according to other reports, though new photographs of a back cover are said by some to be proof it will have some form of fingerprint scanner.
Moto X, Droids on promotion, Droid Mini free
Verizon is discounting Motorola's customizable Moto X handset to just $50 on contract as part of its End of Year Savings promo. The carrier is also offering discounts on a range of other Android handsets, with savings available for Samsung smartphones and tablets, HTC's 2013 flagship, and Verizon's own line of Motorola-produced Droid devices. The promo runs through December 31, and customers can save up to $200 for certain electronics.
Leak adds fuel to rumored launch of HTC One follow-up
More details for HTC's potential new flagship have surfaced, in the form of a Wi-Fi certification listing believed to be for the HTC M8. The leak on the Wi-Fi Alliance's website, now removed from view, gives little in the way of clues for the device outside of what is already rumored, but does strongly suggest that the follow-up to the HTC One is getting closer to a potential launch.
UK ban proceedings may have leaked M8 launch
A judge in the United Kingdom appears to have confirmed a February launch windows for HTC's follow-up to this year's HTC One flagship. In the same proceedings that marked a ban on the HTC One Mini in the UK, BGR reports that Judge Richard Arnold pointed to a possible February 2014 launch for HTC's next flagship device. This is in keeping with previous rumors on the device's availability, but it is the most specific of any leaks, and appears based on internal information.
HTC One spared from sales injunction, Nokia seeks financial compensation
HTC will no longer be allowed to sell the One Mini in the United Kingdom from the end of this week onwards. Judge Richard Arnold has ruled that chips used in the HTC One Mini infringed on a patent owned by Nokia, with a sales injunction on the device coming into effect from December 6th, though stopped short of doing the same for the HTC One.
Inflated scores removed from benchmark listings after cheating discovered
Benchmark scores for smartphones and tablets from Samsung and HTC have been removed from one ranking site, after it was discovered that they were manipulated for a higher mark. Futuremark has delisted smartphones caught cheating its benchmarking app, including the HTC One and One Mini, and both processor variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note III.
Android KitKat heads to Google Play editions of Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One
Updates for Android KitKat are heading to the Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. The two devices, running on stock Android instead of the Sense or TouchWiz versions provided by HTC and Samsung respectively, will start receiving over-the-air updates from today onwards, upgrading the devices to Android version 4.4.
Follows lead of iPhone 5s, loses 18-carat coating
HTC is releasing a version of its flagship smartphone with a gold coloring, for the second time. The revised gold HTC One, spotted previously in a leak a month before the MOBO award version, and though it shares the coloring of the 18-carat promotional version gifted to a music award winner, it is a more general and significantly cheaper release.
Android 4.4 update remains on schedule
In a tweet from its corporate Twitter account, HTC confirmed that Verizon-based HTC One owners would still receive their updates to Android 4.4 by the end of January. The announcement came by way of an assurance that the company's current delay in delivering Android 4.3 to those customers would not affect the next update to 4.4 The Verizon One is supposed to see an update to Android 4.3 some time in December.
New HTC flagship could debut at CES
The rumored new HTC flagship could debut at the end of the first quarter of next year, according to a new report. Serial leaker @evleaks retweeted a report that the HTC M8 is set to launch on all four major U.S. carriers with an estimated window around the end of the quarter. That jibes with previous reports that the HTC One follow-up was imminent, though some had the device debuting before the end of this year.
Prototype said to be known as M8
Leaked images of HTC's next flagship smartphone have reportedly surfaced ahead of a formal introduction. A post on Taiwanese site ePrice and later spotted by Unwired View claims to show the hack housing for a phone that is said to be the successor to the HTC One, but internally referenced by the monicker M8. One notable difference is an additional circular cutout above the camera placement, potentially pointing to the placement for a fingerprint sensor.
HTC confirms update windows for flagship
HTC has quickly followed the announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat with its own declaration that the HTC One will receive an update to the new operating system within 90 days. The Taiwanese manufacturer's most recent flagship device signaled a move by the company to push quality in design, and HTC looks to be trying to match that quality with timely updates to its devices. HTC has not yet commented on when the One's spinoff devices -- the One max and One mini -- will get the update.
2013 HTC models to gain extra Google Drive storage
HTC has started to roll out the Android 4.3 update to the HTC One in Europe, along with the updated version of its overlay, Sense 5.5. The update will be rolling out over the next few weeks, and is accompanied by news that Google will be supplying free allocations of its Google Drive cloud storage to specific 2013 HTC models.
HTC One Mini reaches Canada via Rogers, ships November 4th
Sales of the HTC One Mini on Rogers in Canada will commence soon, the carrier has revealed. Offering a 4.3-inch 720p display, a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM, and the 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, the HTC One Mini will ship through Rogers from November 4th, though the carrier has yet to disclose its price.
HTC short on cash, consolidating production operations
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has denied reports that cash flow problems have led it to halt production at at at least one of its four main manufacturing lines. Early on Wednesday, Reuters reported that HTC had stopped production at one of its factories about an hour from Taipei, with sources saying that the firm "has to do something soon" in order to improve its cash position. HTC representatives, though, deny any cessation of production, saying instead that what Reuters saw was the product of normal company operations.
HTC One Max adopts aluminium finish, picks up microSD card support
The HTC One Max is official with leaks ahead of its launch completely accurate. As expected, the device adopts the critically acclaimed aluminum design language of the 4.7-inch HTC One, along with a 5.9-inch 1080p display and a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the device. However, the One Max differs in some ways from the HTC One by incorporating a removable rear cover allowing for the addition of microSD expansion up to 64GB, but dropping optical image stabilization from its Ultrapixel rear camera.
Firmware leak believed to be final revision, due in coming weeks
The inbound Android version 4.3 update for Samsung smartphones has leaked, weeks ahead of its expected launch. The software upgrade for the Galaxy S 4 has surfaced on the Internet at the same time as news that the same update heading to the HTC One will be heading to T-Mobile users sometime over the next week.
Specifications list accompanies new HTC One Max action shot
A full list of specifications for the upcoming HTC One Max has allegedly leaked, along with another clear shot of the smartphone in use. The device, said to be launching next week in a number of regional events, will apparently have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, slower than the 2.3GHz previously rumored.
Events in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan lined up for large HTC smartphone
HTC will be launching its enlarged One Max sometime next week, according to invitations to regional events. The flyer for the event states "One finger opens up a big view, you are invited to immerse in the sound with us," suggesting not only the BoomSound front stereo speakers usually associated with the One, but also its rumored fingerprint scanner.
HTC 18ct Gold HTC One revealed to celebrate MOBO music awards
HTC has revealed an 18ct gold version of its critically well-received HTC One Android smartphone flagship. Officially dubbed the Gold HTC One will be presented to the winner of the Best Newcomer category sponsored by the Taiwanese handset maker at the MOBO Awards in Glasgow on October 19. Interestingly, the device only features the MOBO 18 logo laser etched on the rear, with the logo of the company’s former partner Beats Audio conspicuously absent, despite the fact that the special edition device has been made to honor a music event.
HTC One gains Android 4.3 on Sprint, Verizon and AT&T to follow
Owners of the HTC One on Sprint in the United States will now be able to upgrade their device to Android 4.3. The operating system, having already appeared on unlocked versions, is said by Android Beat to be heading to other US carriers such as AT&T and Verizon by the end of October, at roughly the same time as updates for french carrier SFR's customers.
Galaxy S 4, S III, Note II to gain Jelly Bean 4.3 from SFR by December
Android version 4.3 will be reaching the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in October, according to a European carrier's update roadmap. SFR of France has revealed that, just as reported earlier, the Galaxy S 4 will be the first of three Samsung devices to get the update to 4.3 Jelly Bean, with the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II both getting it at a later time.
Fingerprint sensor shown on back of HTC One Max
More images of the rumored HTC One Max have surfaced, via a filing at the equivalent of the FCC in China. Photographs of the device at the Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center MIIT give clear views of the front, back, and sides of the device, complete with what is believed to be a fingerprint scanner on the rear.
Screen of HTC One Max shown to be larger than Note 3
Another set of photographs of the HTC One Max has surfaced, making its possible release appear to be even more likely. The new images, comparing it with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, come at the same time as the HTC Desire 601 makes its way through the FCC, suggesting a release of the mid-range smartphone could be happening soon.
Mystery square on back of HTC One Max could be fingerprint sensor
The unannounced HTC One Max has allegedly been spotted in more photographs, with its name all but confirmed in another leak. The phablet, with its expected 5.9-inch 1080p Super LCD3 display, has both its front and back sides on show in new images, while the HTC One Max name in its apparently final branding has also made an appearance.
HTC set to follow Apple\'s lead with a gold colored variant of the One
The HTC One has made an appearance in gold, with the images of a new gold colored case leaking out early from China. The HTC One already comes in several color variants including silver, black, blue, and two shades of red. The new Apple iPhone 5s comes in a new gold variant, which looks to be turning into a trend with Asian markets, in particular, having an affinity for the gold color.
Best Buy to start selling metallic blue HTC One from September 15th
The blue version of the HTC One will be going on sale through Best Buy from September 15th. Identical to the normal model except for color, the "metallic blue" smartphone will be available on AT&T and Verizon, along with Sprint, though the retailer has yet to reveal per-carrier pricing. It is suggested by Engadget that it could cost as much as $700 off-contract through the retailer.
New color variant showing up in retail locations
Color-conscious fans of the HTC one may want to make their way to the local Best Buy outlet, as the big box retailer is now carrying a blue, Verizon-branded variant of the celebrated handset. A tipster pointed Engadget toward images of the device, showing the unibody aluminum construction with an electric blue hue. The blue variant hit Best Buy stores and Verizon retail locations on Friday.
Blue-colored smartphone to join exclusive red model on carrier
After exclusively selling a red-cased version of the HTC One, Sprint could be preparing to launch a blue model on the network. A leaked roadmap from the carrier points towards the possible new color option, with the smartphone launch expected to take place on the 10th of September, the same day as a possible iPhone event.
Sony puts PlayStation 3 with 12GB flash storage on sale in United States
A rumored flash version of the PlayStation 3 has gone on sale in the United States. Costing $200 and previously available in Europe and Hong Kong, the model has 12GB of flash storage inside instead of a normal hard drive, which is said to help speed up load times for installed games, though its storage capacity can be expanded by using external hard drives.
Verizon late to offer HTC flagship phone
Verizon schedules HTC One launch
Verizon has announced that it is finally set to ship HTC's flagship One smartphone on August 22 for $200 with a new contract. The company is one of the last major carriers to launch the phone, amid reports of a larger "One Max" variant. Sprint is currently offering an exclusive red version, available with a buy-one-get-one-free promotional offer through the rest of the month.
Buy-One, Get-One offer on Sprint HTC One for remainder of month
Sprint will be offering the HTC One in red as an exclusive for the carrier. The limited color version of the flagship HTC smartphone will be available to purchase from August 16th, and will be accompanied by a buy-one-get-one-free promotional offer for the mobile device, that is set to run from August 16th until August 30th.