Waterproofing, higher-resolution Duo Camera in Japan-specific HTC Butterfly J
A new version of the HTC One M8 for the Japanese market has been announced by local carrier KDDI. The HTC J Butterfly manages to hold on to the majority of the One M8's specifications, including its five-inch 1080p display, but stems down the same route as the One E8 in having a plastic body, with the Japan-specific smartphone also having a few more minor changes.
Windows Phone version of HTC One M8 may have same specifications
HTC may be preparing to release a version of the One M8 smartphone running Windows Phone instead of Android, according to rumors. Report sources claim the smartphone producer will be returning to Windows Phone again, effectively re-purposing the One M8's hardware and accessories, with the device apparently said to be given the name HTC One W8.
HTC One M8 sales may have helped HTC revenues double for quarter
HTC's finances have turned around, thanks in part to the HTC One M8. The company's latest unaudited quarterly financial results claim to have made its first profit on a year, turning around last quarter's net loss of NT$1.88 billion ($62.8 million) to a small profit of NT$2.26 billion ($75.5 million), mostly due to a doubling of revenue compared to the last period.
Polycarbonate HTC One E8 retains majority of HTC One M8 specifications
HTC has confirmed rumors of a cheaper version of the HTC One M8, by launching the HTC One E8. The cut-price smartphone is functionally similar to the flagship in the majority of cases, though the biggest of relatively few design changes involves the use of a polycarbonate shell instead of metal, something which reduces the weight down to 145g (5.1 ounces) from the M8's 160g (5.6 ounces).
Report updates rumored extra HTC One M8 models with higher-resolution screens
HTC's upscaled versions of the One M8, currently rumored as the M8 Prime and Ace, could in fact be two devices under different names, according to a report. Two device variants are touted in a new rumor, with the "Plus" model likely to be the previously-named Prime, while the "Advance" will be a low-cost model using a plastic case instead of metal.
HTC One M8 Ace claimed to use plastic case to reduce cost
Two more versions of the HTC One M8 are on the horizon, rather than just one, according to new leaked images. The Prime version of the device is allegedly depicted in an animated gif, while a new model called the HTC One M8 Ace has also surfaced, suggesting the phone manufacturer will be making a slightly cheaper version of the flagship smartphone in a plastic case.
Prime edition of HTC One M8 claimed on Twitter
Samsung may not be the only company producing a "Prime" version of a smartphone, as a new rumor claims HTC will be doing the same for its HTC One M8. Just as suggested for the Galaxy S5 Prime, the HTC One M8 Prime will have a Quad HD 1,440x2,560 display measuring 5.5 inches, larger than the rumored Samsung device, and equaling that of LG's upcoming flagship.
Yonder Music announces commercial-beta launch of Android-exclusive digital music service
Yonder Music has announced its commercial-beta launch of an Android-exclusive digital music service. Providing users with access to millions of songs with no pay-wall barrier, music content can be downloaded and played without commercials. Yonder's catalog includes major labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music, and more, as well as a variety of independent artists and labels. During the commercial-beta, Yonder can only be used on specific Android-enabled devices, such as the HTC One, and must purchase it directly from Yonder Music to have access to the application.
Rear 4MP UltraPixel camera from HTC One M8 exchanged for normal sensor in mini 2
Following the launch of the HTC One M8, HTC has launched another miniature version of its flagship smartphone. The HTC One mini 2 shares the design of the full-scale counterpart, just as rumored earlier, but as its name suggests, it exchanges the 5-inch 1080p display for a smaller 4.5-inch 720x1280-resolution version, and just like the first HTC One mini, the internal specifications have also seen some changes.
Duo Camera of HTC One M8 seemingly missing in HTC One mini 2
A second version of the HTC One mini is on the way, according to a leaked render. Images of what is believed to be the HTC One mini 2 appear to show the device will have a few minor external design tweaks and will be available in three colors, though unlike the full-size HTC One (M8), it will not sport the same secondary Duo Camera that allows it to perform after-the-fact refocusing.
Framily subscribers gain six-month Spotify Premium trial, discounted subscription
After publishing its financial results, Sprint has revealed it is providing subscribers of its Framily plan free music streaming through Spotify, as well as launching an exclusive version of the HTC One M8. In a similar manner to how AT&T offers its customers access to Beats Music, the carrier will be offering all of its customers a free six-month trial of Spotify Premium.
The HTC One (M8) is the best Android smartphone yet
The HTC One (M8) is the sequel to the critically well-received HTC One (M7), released around 12 months ago. The HTC One (M7) stood out from the Android crowd by making a bold aluminum statement when nearly all its competitors continue with cheap looking and cheap feeling plastic materials. Despite boasting a some great all-round qualities, the HTC One (M7) did not take the market by storm as HTC had hoped. Rather than backpedalling, however, HTC has upped the ante by making the HTC One (M8) even more stunning and adding a raft of improvements that make it one of the most compelling smartphones on the market. However, like most things, it is not without its shortcomings, but whether these are deal killers will ultimately be up to consumers. Read on in our full review of the HTC One (M8) to see why we think it is the best Android smartphone yet.
The HTC One (M8) could be the best Android smartphone yet made
You could forgive HTC if it had decided to take a backwards step with the second generation HTC One. It is no secret that the Taiwanese company, once the Android market leader, has been facing massive difficulties in the face of the Samsung marketing onslaught. However, rather than play it safe with the new HTC One, HTC has produced its boldest high-end smartphone statement yet. Our first look at the HTC One (M8) suggests that it is easily the best smartphone HTC has released to date and is shaping up as the best Android smartphone made to date.
Advances in phone optics expected by HTC within 12 to 18 months
HTC is looking towards adding optical zooming to its smartphones, the company's camera expert has revealed. Symon Whitehorn advised in an interview that the company expects to see "huge advances in phone optics" in relation to optical zooming within 12 to 18 months, and suggesting a smartphone could reach a DSLR level of imaging performance in 18 to 24 months.
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.