HTC technically infringing, but patent likely seen as not valid
The Mannheim Regional Court has stayed one chapter of the ongoing Nokia versus HTC trial in Germnay. Judge Andreas Voss ordered the stay over a feature proving supervisory remote permission management to employees' Android-based phones and tablets. While HTC is infringing on the patent, the court believes the patent itself to be invalid.
Higher sales could help HTC turn around loss of profit in Q2 results
HTC is working on doubling the amount of HTC One devices it can produce, in order to meet what it calls "strong demand" from its customers. The company aims to manufacture twice as many of the flagship smartphone as it did last month, with a view to increasing it further as time goes on, after overcoming supply chain issues and a legal misunderstanding with Nokia over its microphones.
The HTC One could be the most enticing Android smartphone yet
The HTC One may be the ultimate iPhone switch-inducing Android device yet, even if the Samsung Galaxy S4 juggernaut remains unstoppable for the time being. There are a few of key aspects of the HTC’s Android flagship device for 2013 that makes it the most likely to interest Apple iPhone 4, 4S and 5 users itching for a change of scenery, but who can’t wait as long as September when Jony Ive’s design-influenced version of iOS could be released. Many iPhone users also love the beautiful industrial designs that Jony Ive has cooked up for the iPhone over the past few years. For many, however, even if they have contemplated switching to an Android device, most were simply not made to Apple’s high standards of design and finish -- until now.
HTC not planning stock Android version of HTC One
HTC has said that it isn’t planning to issue a version of the HTC One running stock Android. The company issued a statement on the matter following the surprise, but long awaited, announcement at Google I/O that it will be selling a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android. “HTC is not currently planning a ‘Nexus Edition’ of the HTC One,” said an HTC company spokesperson.
The HTC One Double Dip Shell complements the One nicely
As our review of the HTC One highlighted, there is little doubt that HTC has crafted an impressive device. Although it is made from sturdy and robust materials including aluminum on its front and rear, many users will still want to keep it looking as good as the day they bought it. HTC has stepped into the frame with its own custom Double Dip Shell for the One that offers a tailor-made solution for protecting the device.
Ratings on Facebook Home app remain poor
According to reports, AT&T is considering discontinuing the two-month-old HTC First Facebook phone. Sources have claimed that in the short time the HTC handset has been available, less than 15,000 units nationwide were sold up to and including AT&T's $1 promotion for the device.
Does the HTC One have what it takes to beat the Galaxy S4?
The HTC One is a crucial product for the Taiwanese smartphone maker. The company once was the market leading Android smartphone vendor and saw tremendous success and growth as a company. It worked with Google on the first Nexus smartphone and was often one of the first to market with new features, including the move to displays 4-inches or larger. However, the rise of Samsung as a smartphone maker has largely come at the expense of HTC, which has seen its fortunes rapidly decline as a consequence. See if HTC has done enough with the One to turn its fortunes around in our full review of the HTC One.
HTC profit nosedives, but expects One-led turnaround for Q2
HTC has announced a Q1 profit of just $2.8 million for the months of January, February and March. This marks a year-over-year profit decline of a monumental 98 percent compared to the same period last year. However, the figures don’t include sales of its new flagship One handset, which it expects to will make a significant and positive impact on its Q2 figures.
Mid-range HTC 'M4' surfaces, looks like an HTC 'One mini'
Serial, but reliable leaker @evleaks, has uncovered a press shot for a forthcoming HTC handset carrying the codename ‘M4’. From its appearance, the M4 takes its design cues directly from its flagship stable mate the HTC One, which carried the ‘M7’ designation before its official launch. Although it is likely to be priced at a tier below the HTC One, the device retains the same level of build quality, but centers on a smaller 4.3-inch display.
Samsung's design stumble is HTC's gain
A large number of tech press reviews of Samsung's Galaxy S4 have noted that it's design is inferior to HTC's premium-feeling One, and that would appear to be paying off for HTC. The manufacturer's North American president recently told Business Insider that the knocks on Samsung's design ethic are drawing the right kind of attention to HTC just when the company needs it most.
Device thought to be HTC Tiara begins showing up
An unannounced HTC Windows Phone device has apparently shown up in the device logs of a Chinese developer, and it's believed that the handset is heading to Sprint. The device is thought to be an earlier-rumored phone codenamed the HTC Tiara, that was said to be coming to Sprint.
New microphone source will be used once mic stocks dry up
HTC is planning to change its source of microphones for the HTC One once its existing inventory has run out, following Nokia's recent court action in the Netherlands. A statement from the manufacturer seeking to clarify the injunction filed by Nokia explains that the injunction isn't against HTC itself, but is against a component supplier in the Netherlands called STM.
Nokia suffers defeat after having settled with RIM, dealing with ViewSonic
Earlier today, the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany ruled on Nokia's assertion that HTC was infringing on its patent on "a communication network terminal for accessing Internet." Judge and Doctor Holger Kircher, presiding over the board of judges hearing the case, ruled that Nokia's case was dismissed based on a finding of non-infringement. The decision is appealable, but is unlikely to be overturned.
Microphone technology developed for sole Nokia use in the HTC One
In the Amsterdam District Court, Finnish phone maker Nokia has won a court injunction that will stop device manufacturer HTC from using microphone parts co-developed and manufactured by STMicroelectronics NV in the new HTC One smartphone. A statement released by Nokia notes that the components were invented by Nokia, with the intention of being used exclusively in Nokia devices.
Facebook Home gets users interested, but still scoring poor ratings
Facebook Home has notched up over 500,000 downloads in its first nine days on the Google Play store. The app is currently only available on a limited number of handsets including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 2, HTC One X, HTC One X+ and the new HTC First. It is also only compatible with specified devices that also support Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ or higher, leaving most Android users unable to install it.
US customers offered HTC One 32GB unlocked, direct from webstore
HTC has made the 32GB version of its One smartphone available directly to customers through its online store for $575. Unlike the 64GB HTC One Developer Edition, which is also available unlocked and direct to customers, the 32GB version does not ship with an unlocked bootloader. The HTC One is the Taiwanese company’s flagship smartphone and is considered to be the best placed Android challenger to Samsung’s Galaxy S 4.
Delayed HTC One ships online, some stores face delays
The HTC One has gone on sale in the United States today, launching on Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T at the same time. The three carriers are offering the flagship smartphone through their online stores, though in some cases, brick and mortar retail outlets are left waiting until next week to start selling the device.
Uses 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display, Beats audio
HTC has unveiled a new model in its range of Desire devices, that will apparently be released in Taiwan in the coming months. The Desire L has a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display with a resolution of 800x480, Beats audio processing, and a design that takes a lot of cues from phones like the Desire X and One S.
Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission investigating, HTC likely to respond
The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission is reportedly investigating astroturfing attacks launched by Samsung denigrating HTC devices through the use of paid posters who did not disclose their connection to Samsung. The investigation was launched after a website accused the manufacturing giant of "evil marketing" when it was discovered to have used anonymous Internet users to criticize the devices by the rival company.
Best Buy to ship HTC One on T-Mobile on April 19th
The HTC One will be available on T-Mobile on April 19th, according to the Best Buy website. The electronics retailer is carrying the smartphone at $249 when bought with a T-Mobile contract, or $700 off-contract, writes TmoNews. T-Mobile itself will also sell the HTC One without a service contract for $99, but it will still require monthly payments for the phone on its own, as per the new UnCarrier scheme the company is implementing.
Delays in HTC One manufacturer impacts quarterly results
The delay in manufacturing the HTC One has cost the company a significant amount of profit, according to reports based on unaudited results released by the manufacturer. Results for the first quarter of 2013 shows HTC as having a net profit of $T85 million ($2.8 million), declining for a sixth quarter in a row.
Facebook phone first with non-Sense Android install since 2010
The HTC First, the upcoming smartphone preloaded with Facebook Home, will give users the option of turning off the Facebook launcher. Those opting to remove the socially-focused user interface will be able to use a stock installation of Android, and effectively becomes the first phone from the manufacturer to run without an overlay, such as Sense, since the T-Mobile G2.
HTC roadshow aims to heavily promote the One in the US
As it has promised, HTC is stepping up its marketing efforts in order to recapture much of the market share that it has lost primarily to Samsung in the battle for Android smartphone market share. The Taiwan-based smartphone maker has announced that it is taking on Samsung and other smartphone competitors by launching the HTC One Live Experience Tour. The roadshow will include pop-up HTC One showrooms in malls, a Live Cinema Experience at select theaters and BoomSound Lounges, which will feature live performances by artists including Pharell, Grouplove and Manchester Orchestra.
Apple leads in Smartphone OEM market share rankings
Android is losing market share to iOS in the US smartphone market, according to the most recent ComScore results. In a three-month period ending in February, Android went from 53.7 percent of the market to 51.7 percent, a drop of 2 percent, while iOS gained 3.9 percent from the 35-percent share in the previous 3 months, hitting 38.9 percent.
Handset carries entry-level price
Confirming earlier rumors, HTC has introduced its First smartphone as an AT&T exclusive. Although the device is not designed by Facebook or powered by a Facebook-developed operating system, it is the first to designed specifically for the social network's new Facebook Home experience that was introduced earlier today for Android phones.
HTC One 32GB for $200, exclusive 64GB for $300
The HTC One has gone on sale in the United States as a pre-order through one carrier, while others are still preparing for their own sales. AT&T has started taking orders for the smartphone today as promised, while Sprint will be opening their pre-order queue tomorrow. Canadian carrier Telus has also announced it will open up sales for the HTC One in the near future, ahead of the phone launch.
App launcher adds Facebook status buttons
Images reportedly showing Facebook's new Android user interface and app have appeared online. The shots of Facebook Home, accompanied by a render of a smartphone said to be revealed at tomorrow's event, appears to display a Facebook-centric interface, along with an extremely minimal Android home screen, and a lock screen with notifications.
New device design previously seen as HTC Myst, Opera, Buffy
Days before a scheduled Facebook event, a render of a new Facebook-centric phone has appeared. The HTC First, previously known by other names, seems to have been repurposed for the device. While no solid specifications exist, the handset will likely feature a home screen replacement called Facebook Home, and little in the way of hardware changes from other devices.
New device goes head-to-head against Galaxy S4 at retail
Joining AT&T, Sprint has announced Friday, April 19 as the availability date for the new HTC One smartphone. The new handset is the latest international smartphone from the manufacturer, and will be available for preorder starting April 5 online. The HTC One has an all-aluminum chassis and high resolution 1080p 4.7-inch 468ppi LCD display. It is powered by the same quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor as the North American version of the Galaxy S4.
High-capacity HTC One to be ATT exclusive
HTC One enthusiasts looking for a higher-capacity model of the HTC One can now start planning on their upgrades or path to hop carriers, as AT&T has announced that it will be exclusively carrying the 64GB model of HTC's forthcoming flagship. The announcement came Saturday in a video posting to the carrier's YouTube page. AT&T will also be carrying the 32GB version of the One.
Event could reveal long-rumored Facebook phone
Facebook is going to roll out something connected to Android, according to an invitation to a media event being held next week. Though not giving much of a clue as to what will be revealed, the message asks members of the press to "Come see our new home on Android," inviting speculation that this could be connected to the long-rumored Facebook phone.
HTC One gapless design next to impossible to repair
The HTC One has been subjected to the customary teardown by iFixit. The HTC One, which has been delayed by over a month due to parts shortages and yield issues due the complexity of its construction, has picked up iFixit’s first ever score of 1 out of 10 for repairability. The repairers found that the One’s seamless, screwless design makes it almost impossible to remove the display to access the internals without damaging the rear case.
Chief Marketing Officer claims bolder marketing in future
HTC is dropping its use of the term "Quietly Brilliant" in its marketing efforts. Chief Marketing Officer Benjamin Ho revealed the tagline retirement without revealing a successor, but did confirm that the company will be improving its marketing efforts, as well as confirming the HTC One launch delay was caused by a shortage of camera sensors.
HTC One delayed again, not reaching US till late April
HTC has revealed that its critically well-received next-generation One smartphone has been pushed back yet again. While the company previously indicated that it was heading towards an early April launch in the US, it appears that is no longer the case according to a statement released by the company. Parts shortages and difficulty fabricating its aluminum unibody case has meant the company will miss its original US launch window by up to a month.
The Galaxy S 4 is a technical marvel, but I won't be switching from the iPhone 5
So the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has finally launched with nearly all the major leaks and rumors about the device proving true. There can be no question that Samsung has put everything it could possibly fit into its extra-large ‘Galaxy S IIIS’ as some are referring to it, because it looks much the same as the Galaxy S III. However, as much tech as Samsung has packed into its new flagship, it simply doesn’t tempt me to switch from my iPhone 5.
Company quintuples budget across TV, Internet, physical media
Samsung spent $401 million in US TV, Internet, print, and billboard advertising for phones during 2012, surpassing HTC and even Apple, according to Kantar Media data obtained by the Wall Street Journal. The figure represents a quintupling of its budget for 2011, which amounted to just $78 million. By contrast, Apple's budget went from $253 million to $333 million, and HTC's budget actually shrank from $124 million to $46 million.
HTC One facing two week delay, One Developer Edition announced
HTC has revealed that its 2013 flagship smartphone the One has been delayed by at least two weeks, leading to an April launch, reports CNET. It was originally scheduled to hit the market on March 15, but only pre-orders will now be shipping before the end of the month. It is thought that parts shortages, as well as the complex 200-minute process required to cut and machine the sleek aluminum case on the One has led to production yield issues.
New HTC Facebook phone codenamed Myst, carries mid-range specs
Details of the next HTC smartphone with Facebook hooks have leaked courtesy of Unwired View. The device is currently going by the codename Myst, and will carry what will be solid, but mid-range specifications. As with HTC’s previous Facebook phones, the ChaCha and the Salsa, the device will carry deeper than usual Facebook integration.
Camera issues said to plague One production
HTC's One smartphone, on which are thought to hang the hopes of the company, may be very short in supply upon its release due to component shortages. This according to new reports out of Taiwan, which claim that HTC is having trouble getting ahold of parts that make up the device's UltraPixel camera.
ComScore report emphasizes continuing Apple, Samsung dominance
The latest marketshare reports from analyst firm ComScore are out, and since the end of October Apple's iOS share of the US smartphone market jumped by 3.5 percentage points, while Samsung gained only 1.9 percent. The leaders grew at the expense of HTC and Motorola. From an operating system perspective, Google and BlackBerry took 1.3 and 1.9 percentage point losses respectively, part of what gave Apple and Samsung their gains.
HTC offers $100 bonus for trade-up to a HTC One in Canada
HTC is offering potential customers a $100 incentive to buy the newly-launched HTC One in Canada. A page on the company's Canadian site allows users to preregister for the smartphone, and then after buying the HTC One, can send their old handset and proof of purchase for the new device to HTC. Successful participants will receive a prepaid Visa card loaded with either $100 or the trade-in value of the old phone, whichever is greater.
Basic components said to be similar to HTC One SV
HTC is already working on a new device that will run Windows Phone 8 GDR2, an updated version of the mobile operating system, if a new rumor is to be believed. A basic specifications list has surfaced through the infamous evleaks Twitter feed, suggesting the new smartphone has the current working title of the "HTC Tiara," and will use a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD2 display.
Android flagship at MWC
HTC brought its new flagship One handset to show off at Mobile World Congress, after the device was revealed last week at separate events in New York and London. Electronista stopped by the company's booth to see first-hand if the handset is as good as its specs list suggests.
Carriers show expected shipping dates of March 15th
The HTC One has been made available to pre-order in the UK, ahead of an expected street date of March 15th. A number of carriers, including Vodafone and Three UK, have started to offer the flagship HTC device, with other retailers also offering an already-unlocked version for Ł510 ($780) including taxes. Another color of HTC One has also been revealed by the manufacturer.
RadioShack confirms will stock HTC One from launch day
RadioShack has confirmed it will be stocking the new flagship phone from HTC, in an e-mail to Electronista. The HTC One, a 4.7-inch Android device with a 468ppi pixel density, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, and options for 32GB and 64GB of fixed storage, will be available from the retailer from its US launch date, which will be sometime in March. A price has still not been confirmed for the smartphone, which will be revealed closer to its street date.
Unibody design, 468ppi pixel density, Snapdragon 600 processor
HTC has launched its new flagship smartphone in dual events in London and New York, one with a number of Sense-based refinements. The HTC One, previously called the M7 in rumors, houses an optically bonded 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with a full 1080p resolution and 468ppi pixel density inside a machined aluminum unibody, with Gorilla Glass 2 protecting the display.
IPCom dispute continues to heat up
German customs officials have reportedly held HTC device shipments as part of the company's ongoing legal battle with 3G patent holder IPCom. Patent analyst Florian Mueller notes that the incident is not an actual import ban ordered by a body such as the International Trade Commission, and it remains unclear if the shipments were eventually allowed to pass into the country ahead of a damages hearing held Friday in Mannheim courts.
HTC One to get February 19 reveal, land in the US on March 22
HTC’s 2013 flagship smartphone, which is to be known simply as the ‘One’ is expected to go on sale in the US on March 22, reports HTC Source. The device, formerly known by its M7 codename, will launch on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint for $200 on a two-year contract. For that price, users will get a 32GB model with the option to pay $300 for a 64GB model.
Image by HTC One with triple-stacked camera sensor on Flickr
A press photograph of the upcoming HTC M7 has leaked online, a week before the company is due to reveal the smartphone, and two weeks before Mobile World Congress. The image, showing what has been rumored to be called the HTC One, shows the mobile phone as having metalic edges and a nearly edge-to-edge touchscreen display.
Twitter source offers latest HTC leak
The upcoming flagship HTC smartphone, the M7, may actually be called the One, according to a rumor. The usage of the One would in theory capitalize on the company's One series of handsets, such as the One X and the One S, though if true, it could potentially cause customer confusion between a family of products and one single phone.