HTC One available as low as $25 per month
HTC Is now offering its HTC One flagship handset for $0 down on an installment plan. The manufacturer unveiled on Thursday a new page touting the offer, which works much like purchasing a phone through a carrier with no money down. Customers submit to a credit check, and if their credit checks out, they can get HTC's flagship device for as little as $25 per month.
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.
Taiwanese manufacturer looks to better PR efforts
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC is now taking a long look at its global public relations efforts, according to a new report from Advertising Age. The struggling mobile device maker is examining a number of the world's larger PR firms, including Waggener Edstrom and others, as it seeks to better situate its brand in the minds of consumers. The new global agency review comes just a month after the company's head of global public relations retired.
HTC M8 to have 1080p 5-inch screen
HTC's follow-up to this year's One flagship smartphone will pack an even larger display than its predecessor, as well as the newest version of Android at launch. This according to well-sourced leaker @evleaks, who posted specs on the as-yet-unreleased device. The newest information on the M8's specs indicates a Snapdragon 800 processor powering the device.
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.
Campaign violates local fair-trade regulations
Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has reportedly levied a $340,000 fine against Samsung in response to an online marketing campaign targeting HTC. The Korean company in April admitted to paying shill commenters for posting negative feedback regarding HTC devices and positive buzz surrounding Samsung handsets.
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.
Position tied to release cycles
The launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c put Apple back on top of US smartphone sales during the month of September, new data from Counterpoint Research indicates. Samsung had been holding that spot since May, peaking at 37 percent in August. In September, though, Apple shot from 17 percent up to 39 percent, pushing Samsung down to 29 percent. The companies' next closest competitor, LG, slipped back under 10 percent, a threshold it was over between June and August. HTC, Motorola, and Nokia each have less than 5 percent of the US market.
HTC previously worked with Microsoft on smart watch, claims CEO
HTC is still working on a tablet and may also bring out a wearable device in the future, according to management at the troubled phone producer. CEO Peter Chou and chairwoman Cher Wang advised that, though it left the US tablet market after underwhelming sales of devices such as the HTC Flyer, it could return to the market with "something nice and disruptive."
AT&T retains top spot among US carriers
Apple and the iPhone have topped JD Power's smartphone satisfaction study for the 10th time in five years, according to a newly-released chart. With a score of 856, the company beats out rivals like Nokia (840), Samsung (839), and and HTC (829). AT&T remains the US carrier with the most overall customer satisfaction, garnering a score of 843; trailing behind are Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Among iPhone users, though, Verizon is the top carrier.
One of three HTC-Amazon smartpones said to be in advanced development stage
HTC could be working with Amazon on a number of smartphones, according to a report. The two are apparently in "an advanced stage of development" on the mobile devices, and while a total of three smartphones are claimed, one of the devices is said to be close to completion, though it is unlikely to be released anytime this year.
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.
Talks claimed to have started in August, could turn HTC around
Lenovo could be planning to take over troubled Taiwanese smartphone producer HTC in the future, according to rumors. The Chinese notebook manufacturer is said to have met with HTC in a secret meeting in late August about the potential acquisition, which could be beneficial to both sides if such a deal can be agreed upon by the two companies.
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.
Super-sized HTC One on its way to Verizon
A model of the HTC One Max has shown up in images online sporting Verizon carrier branding. An Android Central forum poster shared the images on Saturday, and they appear to confirm the super-sized One Max, as well as its Verizon destination. HTC has yet to even confirm the One Max, but Saturday's is just the latest in a string of leaks regarding the device.
Apple increases lead from Samsung, iOS still behind Android
Apple continues to have the highest market share of smartphones, according to the latest comScore MobiLens report. While Android manages to top the list of smartphone platforms for the period, Apple managed to increase its lead on Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and LG from the start of the period by 1.5 percent, reaching a new market share total of 40.7 percent.
5c close behind in some cases
The iPhone 5s was the top-selling smartphone at all four major US carriers during the month of September, according to data from Canaccord Genuity. The iPhone 5c, moreover, came in second place at AT&T and Sprint, taking third at Verizon and T-Mobile. Filling in the top three at each carrier was the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Possible cut, elimination of license fee could make Windows Phone more attractive
Microsoft is still seeking to expand the reach of its Windows Phone operating system, at the possible expense of Android. A report claims that Microsoft asked HTC to add Windows Phone to its smartphones as an alternative mobile OS choice, giving users the ability to select which software they want to use on their device.
First loss in HTC corporate history since going public
Samsung and HTC have both released unaudited quarterly earnings estimates, with wildly different results. While Samsung states it enjoys an operating profit of 10.1 trillion won ($9.3 billion), HTC managed to have a net loss of NT$2.97 billion ($101 million), its first quarterly loss in the company's history since it went public.
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.
Custom Android branches by each company responsible for boosts
Following reports of Samsung rigging benchmarking scores on its Galaxy S 4 flagship device and Galaxy Note 3 phablet, the entire speed-testing process for Android devices has come under some fire by enthusiast websites. It has been discovered that most, if not all, of the Android device manufacturers -- including Samsung, HTC, and Asus -- are guilty of artificially boosting benchmarking results by identifying the benchmark application by name, with the phone OS branch customized to then have the processor to run, and stay, at maximum speed possible for the duration of the tests.
ITC complaint victory by Nokia forces changes in HTC One, others
HTC is being forced to change the design of the HTC One yet again, along with other devices in its range, in order to avoid more legal trouble from Nokia. Following the first stage victory of Nokia in its ITC complaint against HTC, the manufacturer is now working on a way to improve the HTC One's radio components, without infringing on Nokia's patents.
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.
Carlyle Group moves in as new investor
As expected, Beats Electronics has split from its partnership with HTC. The latter company has announced that it has sold back its 25 percent stake in Dr. Dre's audio brand, after dumping its controlling stake last year. The latest stock buyback is valued at $265 million.
Complete process leading up to embargoes can take up to another year
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has given a preliminary ruling, finding against HTC in its battle with Nokia. HTC has been found in violation of a pair of patents that are not standards essential -- US Patent number 6,393,260 on a "method for attenuating spurious signals and receiver," and US Patent number 7,415,247 on a "method and arrangement for transmitting and receiving RF signals through various radio interfaces of communication systems."
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.
HTC drops 30 American employees
HTC America will let go one-fifth of its employees, it was announced on Friday. The struggling smartphone manufacturer, once the company to beat in the Android market, has fallen on hard times as Samsung has risen to prominence, and on Friday HTC announced that it would be letting go of 30 employees and contractors from its 150-member American operations. A representative called the move "a decisive action by HTC Corp. (US) to streamline and optimize our organization and improve efficiencies after several years of aggressive growth."
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 One X set to get Android 4.2.2
HTC and carrier partners are reportedly distributing an Android update for the One X smartphone. As noted by GottaBeMobile, French carrier SFR has released Android 4.2.2 builds with HTC's updated Sense 5.5 overlay, bringing the phone up from Android 4.1 and Sense 4, however details of a rollout through other carriers remain unclear.
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.
Logitech launches folios for Galaxy Tab 3 lineup, HTC outs BoomBass
Logitech has introduced a new range of folios for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 range. Currently, the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is only available for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 though the Folio Protective Cases are available for the 10.1, 8, and 7 variants. Both folios utilize Logitech's water repellant materials, and give Galaxy Tab 3 devices protection for both the front and rear, while also offering auto on and off functions when the case is opened.
HTC targets the mid-range and low-end with Desire 601, Desire 300
HTC has reveled its latest pair of Android smartphones, the Desire 601 and the Desire 300. HTC is aiming the Desire 601 at the mid-range market, with the device carrying over a number of the software and hardware features from its flagship HTC One, including some of its looks. The HTC Desire 300 is aimed at entry-level smartphone users and consequently drops some features in the process, but retains the BlinkFeed social aggregation interface.
Three men headed to mainland China to start a design firm
Three exiting HTC designers and executives have been arrested in Taiwan, under suspicion of stealing trade secrets related to the HTC One design from the manufacturer. Prosecutors confirmed that HTC vice president of design Thomas Chien, senior manager of design Justin Huang, and development director Wu Chien-Hung were picked up by police. As a result of this and other executive churn in the company, the company's shares fell today over six percent.
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.
Discussions between HTC and Chinese government over mobile OS touted
HTC is working on its own mobile operating system for China, according to a report. The mobile OS, said to be monitored by HTC chairwoman Cher Wang, would have close integration with China-centric apps and web services, such as Weibo, and could potentially make an appearance on HTC mobile devices by the end of this year.
Image, specifications allege Snapdragon S4 processor, 8MP camera
A new HTC smartphone is on the way, according to a new leak. The mid-range HTC Zara is said to have a 4.5-inch qHD (960x540) display driven by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus running at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM, wrapped inside what appears to be a plastic-backed smartphone casing that also takes some cues from the flagship HTC One.
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.
Report claims Beats Electronics plans buyback of remaining shares from HTC
The producer of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line could be forcing out HTC as an investor and replacing it with another in the future, according to a report. Beats Electronics is said to be looking to buy back the remaining 25-percent ownership stake controlled by HTC, a move similar to one performed by the company last year after allegations of HTC failing to meet certain contractual obligations.
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.
HTC rolls the dice on $1 billion global campaign starring Robert Downey Jr.
HTC's first full ad with Robert Downey Jr. has leaked out with an anonymous tipster using a hidden camera to shoot the footage of the ad running during a private screening. The unusual ad puts forward HTC's "Change brand platform," that will also make its way into a range of digital, social, PR and other channels from August 15. The first ad focuses on word associations with the letters HTC as the company aims to raise brand awareness of the company and its devices among consumers in key markets.