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.
iPhone still most popular device
Apple grew its share among US smartphone owners during the last quarter to 41.6 percent, according to new comScore data. Data polled between October and January shows that Apple advanced 1 percentage point. The company's main rival, Samsung, grew ownership by 1.3 points, but remained firmly in second place at 26.7 percent. LG's share rose just 0.3 points to 6.9 percent, presumably on the back of the G2 and the Google-branded Nexus 5.
HTC Desire 310 has 4.5-inch 480x854 display, quad-core 1.3GHz processor
HTC has unveiled a new member of its Desire range of smartphones, following its Mobile World Congress launch of the mid-range Desire 610. The Desire 310 is the entry-level equivalent of the recent launch, offering a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 480x854, a quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4Gb of microSD-expandable storage.
HTC allegedly among poaching targets
Apple has been hiring "hundreds" of new engineers and supply chain managers in China and Taiwan, according to sources for the Wall Street Journal. In particular the company is said to be building up teams in Shanghai and Taipei to accelerate product development and ship a wider range of devices. The supply managers may be at least partly meant to cope with allegations of labor and safety abuses at supplier factories.
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.
One Apple suit valued at almost $2.2 billion
Germany's Mannheim Regional Court has dismissed two lawsuits against Apple and one against HTC, all of which were brought by IP holding firm IPCom, reports say. The cases revolved around a set of standards-essential 3G patents IPCom bought from Bosch after the latter exited the carphone industry. One of the suits, had it been successful, would have have demanded almost $2.2 billion in damages from Apple.
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.
Desire 816 will see US release in broader initiative to widen US presence
In addition to its distributed computing initiative, HTC has shown a pair of new handsets at this year's Mobile World Congress. Shown today was the low-cost Desire 610 handset, and the mid-range Desire 816 smartphone. Both phones will be available later in the spring, with a US release of the Desire 816 shortly after the European launch.
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.
Quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 5.5-inch 720p display, 13MP camera touted in Desire 8
New images of the HTC Desire 8 have been unearthed, as well as more claimed specifications of the smartphone. The marketing images from Weibo also suggest the manufacturer will be launching the mid-ranged device early next week, possibly at Mobile World Congress, despite the rumored flagship M8 expected to launch on the later March 25th.
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.
Samsung, LG make gains regardless
Of the 121 million smartphones sold in the US during 2013, Apple took home a 45 percent share, according to new NPD Group data. That represents a growth of 1 point annually. Samsung advanced two points though to a 26 percent share, while LG gained 3 points, moving up to 8 percent. HTC and Motorola both saw declines; the former from 10 to 6 percent, and the latter from 7 percent to 4.
HTC smart watch will be shown privately at Mobile World Congress
HTC will be showing part of a collection of smart watches behind closed doors at Mobile World Congress next week, according to a report. Bloomberg claims the company will use the trade show to demonstrate two prototype watches, one of which is apparently based on the Qualcomm Toq offering the same low-powered Mirasol display, Bluetooth connectivity, and music playback functionality.
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.
HTC Desire 8 launching in China this month
HTC has confirmed the existence of its upcoming Desire 8 smartphone, via a teaser on the company's Weibo account, at the same time as a separate leak shows the apparently-metallic appearance to the HTC M8. The Desire 8 image states there will be a launch on February 24th in Beijing, China for the phablet, which is currently believed to have a 5.5-inch display, with the launch date hinting at a dual launch at the same time as the opening day of Mobile World Congress.
Google requires pre-installed apps and default search
Information has surfaced about Google's Android licensing agreements that makes the operating system seem not quite as open as the company proclaims. Signed agreement documents with Samsung and HTC that had been previously unreleased have been revealed thanks to the Oracle v. Google case, and puts on display portions of the rules and conditions that come with using the free mobile operating system.
New flagships to receive all major Android updates for two years after launch
HTC will be providing all the main Android updates to its future flagship devices for a two-year period after their initial release in North America, the company has revealed. At the same time, a separate social media posting to celebrate Valentine's Day appears to be a tease for a new service, something which has been suggested to involve screen repairs.
5.5-inch display places Desire 8 between HTC One Max and HTC M8
Another HTC smartphone has leaked, continuing the Desire brand amid rumors of the impending M8 launch. The Desire 8 will apparently be a mid-range device with a 5.5-inch display, placing it between the HTC M8 and HTC One Max in terms of size alone, though the resolution and a number of key specifications for the device remain unknown.
Fourth quarter results of 2013 show year-on-year decline in revenue
HTC will be moving towards offering more lower-specification devices in the future, the company has revealed. The move toward mid-range smartphones comes at the same time as the company announced its results for the fourth quarter of 2013, as well as an estimate for the first quarter of 2014 suggesting it will see another drop in revenues.
HTC paying Nokia, pair will combine forces to work on LTE portfolio
Nokia and HTC have entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement and, as a result, have settled all pending patent litigation between them worldwide. HTC will make payments to Nokia, and the collaboration will involve HTC's LTE patent portfolio. The companies say they will also explore future technology collaboration opportunities. The full terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
Battery, display issues hampering HTC smart watch development
HTC is still planning to compete with Samsung and others in the smart watch market, by shipping a wearable device later this year, the company chairwoman has revealed in an interview. Work on a smart watch has been stalled by battery issues and other problems, according to Cher Wang, though the company hoping to launch some form of wearable item sometime before the holiday shopping season.
Twin cameras touted on back of new HTC flagship
The HTC M8 may have two camera sensors on the back, if a new photograph of the device is genuine. An image of what appears to be a complete back of an assembled smartphone shows a possible pair of camera sensors in positions revealed in an earlier rumor, rather than a fingerprint sensor, along with a dual-LED flash to the side of the main camera lens.
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.
Samsung advances to 26 percent
US iPhone ownership leapt to 42 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 35 percent a year ago, according to new NPD figures. Samsung phones also advanced, but from 22 percent to roughly 26 percent. LG was the only other major manufacturer to see a gain, inching ahead slightly to 8 percent. Motorola and HTC both fell under the 10 percent mark, and BlackBerry ownership shrank even further to 2 percent.
Claims independent development of COS increases security
A mobile operating system approved by the Chinese government has launched, in what it hopes use in its fight against the use of foreign-developed operating systems in devices and infrastructure. COS, the "China Operating System," has been developed by the ISCAS, the government, and Shanghai Liantong, though reports in August suggested that HTC was also involved in some way.
Motorola, LG, HTC suffer setbacks
Apple and Samsung increased their shares of the US smartphone market based on unverified shipment data in the September-November period versus June-August, new ComScore data shows. Apple advanced 0.5 points to 41.2 percent, maintaining overall control; Samsung, though, gained 1.7 points to hit 26 percent, narrowing the gap. In distant third was Motorola, down 0.2 points to 6.7 percent. LG dropped the same amount to 6.5 percent, but swapped places with HTC, which dipped a full point to 6.4 percent.
iPhone only smartphone with increased activity
Apple devices remained firmly in control of North American web traffic through Christmas, but the iPad lost some ground to devices from Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung, according to new Chitika analytics. The data was collected from "tens of millions" of devices between December 20th and the 29th, and used to gauge the growth or decline of various brands. Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone to gain share, advancing 1.8 percent to 54.3 percent of the market.
Embargo enforceable after Nokia shells out $550 million for bond
Earlier today, the Nokia versus HTC patent fight in Germany came to a dramatic close, as Nokia has been awarded a complete product embargo against all HTC Android devices sold in the country. The embargo is provisional upon appeal, but immediately enforceable when Nokia posts a 400 million Euro ($550 million) bond.
Taiwan prosecutors bring charges against HTC employees
Several HTC employees, including a vice president for design, are now facing charges in Taiwan for allegedly falsifying expenses, taking kickbacks, and leaking company secrets. Thomas Chien, an HTC design VP, allegedly leaked the interface design for an as yet unreleased smartphone, the TaiPei District Prosecutors Office told The Wall Street Journal. The other individuals facing charges have not been identified, but they are said to have worked in collaboration with Chien, with the eventual goal having been to form a new company along with the entities they leaked the information to.
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.
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.