Samsung follows close behind
Apple has topped a 2014 JD Power ranking of customer satisfaction among US smartphone owners. Each smartphone maker is scored according to metrics for performance, physical design, features, and ease of use, and relative to each of the four major US carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Apple is in first place with all four carriers, but trailed closely by Samsung.
Report claims Google considering switch from Asus to HTC for next Nexus tablet
HTC may be working with Google to produce the Nexus 8 tablet for a third-quarter release, according to a report. Marking a departure from its previous work with Asus for the Nexus 7 tablet, the move to partnering with HTC apparently stems from previous production discussions before Asus became involved, though there is also talk of it possibly being the last iteration of Nexus tablet.
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.
HTC news reader app, Zoe camera being prepared for non-HTC use
HTC is preparing to offer its BlinkFeed news reader app to all Android devices in the future. The app has appeared in Google Play but is currently available to download only on the new HTC One, along with a number of other apps associated with the Sense 6 Android user interface, and could be the first of a number of the apps set to appear on smartphones from other manufacturers.
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.
European 2G, 3G, 4G patents from Ericsson used by Unwired Planet in lawsuit
Huawei, Google, HTC, and Samsung have become the targets for two patent infringement lawsuits, filed simultaneously in the United Kingdom and Germany. Unwired Planet, the owner of 2,400 wireless patents it acquired from Ericsson last year, claims a total of six patents have been infringed by the technology company group. Although Unwired Planet has not estimated the possible value of the UK action, the company is seeking at least 30 million euro ($42 million) from the German case.
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.
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.