It’s no secret, HTC has an image problem. Despite consistently creating some of our favorite phones, it’s failed to reach the heights of popularity of manufacturers like Samsung. That could soon change. In what is almost certainly not a coincidence, HTC has hired Samsung’s former Chief Marketing Officer, Paul Golden. The Verge confirmed the rumor, first picked up by Bloomberg, earlier this afternoon. Golden, who “created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand for Samsung,” according to his LinkedIn profile, was reportedly hired on as a consultant to Chairwoman Cher Wang.
Among other achievements, Golden attributes his work on the Galaxy brand with “a 4X increase in market share (from 4.5% to 21.0%) in the strategically critical smartphone segment.” HTC has repeatedly pointed back to marketing as one of its weakest points. In 2013, CEO Peter Chou pointed to weak marketing as the reason for poor financial performance, and, as Bloomberg point out, Wang reiterated that issue on April 8th, saying, “We just have to communicate well with our customers. I believe if we can communicate better, we will do better.”
With Robert Downey Jr. holding down the cats and Golden’s ability to bolster the next big thing, perhaps it’s finally HTC’s time to shine.
It is Monday, so let’s see what devices are getting updated. Seems that there is a nice little update rolling out to the Sprint Nexus 5, which just might be the first Android 4.4.3 rollout, but no one seems to no for sure. Let us know if you see a “3″ in your update settings.
One thing that tends to cross a lot of our minds when a new device is announced and launched, is what will happen to the previous model. In this case we are talking about the original HTC One (M7). While there are plenty out there that don’t really care because they root and run custom ROM’s anyways, there are still plenty who have been happy with their device as is. HTC knows that not everyone will be ready to upgrade, or ready to drop a ton of cash, for the new HTC One M8. With that in mind, President of HTC America, Jason Mackenzie, let loose a tweet that let everyone know that American and Canadian version of the HTC One M7 will see a Sense 6 update by the end of May.
Reminder that Sense 6 will push to current HTC One users by end of May. #htcadvantage
— Jason Mackenzie (@JasonMacHTC) April 14, 2014
The tweet doesn’t give up a link to a detailed page of what features of Sense 6 will be making its way to the older device, but we are sure there will be a happy medium.
HTC has done a pretty good job lately getting older devices caught up and sticking to timelines. Let’s hope this one holds true and the carriers are on board to push it quickly and not hold it back.
How many of you still run stock and plan to keep holding on to your One M7 through May at least?
Ready for Android news quick status? Well sadly, this video is a little longer than I would hope, but at least you get your Android news. The Moto X successor might be upon us soon, which I am actually looking forward to seeing. Robert Downey Jr. returns promoting HTC products, which was a pleasant sight to see. Enjoy the show!
Remember when HTC announced that Robert Downey Jr. was going to show up in HTC commercials? Iron Man promoting the all metal phone seemed like it couldn’t go wrong. Sadly, it didn’t exactly go right, and many of us wondered how much longer Downey was going to continue his campaigns. Gary Oldman starred in the very first New HTC One commercial, and it took a more serious, yet funny approach. Today, HTC released a new video for the New One, and look at that: Robert Downey Jr.
There are no trolls washing cars in this video. No, Downey gets a little serious with you, because he wants you to get yourself the All New HTC One. So check it out, and let us know what you think about it.
With the HTC One M8 hitting retail stores and carriers later this week, we’ve already started focusing our gaze on what’s next. Well, not entirely, but you get the point. Much like we had in the HTC One of 2013, we are expecting variations of the flagship device of this year. As such, rumors have started circulating lately for the so-called HTC One M8 Mini. Today sees another model joining the fray.
Called, for now, the HTC One M8 Ace, our first word of the device comes from ever-present evleaks. There’s no indication as to what is different about this model; it comes in red, though! Looking at the blurred photo we wouldn’t be surprised if this was more akin to a Max version.
We wonder what Samsung thinks of that “Ace” part of the name.
HTC M8 Ace pic.twitter.com/1KqrLA74Kp
— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 8, 2014
Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There’s so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need to be shared! Join us every Saturday as we highlight some of the most interesting discussions that happened during the past week.
Happy Saturday! Did you survive April Fools’ Day? We did and are here to bring you another edition of Feedback Loop. This week, we debated the merits of the Samsung Galaxy S5 versus the new HTC One, asked if cameras in tablets are a good idea, talked about how to find the best gadget deals online, sought advice on the best everyday cameras and wondered what’s up with these crazy luxury feature phones. Head on past the break and join the conversation in the Engadget forums.
S5 or M8?
Jaredhc is looking for a new Android phone. Two of the best Android phones out right now (or coming very soon) are the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new HTC One. There are pros and cons to each one. Which would you choose?
Are cameras in tablets a good idea?
We’ve all seen people take photos with an iPad. Sure, it looks ridiculous, but it’s often practical, right? That’s what GF wants to know. Tell him how you feel about cameras on tablets in the Engadget Forums!
Best time to buy items online?
Brucedude is looking for some good deals and wants to know your tips and tricks for finding the best deals. There are the more well-known tools like camelcamelcamel. Are there other things that come to mind? Head over to the forums and help him out!
Favorite everyday camera?
Engadget Associate Editor Emily Price has her eye on the Fujifilm X100S. Do you have experience with the X100S? Can she throw it in a bag and carry it around all day or are there better options? Tell her your preferred camera for everyday use!
What’s up with luxury feature phones?
John Colucci takes a look at some recently announced luxury feature phones. Starting at $2,000 and offering fairly subpar specs, these devices leave a bit to be desired for your average smartphone user. Worst of all, you can’t even install the Engadget App on them! So, who would buy these devices? If you happen to be a Russian oligarch who reads Engadget (hey, that’s awesome), let us know what appeals to you about these phones.
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Welcome my Android friends. Time to give you some of that precious Android news in a hurry. At least I hope it is in a hurry. Last week, I started doing this type of video just to relieve some of the burden of my double life as a workforce, 8-5 worker, and balancing the YouTube life. Trying to keep these videos quick, and today I achieve that…somewhat. HTC decided to play the false benchmark score game, which breaks my heart a little. The Galaxy S5 apparently has the best display, which I congratulate them for. Enjoy the show!
Welcome to Weekends with Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines from the past seven days — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. For even more news, subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!
Earlier this week, the internet responded to Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR with a swift fury. But it’s not all bad news. Our own Marc Perton points out, the deal doesn’t change the essence of the Oculus Rift, or its potential for non-gaming applications.
HTC’s new One is official, and it’s quite the looker. With a sleek unibody chassis reminiscent of last year’s model, the new One packs a larger 5-inch screen, and a brand new version of its Sense UI. What’s more, the handset is one sale in the US today, starting at $199 for the 16GB version.
Last week, NPR announced that it joined iTunes Radio as the music streaming service’s first news channel. It may be the exclusive station for iDevice users at the moment, but we expect that won’t last for long.
The new ThinkPad X1 Carbon brings everything Lenovo fans loved about the original X1 Carbon, just in a lighter, slimmer package. Some users, however, may not enjoy its new “adaptive panel,” which replaces the traditional Fn keys. You can pick one up for $1,259, but be warned: the X1 Carbon has the shortest battery life in its class.
The Turkish government has struck again, this time banning YouTube in what appears to be an attempt to remove videos that contain evidence of political corruption. At this point, the restriction is active on several ISPs and continues to roll out.
The iBeacon is a small Apple device that boosts iPhone location services through Bluetooth — and the San Francisco Giants are outfitting their entire stadium with the tech. For the Giants, as well as 19 other MLB teams following suit, the iBeacon is yet another way to bring mobile interaction with fans to the next level.
Mark Zuckerberg’s social network turned 10 this year, so we took a look back at its design changes over the course of the decade. From profile redesigns to quarterly News Feed tweaks and open betas, constantly adapting aesthetics to catering to user habits has been a driving force for Facebook for quite some time.
After quite a few leaks, Microsoft officially outed its Office for iPad offering. Those curious to try it out will need an Office 365 subscription in order to opt in and OneDrive for cloud accessibility, making it an optimal choice for those already invested in Redmond’s wares. Click through for all of the details in our full review.
As you’re probably aware, Facebook dropped $2 billion on Oculus VR with the intent to bring “completely new kinds of experiences” to us all. And while that leaves much to the imagination, Chaotic Moon studios has an idea of what that could look like.
The New York Times managed to get a glimpse of documents suggesting that the NSA was hacking into the email account of Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei. Apparently the government has been creating “back doors” in the company’s systems since 2009.
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The All New HTC One is officially in our lives now, and some lucky enthusiasts out there have already gotten their hands on it. As much as I am jealous of that notion, we are going to start getting some goodies from the New One, and we know how much you guys love wallpaper, so we got the entire collection for you from the All New One.
About a month ago, evleaks leaked out a couple of the new HTC One’s wallpaper, and they were pretty to admire on our devices. Now we have more, so hit the download link below to grab them all and let us know what you think of them.