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4
Aug

HTC One M9 receiving Android 5.1 update in EMEA starting tomorrow


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Waiting patiently for your HTC One M9 to get Android 5.1 Lollipop? We know it’s hard to be patient, but many of you will soon be blessed with the OTA update. HTC Product and Service Director at HTC EMEA Graham Wheeler just tweeted the upgrade would be coming tomorrow for EMEA HTC One M9 devices. Just in case you are out of the loop on this one, EMEA stands for “Europe,  Middle East and Africa”, so get ready if you are an HTC One M9 user in any of the included markets.

This comes as great news to many of you, as the update is arriving a little late for you. I mean, the Developer Edition got Android 5.1 last month. Even US carrier versions got it before the EMEA editions, with AT&T, T-Moble and Sprint iterations all up to date!

The Android 5.1 update will grant you a healthy list of improvements. Among them are Quick Settings improvements, upgrades to the Contacts app, new animations, system volume tweaks and more. Of course, many of the new features will change depending on your device, but you should all at least see most changes Google baked into Android 5.1 Lollipop.

As it goes with any update, we will likely see this one rolling out periodically. Sit tight if you don’t see your notification right away. And try not to destroy your screen by checking for updates every few seconds! And don’t forget to hit the comments when you get the update – let us know how it’s treating you!

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3
Aug

Get a brand new Nexus 9 for just $350


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While the HTC Nexus 9 has garnered some mixed reviews in its life, there’s still a lot of positives to be said about the tablet and it is easily one of the best Android tablets on there on the market today. For those looking to pick one up without paying full price, right now it is being offered from Ebay seller Gravitybuys for just $349.99, a pretty significant discount over the list price of $479 (27% off).

With the exception of HTC’s previous Hot Deals sale price, this is one of the cheapest prices we’ve ever seen the Nexus 9 listed for. And yes, this is in brand new condition in original packing and not a refurbished unit.

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As a refresher, the Nexus 9 is powered by a dual-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB RAM, and boasts an 8.9-inch display with a 2048 x 1536 resolution. Other specs include an 8MP rear camera, a 1.2MP front facing camera, 32GB storage, Bluetooth v4.1 with apt-X, NFC, dual-band WI-Fi and a non-removable 6700 mAh battery. Android Lollipop will also come pre-installed out of the box, though you can expect the Android M upgrade to roll out sometime shortly after its final release.

If you are all interested in picking up the Nexus 9 for just $350, you better act quickly, as the seller says supplies are limited. What do you think, anyone picking this one up?

Buy now on Ebay!

3
Aug

Mid-range HTC Desire 728 leaks in photos, shows off dual front facing speakers


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HTC’s upcoming budget-friendly Desire 728 has leaked in photos showing pretty much every look and angle of the device. It’s fairly in line with HTC’s mid-range lineup, including the plastic body and dual front facing speakers. The bezels on the device are a little smaller than what we’re used to seeing, though, even though it does have those signature BoomSound speakers, so maybe HTC is trying to figure out a way to include great sound without making a device too tall and unwieldy. Other than that, though, the Desire 728 looks like a solid phone, just without anything particularly exciting about the design.

Specs are likely to include a 1.3 GHz MediaTek processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, a 13 megapixel camera, and a 2,800 mAh battery. The screen looks like a 720p 5.5-inch display, so despite the smaller bezels this definitely won’t be a small phone by any stretch.

We probably won’t ever see this one outside of China, but it should give us a glimpse at where HTC is going with their newer iterations of Desire phones.

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via: Phone Arena

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3
Aug

The biggest 3 challenges facing major Android OEM’s


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There’s a fair bit of doom and gloom in the smartphone market right now. Samsung just announced its fifth quarterly drop in profits in a row as mobile division profits fell 37.6% compared to last year. HTC is posting a net loss of more $250 million. Sony’s mobile division lost $184 million. Even an apparent success like LG only managed a 1% sales increase in mobile.

You may imagine the difference is being swallowed up by the big Chinese players, but Lenovo’s net profit fell, even as revenue rose. It says that Motorola, acquired from Google last year, is on course to be profitable again by the end of the year or early 2016. Huawei and Xiaomi have increased market share, but it’s not clear how profitable they actually are. We know that Xiaomi’s margins are tight.

What’s the problem here? We just saw a report stating that worldwide smartphone shipments are up 12% year-on-year for Q2 of 2015. Why isn’t everyone making money? There are three major hurdles that are tripping everyone up right now.

Falling prices

This is the statistic that’s hurting everyone the most. We talked about the race to the bottom before, but the fall in prices is extreme. The average selling price (ASP) of an Android smartphone has been dropping every year and it’s lower than ever now. It was $441 back in 2010, and it was just $254 last year. This year it will be lower.

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Margins are being squeezed. It’s impossible for manufacturers to make the same profit as before when the ASP is dropping, unless they can find some other way to cut costs. What has actually been happening is that costs have increased, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

How to differentiate

What makes one smartphone stand out over the others? Commoditization has led to a smartphone market where devices are broadly very similar, if not identical. Innovation has slowed to crawl, it may even be sliding backwards. What’s the last major feature that was added to a flagship smartphone that you had never seen before? Biometric security, waterproofing, a heart rate sensor? What we’re mostly seeing now is an incremental improvement on the last model, but in terms of feature set, we’re actually seeing some movement back the way – to reduce features.

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The other way that OEMs can get noticed is to spend on marketing, but it’s hugely expensive and it’s difficult to accurately measure the return. It’s also ridiculously easy to get it wrong and blow a chunk of cash on an ineffective campaign. It’s hard not to mention HTC here. A double whammy of terrible advertising and releasing almost the same exact flagship phone as the previous year seems to have hit the company hard.

Most of the major Android OEMs have also been guilty of releasing loads of different models that aren’t all that different. It’s confusing. It may also hurt the brand for someone like Samsung, trying to sell at the high end, if a customer’s first experience is of a budget, entry-level device that’s less than perfect. When they renew and want a better phone, they probably won’t choose Samsung. Is it worth the small profit on a budget device if you lose the customer when they trade up?

Rising costs

The falling ASP would be okay if the cost of making smartphones also kept dropping, but it isn’t. OEMs have been adding features to try and differentiate and it has increased the cost of every handset made. Samsung is the best example here because it kept trying to pack in more and more features. The Galaxy S5 cost $256 to produce. The Galaxy S4 cost $236 to produce. Yet they were sold at the same price.

A few manufacturers have moved to cut costs, or they’ve been forced to ignore certain new features in order to keep costs down. The move to make smartphones tougher, for example, by adding waterproofing, has been reversed by Samsung and ignored by others. Is it possible to make a superphone that’s feature-packed and still turn a healthy profit?

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While Samsung has been able to charge a premium for the S6 Edge, OnePlus had to cut features to meet a tight price envelope

The pace must be impacting here too. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was able to keep selling for years after release. As the numbers ramped up Samsung will surely have managed to cut the cost of production. If new phones never achieve the numbers then those costs won’t fall, but discounting still has to kick in as a phone ages or nobody will buy it – they’ll just buy one of the latest releases instead.

Why is Apple different?

The WSJ reported on the latest research report from Canaccord Genuity which suggested that Apple took 92% of the total smartphone industry profits last quarter, which is actually down from 93% the quarter before. Samsung took 15% of the profits, and that fact they don’t add up is because many others made a loss. Samsung sold 20 million more smartphones than Apple, and yet made a fraction of the profit.

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How is Apple doing it? If you look at our three major challenges, you can see how Apple is bucking every one of them. The ASP of an iPhone right now is $687. It’s heading towards three times the Android ASP. Apple stands out because it has a tiny all-premium range, runs its own exclusive platform, and has a strong brand. The cost of producing an iPhone 6, according to IHS, is around $200, just like the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5 before it.

Not bad for us

There’s something else important that’s worth remembering in all this. What’s good for OEMs isn’t necessarily what’s good for us. We want the best smartphones we can get at the lowest prices we can get them and that’s exactly where Android has been going. But it might not be able to go much further down that road.

There’s still room for premium brands and niche markets with special feature sets. There are still profits being made. But the days of flagships hurtling towards ever more impressive specs and features without a jump in cost are surely numbered.

3
Aug

HTC Desire 828w passes through TENAA


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HTC’s Desire range continues to expand at a pretty rapid rate, as a new Desire 828w handset has appeared passing through China’s TENAA certification center.

The Desire 828w appears to be a very familiar mid-range design. The certification states that the smartphone will come with a 5.5-inch 1080p display backed up by a familiar Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and 2GB of RAM. The phone is also listed with 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for 128GB of extra space, a 13 megapixel rear camera, 4 “Ultrapixel” front facing camera and Android 5.1 Lollipop on board with HTC’s Sense 6.0 software.

Hardware wise, the phone appears virtually identical to the Desire 826, which HTC launched earlier in the year. However, the pictures from TENAA suggest that the phone has undergone a bit of a redesign. The phone has adopted much rounder edges and dual speaker/microphone grills, although it’s not clear if the phone features two front facing speakers underneath. The smartphone measures 157.7×78.8×7.9mm and weighs 150g.

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The phone comes in black, blue, gold, grey, orange, red and white color options but we don’t have any pricing information yet. We will have to wait and see if the Desire 828w will appear outside of the Chinese market.

3
Aug

HTC Desire 828w gets TENAA certification in China


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A device from HTC belonging to the Desire line received certification from TENAA in China. The new Desire handset will reportedly have model number 828w. The handset looks to be a revision of the HTC Desire 826 which was released just a year ago. This variant, called the Desire 828w, comes with Android 5.1.1 out of the box and includes HTC’s signature BoomSound front-facing speakers. The handset will be offered in both single and dual SIM versions.

The TENAA certification shows it will be 7.9mm thin and weigh only 150 grams. HTC will most likely release the handset in a variety of colors like its predecessor. Beginning with black and white and adding additional color options such as Red, Orange, Deep Blue, Gray and Gold to select markets at a later date.

As of now, there is no word on pricing or availability

Source: TENAA
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31
Jul

HTC acquires stake in Virtual Reality Platform WEVR


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HTC is branching away from just offering smartphones and one of its new branches is in the field of Virtual Reality. Earlier this year, the company announced the HTC Vive VR headset and today, it has announced plans to build its VR ecosystem with the help of virtual reality platform WEVR.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has spent nearly $10 million on a 15 percent stake in WEVR, which is an open VR platform and community based in Los Angeles, USA. With HTC aiming to build the ecosystem and content for its Vive headset, the investment in WEVR is likely to play a crucial part in achieving this.

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The Vive – alongside other non-smartphone products like the Re camera and ReGrip– is a departure from HTC’s traditional product portfolio but a necessity given the company’s dwindling financial performance. The company released its flagship HTC One M9 smartphone earlier this year but despite this, its shares hit a ten-year low as the M9 failed in the face of increased competition from Samsung, LG and other OEMs including Huawei, Xiaomi and ZTE.

We went hands on with the HTC Vive at MWC earlier this year and the headset certainly offers a unique experience compared to other VR products. For HTC however, it needs to deliver a wealth of content in order to persuade customers to actually buy the headset, especially given that it may be more expensive than the incumbent, Oculus Rift.


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Do you think HTC’s Virtual Reality efforts will pay off? Is VR important to you? Have you used a VR headset and if so, which one and what did you think? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!

28
Jul

[Deal] Select HTC products, including the One M9 and Nexus 9, see huge discounts


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For today only, HTC is offering huge savings on many of its new devices. The deal applies to the One M9, Nexus 9, RE Camera, accessories, and more. This sale could mean that HTC is getting ready to introduce new devices in the near future, but we haven’t received many details other than the rumored ‘Hima Aero’ phone.

  • HTC One M9 for $468.75 (25% off)
  • Nexus 9 for $239.40 (40%)
  • HTC RE Camera for $99 (50% off)
  • All HTC accessories discounted (50% off)

These are incredible savings but you shouldn’t wait long to make a purchase. The sale ends tonight at 11:59PM ET.

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28
Jul

HTC Summer Sale begins, discounts on the M9, Re, and more


If you’ve had your eye on an HTC device but couldn’t quite stomach the price, today might be your day to finally take the plunge.  HTC has launched a Summer Sale, with discounts across their product line.

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These discounts equate to:

  • One M9 (32GB):  $487
  • Nexus 9:  16GB for $240 and 32GB for $287
  • Re camera:  $100

Be aware that the sale only lasts one day, so you better make that decision quickly!  Hit up the sale link below.

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28
Jul

HTC Summer Sale – 25 percent off the One M9 and more


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HTC has launched its official summer sale, offering big of discounts on its One M9 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet, along with half price RE cameras and a selection of accessories for various devices.

Kicking off the summer sale is a 25 percent discount on the company’s latest HTC One M9 flagship. This saving means that you can grab the unlocked model for a very reasonable $468.75, rather than $649. HTC is also throwing in its free UH OH protection with your order, which offers a free replacement phone for a broken screen or water damage.

The Nexus 9 tablet is also on sale, with an even more tempting 40 percent off the regular retail price. The 16GB WiFi model has seen its price fall from $399 to $239.40, while you can pick up the 32GB model for $287.40, rather than the usual cost of $479.

The biggest discounts have been applied to HTC’s little RE camera and a selection of accessories for the company’s products, all of which have had their prices cut by a huge 50 percent. The RE camera now costs just $99.50 rather than $199. Accessories available range from cases, to chargers and Nexus keyboards.

The summer sale is available directly through the HTC website. For more information on HTC’s hardware, feel free to check out the reviews below.

Summer Sale Reviews:

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The sale is open to US residents only and will end at 11:59pm PDT tonight, July 28th. So you will have to hurry if you want to grab yourself a bargain from HTC.

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