For those wanting a large screen tablet and a stock Android experience, the selection has been limited. The most common choice is Google’s Nexus 10, but unfortunately that tablet has not seen an update since its original release. Google spent more time refining their smaller Nexus 7 and left the Nexus 10 in the dust. Many have been waiting for a new Nexus 10 but have seen nothing. Recently, rumors have been spreading that Google is collaborating with HTC on a 9-inch tablet which is of course being called the Nexus 9. Fortunately, it looks like this device might be announced fairly soon.
This week MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien posted a tip from an anonymous source saying that HTC is planning on announcing its Nexus 9 tablet on October 16. Earlier this year, rumors were suggesting a release date of October 9th. Whether this information was incorrect or the date was just pushed back is unknown, but this new information is being considered true.
Anonymous tipster: The HTC Nexus 9 will be launched on 16th October…
— Paul O'Brien (@PaulOBrien) September 18, 2014
Since a Motorola Nexus 6 is also rumored for this year, it would not be surprising if Google released both devices at the same time. Hopefully, we will see some invites to a Google event in the next few months which would confirm the launch of something big. So mark your calendar for October 16 because all signs point to a reveal of the Nexus 9 and maybe even the Nexus 6.
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Sprint on Tuesday announced the upcoming arrival of the entry-level HTC Desire 510. Priced $199 outright, qualified Easy Pay can spread the cost out over 24 equal payments of $8.34 each.
Key specifications include Android 4.4 KitKat, HTC Sense, a 4.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 2-megapixel shooter, and 8GB internal storage. Additionally you’ll find a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, and the standard fare of connectivity.
Sprint will carry the HTC Desire 510 as soon as September 19. Both of its prepaid channels, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, are also expected to offer the phone. Arriving on the 22nd and 23rd, respectively, each will tap the phone with a $100 price tag.
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Monday is done for, so let’s talk a little Android news. The Oppo N3 will be announced next month, and there is a render that is circulating that shows a unique design. I kind of dig the render, but we will have to see if that is the official design for the next Oppo flagship. Enjoy the Daily!
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The technology space is an ever-growing monster. A manufacturer with a single product, or niche market if you will, can do pretty well, but expanding a product line and diving into new areas can pay off big. Samsung is in the electronics business so them branching out with different things is a given. HTC on the other hand is a manufacturer of smartphones. They have been in the business since 1997. Phones and tablets are what they know best and what they went into business for. Mobile technology is quickly expanding past phones and tablets, especially when Google and Android are involved. There are always rumors of what a manufacturer is working on and HTC is no stranger to the rumor mill. It has been damn near confirmed that they will be producing the Nexus 9. A more recent on again, off again rumor pegs them for an Android Wear watch possibly. They were a partner mentioned when Google first unveiled Android Wear. Now there is a new one floating around that entertains the idea that HTC will soon offer a small waterproof camera.
HTC has an event scheduled in New York on October 8th. The tag line for the invite is “Double Exposure.” That term is often synonymous with photography. Conversations sprung up about a new phone with more selfie orientated abilities, like wide-angle lenses and such. Heck, they even asked for invitees to send in a selfie. While it is likely, Bloomberg is reporting that HTC is actually developing its first camera, or at the very least, a camera accessory for your phone/tablet. The suspected details place it with a 16MP sensor and connect to your device with Bluetooth and WiFi. It will connect and work directly with Android and iOS.
There is mention of the device being tube-shaped, waterproof, offer an ultra wide-angle lens and might offer up dedicated apps for both OS’s. The details beyond that are pretty scarce.
If HTC is indeed working on their very own GoPro of sorts, it could be a big revenue booster for the company. Especially with cross-platform support. What do you think? If HTC produces something unique, useful, beautifully designed and priced right, would you be interested?
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It’s been a testy couple of weeks for HTC. It’s had new phones, plus rumors of a canceled wearable, a new tablet and a fragile deal with Amazon. What’s a company to do? If reports are true, the answer is “release a camera.” More specifically, a rugged GoPro-like device. Bloomberg’s sources suggest the forthcoming action cam would be tube-shaped (so more like Contour’s design), have a 16-megapixel sensor and an ultra-wide lens (though no specifics). The camera also reportedly has both Bluetooth and WiFi. WiFi isn’t uncommon in helmet cameras, letting you control it with apps and accessories, but Bluetooth suggests a closer relationship with a phone. More likely meaning it could be a standalone device, and one that’s tightly integrated with an HTC handset — much like Sony’s QX line of lens cameras. As luck would have it, HTC’s hosting an event in October, so whatever it is, we shouldn’t have to wait too long.
I want to say Google was the one who first started to pull out system apps and putting them to the Play Store. I am probably wrong on that front, but it has been a long time. Manufacturers have been slowly, but surely, bringing core apps out of the main OS and placing them on the Play Store. With developers able to target specific devices, software versions and other aspects in a released app, it is becoming more and more common to see device and OEM specific apps more or less publicly available. HTC continues to migrate their deeply integrated apps out of the hardware OS and place them on the Play Store. The latest addition is the HTC lock screen app.
All of you with a HTC One M8 know all about this lockscreen. Those with other manufacturer devices don’t, and you won’t unless you buy an HTC device. Pushing the app out of the software to the Play Store will give HTC the ability to solve specific issues, implement new features and avoid lengthy update timelines due to carrier checks. The release doesn’t offer up anything fantastic with the only new item listed as a “Mechanism to prevent you from unintentionally triggering factory reset.” Apparently that has been an issue for people.
Any users out there install the app yet? Have you had any issues? The Play Store comments don’t seem to be very favorable at all.
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NVIDIA has inadvertently confirmed the upcoming availability of the long-rumored HTC Volantis tablet. Known also as the Nexus 9, the tablet has been the subject of many a blog post over the last few months.
According to legal documents which have since been removed, the HTC Nexus 9 is expected to debut in Q3 of 2014. Given that this is likely to mean the fiscal calendar and not the one you and I stare at on the wall, this doesn’t mean we’ll get the tablet in the next few weeks. With that said, we can look forward to seeing a Tegra K1-powered experience.
The stars are aligning for a fall release of new Nexus products with a public introduction of Android L. In addition to the Nexus 9 tablet we are also on the lookout for a Nexus 6 or Nexus X smartphone from Motorola.
Cricket Wireless on Wednesday announced the upcoming availability of the HTC Desire 510. Set to arrive on September 19, the phone will be offered in Cricket stores and online. What’s more, the handset will also be sold at nearly 3,000 GameStop locations across the United States.
Powered by Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6, the Desire 510 features a 4.7-inch display and a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. Additionally, the smartphone offers a rear 5-megapixel camera, front-facing VGA shooter, 1GB RAM, and a 2100mAh battery. It’s not clear how much internal storage is offered in this model; however, HTC touts the device with 4GB and 8GB options.
The HTC Desire will be sold at $149.99 with no service contract needed. As a reminder, Cricket is offering a limited time promotion that includes additional monthly data at no extra costs.
As you may have noticed, that rumor of HTC making Amazon smartphones never panned out; Amazon ultimately designed the Fire phone itself. But was it a bogus story to begin with? Not if you ask The Information. Its sources claim that HTC landed a deal to make a low-end Amazon phone, but that AT&T freaked out when it heard that it wouldn’t have a US exclusive on the device. The carrier reportedly threatened to drop support for the higher-end Fire, forcing Amazon to scrap HTC’s project. That may have been a tough decision, as Amazon had supposedly offered to buy HTC before being turned down by its acquisition target’s independence-minded chairwoman, Cher Wang.
None of the companies involved have commented on the drama, so it may be tough to ever know the full story. The objections are at least plausible, however, since AT&T has a history of demanding exclusives for HTC-made specialty (read: gimmicky) phones like the First and Status. Whatever happened, HTC may have dodged a bullet — the Fire isn’t exactly a strong seller, and there’s no guarantees that a budget Amazon phone would have fared much better.
Source: The Information