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HTC Zoe App update hits the Play Store

Android Apps_HTC Zoe_update_083115_7A new update for HTC’s Zoe app has rolled out in the Play Store for select HTC One users. This update will include a new smart trim feature and longer clips.

The new smart trim tool allows users to shorten their video clips within the app. HTC has also raised the limit of seconds per Zoe from 30 seconds to a whopping 3 minutes or 180 seconds. For people who use the app on a daily basis and shoot Zoe’s all the time, this will be a welcome enhancement. You can download the update at the link below.

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The HTC One A9 is the name of HTC’s next flagship

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HTC‘s future is looking pretty bleak right now after posting repeated quarters of loss, culminating in the layoff of 15% of its workforce. It’s pretty clear that HTC’s next flagship is going to have a huge weight on its shoulders, and we may have a name to put to that device now: the HTC One A9. Specifically, the “A” stands for “Aero” and it’s rumoured that thanks to the MediaTek Helio X20 processor in it, it’s going to be the first smartphone with a deca-core processor. The name was leaked by none other than @evleaks, and it’s said that the device will be launched either in late 2015 or very early 2016.

Other notable features of the One A9 include 4GB RAM and a Quad HD display. Word is the rear facing camera is also going to be improved. It’s difficult to tell whether HTC is going to be able to recover from this position without a lot of luck and hard work, but we hope for their sakes they can come up with something revolutionary.

What do you think about the HTC One A9? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter via TalkAndroid

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It looks like HTC’s deca-core Aero smartphone will be known as the HTC One A9

Android Smartphones_HTC_Aero_One-A9_twitter post_083015According to a recent tweet from Evan Blass, HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone will be known as the HTC One A9. According to recent reports, the A in A9 stands for Aero. The new flagship will likely hit the market in late 2015 or early 2016 and will likely be the first ever smartphone to be powered by a deca-core processor.

The HTC One M9 rumors are beginning to heat up. We’re expecting the flagship to include a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, a first of its kind deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor backed with 4GB of RAM and an improved rear-facing camera with support for RAW photography.

We’re expecting the HTC One A9 to launch on AT&T and be priced between $500 – $600 off contract. We should find out more in the coming months.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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HTC CEO Peter Chou joins digital production firm to strengthen VR endeavors

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Every manufacturer worth its salt is entering the VR market one way or another, but very few have managed to impress us like HTC did with the Vive VR headset. This system is very special, and you can bet the Taiwanese manufacturer is putting a lot of time and effort into it. So much that HTC CEO Peter Chou is getting a second gig just to gain more knowledge in digital production.

Peter Chou is to join Digital Domain as an executive director, effective August 30th. This company has been behind the digital production of popular movies, such as Iron Man 3, Tron: Legacy and Her. They are also responsible for animations in famous games like Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Destiny and others. When it comes to digital production, these guys sure know what they are doing.


The idea is to bring some technical knowledge on VR to HTC, as it is a market the Taiwanese manufacturer has no true experience on. The HTC Vive is already an impressive VR headset, so we can’t wait to see what it’s like after the finalized product hits the store shelves. The commercial release is not expected until next year, though, so we won’t see any this move bearing any fruits soon.

As it stands, the HTC Vive is one of the most exciting VR headsets thanks to its location-aware technology, which uses a bevy of sensors and wall-mounted lasers. While other headsets only allow users to look up, down, left and right, the HTC Vive has you walking around things, effectively granting full immersion. It’s hard to efficiently convey this experience – you just need to try it.

More details will surely come in due time, so let’s keep calm and have Peter Chou do his thing for a while.


HTC’s Peter Chou joins visual effects firm behind ‘Iron Man 3’

No, Peter Chou isn’t leaving HTC. As the company is gearing up to launch its virtual reality platform (and another flagship phone) later this year, the co-founder has decided to pick up a second role at renowned visual effects company, Digital Domain, to strengthen his company’s VR know-how. That’s according to a statement from HTC, anyway. For those who don’t know, Digital Domain is the digital production house behind movies like Iron Man 3 (seems like HTC just can’t get enough of Robert Downey Jr.), Her and Tron: Legacy. It also made animated clips in games including Assassin’s Creed Unity, Destiny and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Chou will officially join the Hong Kong-owned company as an executive director on August 31st, but it’ll obviously be a while before we see what this will bring to the HTC Vive.

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HTC Vive won’t ship until Q1 2016

The HTC Vive is the lovechild of phone maker HTC and gaming giant Valve that aims to bring VR into the home in an affordable and easy to use way. Many have tapped it as one of the most promising upcoming offerings in the growing VR space which includes well known names like Oculus. Unfortunately it looks like most people won’t be able to get their hands on the Vive until Q1 2016. Today at PAX Prime expo, Valve released a statement saying that “HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems” later this year, “with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016.”

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Announced in March, developer units have been around since May and it’s disappointing that we won’t see mass shipment of units this year but if HTC and Valve need the extra time to get it right, then that’s exactly what they should do. VR is something that can be incredibly powerful but hasn’t taken off yet due to no-one really getting it right. We’ve seen a lot of promising new technologies recently either take longer to get off the ground or never get there at all due to a premature launch.

Pushing back the release until Q1 2016 will mean that the Vive will release about the same time as the Oculus (Q1 2016) and Sony’s Project Morpheus (first half of 2016). It will be interesting to see who can take hold of the market.

Who do you think has the most promising offering? The Vive from HTC and Valve, the Facebook backed Oculus or Sony’s Project Morpheus? Let us know in the comments who you’re keeping your eye on.

Source: The Verge

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Verizon launches mid-range Desire 626 for $192


Verizon has just launched HTC’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Desire 626, in the United States. The handset is available to purchase from the carrier for $192 up front or for $8 per month on a 24-month contact.

For those in need of a quick recap of its specifications, the Desire 626 packs a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 quad-core chipset, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing shooter and a 2,000mAh battery.

The Desire 626 runs the latest build of Android 5.1 Lollipop straight out of the box, skinned with HTC’s Sense 7 custom user interface, which provides users with access to a plethora of exclusive features, including BlinkFeed.

Check out the handset’s promotional images in the gallery below:

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HTC Vive will see a staggered launch with ship dates rolling into Q1 2016


When HTC announced its Vive back at MWC, it invariably turned as many heads as it did make people scratch them. The Taiwanese OEM, a long time staple of the mobile world, was announcing a virtual reality headset. Even more shocking, the product was a partnership with Valve. It was, and has been, assumed that HTC’s first foray would be shipping this year.

It seems there is a slight change in plans however, as The Verge has learned that this will be true for only some customers. Interestingly enough, it is Valve that has done the talking here, specifically in a press release detailing its’ upcoming PAX Prime Expo plans:

HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems (later this year) with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016.

It remains to be seen just how the roll-out will take place; will customers be chosen based on their reservation/order timing, or will the entire affair be of a totally random nature? For reference, Developer units have been available for many months now and are actually free at that.

Terrible timing?

As The Verge has pointed out, the first half of 2016 will see not one, but two different consumer VR products release: Facebook’s Oculus Rift (Q1) and Sony’s Project Morpheus (Q1 or Q2). Despite our own Joshua Vergara having extremely positive things to say about the Vive when he tested it out at MWC, the presence of intense, direct competition is definitely not a good thing when your product first releases.

Facebook has an extraordinary amount of market value, and while Valve does as well -among computer fans- HTC on the other hand has unfortunately relapsed into a what is likely to be a protracted period of poor financial performance.

The presence of Sony doesn’t make things any easier, nor does it help that the company has been involved with interactive entertainment for decades now. HTC on the other hand, is essentially experimenting with a totally new, foreign concept.

What’s in store for when it’s “in stores”

Given the plight HTC is facing, should the Vive fare well it will certainly bring good tidings to the beleaguered OEM. Still, the success of the product is largely dependent on whatever software or “killer apps” that can be produced to “win” the VR wars. Valve is certainly going to bring an exceptional amount of resources, but will it be enough to match wits with the financial resources of Facebook or the gaming prowess of Sony? Will VR actually take off this time, or will 2016 bring with it a resurgence of the failed attempt and bombastic rumors that defined the 90’s?

At the very least, Amazon’s recent tidings might serve as a warning for HTC to attempt any future “creative projects” though at this point, anything’s possible.

Are you interested in the HTC Vive? What about the competition? Do you think VR has a real shot this time around and allow users to enter the world of Johnny Mnemonic? Drop us a comment!



Expect a ‘limited number’ of HTC Vive VR headsets this year

According to HTC, reports that the commercial launch of its Vive virtual reality headset is delayed until next year aren’t telling the whole story. The company provided a statement to Engadget saying “We’ll have a limited number of units by the end of the year, with more to come in Q1 2016.” It seems unlikely there will be enough to satisfy all potential buyers of the “first complete VR system” it’s making with Valve’s help, but there’s still a chance you could get one, and developers have had access for a while. The Vive headset is coming to PAX Prime in Seattle with demos like Fantastic Contraption — once we know more about when you can have one we’ll let you know.

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Verizon now offering HTC Desire 626

Verizon is now selling the entry-level HTC Desire 626 smartphone as part of its Android portfolio. Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the smartphone features a 5-inch display with an 8-megapixel rear camera. Around front you’ll find a 5-megapixel camera for taking selfies and for video chatting.

Under the hood, the Desire 626 packs a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with 1.5GB RAM. Storage is pegged at 16GB so there’s not a ton of space for media. It will do the trick, however, for those who live in the cloud or don’t demand much.

The Desire 626 can be had for $192 outright or spread out at 24 monthly payments of $8 each.


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