It can take manufacturers a while for carriers to approve updates, a burdensome fact we have had to learn to live with. Even brand new devices like the HTC One M9 have us waiting for the latest updates, but today we have good news for those who have the Sprint version of said handset.
Android 5.1 Lollipop will be hitting the Sprint HTC One M9 starting July 1st! This information comes straight from Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of product management. Versi recently published a post on Twitter, mentioning the update received technical approval from Sprint and it was ready to head out the door.
HTC One (M9) Sprint Owners! We have received technical approval on Lollipop OS 5.1 which includes camera improvements. OTA to start on 7/1!
— Mo Versi (@moversi) June 29, 2015
Mo Versi goes on to mention the update will include important camera improvements. Other Android 5.1 additions include better device protection, better contact-specific notification settings, improved screen pinning, better WiFi and more. You can read all about Android 5.1 in our detailed article on the software version.
Meanwhile, you can rest assured the Android 5.1 will hit your device soon if you ar eon Sprint. HTC One M9 users in other carriers will have to wait a bit. People asked about the AT&T and T-Mobile versions, which Mo Versi answers with: “in the lab – will advice once we have approval”. We are sure it won’t take too long for other carriers to follow suit, though. Or at least that is what we are hoping!
This week, Sprint will push a software update to its HTC One M9 that includes the latest version of Android. The flagship from HTC will receive Android 5.1 Lollipop in addition to some camera fixes on Wednesday. Being that the specifications of the One M9 have been underwhelming to some, providing timely software updates and a clean user interface is vital for HTC’s success. The company has issued multiple software updates to fix the camera’s quality as well.
Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, tweeted the following:
“HTC One (M9) Sprint Owners! We have received technical approval on Lollipop OS 5.1 which includes camera improvements. OTA to start on 7/1!”
Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)
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There may not be many Desire Eye owners roaming the country, but June 30 will be an exciting day for them. The device’s exclusive carrier, AT&T, will release a software update that bumps it up to Lollipop.
Mo Versi, the HTC employee who announced the update’s impending release, did not specify the exact version of Lollipop coming to the Desire Eye. So it could be Android 5.0 or 5.1, but we will know for which one tomorrow.
Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)
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Although many consumers around the world believe the HTC One M9 to be a wonderful device, the flagship might not be doing as well as the company had hoped. With reports trickling in claiming that there have been roughly 43% fewer shipments for the One M9 than the One M8, it’s not irrational to think HTC might have something up its sleeve that could make up for the One M9’s loss. So when popular leaker @evleaks gave some insight on the potential release of a new handset called the “HTC Aero”, many folks began speculating that this could be the hero device we’ve all been waiting for.
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But if recent tweets from the leaker prove true, the Aero might not come to market as a flagship device. According to the tweet, the HTC Aero will make its way to Sprint in November, among other places. The handset will reportedly also be a member of the One family, though it will be classified as an “intermediate” device. Traditionally, smartphones classified in the “One” category tend to be on the high-end side, so it’ll certainly be interesting to see what the company has planned.
HTC CEO Cher Wang recently told us that the company’s hero smartphone was slated to launch sometime in October, though no other details were given regarding that handset. Could HTC’s hero device turn out to be the Aero, or are they two completely different handsets? The only thing we can do at this time is speculate and wait for more details to surface, but there’s certainly no harm in that. If these leaks prove true, what do you think the Aero will bring to the table? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
This weekend, an unannounced HTC-branded smartphone passed through the United States of America’s official certification authority — the FCC. Information included in the brief filing documentation reveals that we could be looking a brand new mid-range handset for the Desire lineup.
Unfortunately, the paperwork doesn’t reveal anything about the internals of the device, but we do know that the it’s set to pack a variety of different connectivity options, including support for 700MHz, 850MHz, 1700Mhz, 1900Mhz, and 2600 MHz frequency bands for the FDD-LTE 4G network, in addition to Bluetooth Class 1, 802.11b/802.11g/802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS.
If you wish to view the full FCC filing – just click the source link below.
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A new massive benchmark from Tom’s Guide has put six of the best performing smartphones on the market against each other to see which phone came out on top in a variety of situations. The tests measured everything from real-life performance and tasks you’d typically do on your smartphone every day, to gaming and other benchmarks. The test measured the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, HTC One M9, Google Nexus 6, Asus Zenfone 2, and Apple iPhone 6, so there’s a very wide variety of hardware here.
What’s definitely going to be great news for Samsung, their Galaxy S6 finished in 1st place a vast majority of the benchmarks, including PDF loading times, gaming performance, WiFi speed, and a handful of benchmarks. This can probably be attributed to Samsung’s own zippy Exynos processor, their very fast memory modules, and the insanely fast flash storage they opted to use in the S6. Surprisingly, though, the LG G4 beats out the S6 in camera opening time. Considering how much Samsung mentioned the quick camera shortcut on the home button, you’d think that would have scored better in a benchmark. But hey. props to LG for pulling that off.
The G4 scored 1st in camera opening time, as well as a Basemark OSII Memory test. Interestingly, the G4 pretty typically beat out the Snapdragon 810 powered HTC One M9. Considering the G4 has a higher resolution and only a Snapdragon 808 processor, this is almost irrefutable proof that the 810 has some problems. The only benchmark that the M9 came out ahead in was a 3dMark benchmark.
Another note worth mentioning is how poorly the Nexus 6 runs compared to other devices. It held up fairly well in benchmarks, but in real world tests, it was pretty consistently dead last, beaten by the Zenfone 2 and HTC’s M9. Considering Nexus phone are supposed to run very fast, completely stock versions of Android, that’s more than a little disappointing.
source: Tom’s Guide
via: Android Authority
Come comment on this article: Galaxy S6 takes first place in real world speed test, beating out LG’s G4 and the iPhone 6
HTC could really use a hit device right about now. While the One M9 is a solid phone, it didn’t really push the envelope that much, and sales have reacted accordingly. So much so that HTC’s CEO, Cher Wang, had to apologize for the poor performance at a recent shareholders meeting. With the apology came a promise of a new ‘Hero’ device later in the year.
Well, we’ve begun to get the first tidbits of information about that device, in the form of a name. Evan Blass (formerly of evleaks) tweeted that the saving grace will go by the name, HTC Aero. It is unknown if this is just a code name or not. The anticipation is certainly up, as upleaks responded to the tweet with “It’s really awesome :)”.
We may see a departure from past releases. Typically HTC refreshes the Desire line (midrangers) in the fall, and in the past have expressed that they will only produce one top-end flagship a year. But seeing that they need to redeem themselves, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to suspect that this philosophy change. And the new name may indicate a new design approach.
We can only hope that ‘Aero’ will be packing an updated (non-overheating) Snapdragon 820 SoC and a rear camera that can compete with other flagships. And it wouldn’t hurt to have a larger screen, would it?
Earlier today, HTC launched the dual-SIM variant of its latest mid-range smartphone, the Desire 826, in India. The device is now available to pre-order in both black and white coloways for Rs. 26,900 ($420) and will start shipping on Monday, June 29.
As for the specifications, the Desire 826 packs a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 615 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory (expandable up to 64GB via microSD), a 13-megapixel rear-facing shooter and a 2,600 mAh battery.
The handset will run the latest build of Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with HTC’s Sense user interface, which provides users with exclusive access to BlinkFeed, Themes, TV and a plethora of other great features straight out of the box.
For more information on pre-ordering the Desire 826 in India, hit the source link below.
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Looking back, HTC might well regret announcing the One M9 handset on the same day that Samsung unveiled its metal and glass Galaxy S6 and S6 edge devices at MWC. Samsung’s devices stole the show, and HTC is struggling to recover. Despite the HTC One M9 being more refined than its predecessors, moving to a more traditional camera setup and using the latest Qualcomm silicon, the handset is not selling well.
According to a report by the China Business Journal, shipments of HTC’s One M9 are down a whopping 43.75% compared to its 2014 flagship, the M8. In the 3 months it has been available, the M9 has managed to ship just 4.75 million units, which explains why it was rumoured last month that HTC was cutting component orders by up to 30%. When you compare those figures to Samsung’s, who shipped 10 million Galaxy S6 and S6 edge handsets in the first month alone and is set to reach figures of around 45 million units, you get the picture that HTC is floundering. Releasing a third flagship with the same design as its previous 2 flagship devices was always going to be a risky move, especially when Samsung was always going to come out fighting after being roundly criticised for its under-performing, samey looking Galaxy S5 in 2014.
Since the One M9’s release, HTC has launched a variety of similar-but-different smartphones that includes the One ME, the One M9+ and the E9+, not forgetting the Japan oriented J Butterfly handset. Much like it did in the years after being crowned the King of Android, releasing a proliferation of similarly specced and poorly supported smartphones that led the Taiwanese company to financial woes. HTC went from having a stock value of around $33 billion to the current market value of just $2 billion.
So, what is next for HTC? Well, the handset maker has announced that it plans on releasing a new flagship device in October. It’s anyone’s guess what specifications it will carry, although it’s probably safe to say it will use the latest Qualcomm processor.
Personally, I’ve always been surprised that HTC hasn’t released a smartphone to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. HTC flirted with stylus technology when it released its Flyer tablet, and then it simply hasn’t been seen again. It would also give the company a legitimate second flagship device that wouldn’t cannibalize sales from its standard flagship.
What features and specifications would you like to see in HTC’s upcoming flagship? Would you like to see a similar design to the M9, or would you like to see HTC’s renowned design team burst out of its shell with a fresh idea? As always, let us know in the comments.
Come comment on this article: HTC reported to ship 43% fewer One M9 handsets than previous M8
HTC is continuing its bombardment of the Asian smartphone market with yet another product launch. As expected, the HTC One ME will arrive in India this weekend, hot on the heels of the One M9+ and One E9+ which went on sale in the country back in April.
The HTC One ME was announced in China earlier in June and comes with a higher resolution display which exceeds the company’s western One M9 flagship. The One ME is the second QHD (2560×1440) display HTC smartphone to hit the region, the first was the One M9+. The smartphone also features 3GB of RAM, a 20MP front facing camera with f2.2 lens, a 4MP front facing camera, and 32GB of internal storage. All pretty high-end features.
However, the One ME ditches HTC’s traditional metal design for a polycarbonate plastic body. The handset comes with a mid-range MediaTek Helio X10 SoC. This chip packs in eight Cortex-A53 CPU cores and a PowerVR 6200 GPU, which doesn’t match single thread performance of the regular One M9.
One of the One ME’s other major features is dual-SIM support and 4G LTE on the 1800Mhz (Band 3) and 2600 MHz (Band 40) bands, which will have a few regions covered for faster data.
The smartphone will arrive in India in a choice of either Classic Rose Gold or Meteor Grey color options and will retail for Rs.40,500 ($640) when it goes on sale this weekend. Who’s buying?