HTC is slowly working to follow Google, Sony, Motorola and others by pulling out some of their specific apps and loading them to the Play Store. The newest addition is the HTC Sense keyboard. With every app that OEM’s pull from their deeply embedded custom skins the better for owners everywhere. With the app safely free to be updated and altered at will, it prevents users from suffering through bugs in hopes that a OTA shows up to fix it.
The images that HTC added to the Play Store are definitely not of the English variety, Chinese maybe? I am not entirely sure. However, the keyboard does have a number of language packs inside. As with most OEM made available apps, this one will only be able to be installed on compatible devices. HTC fails to offer up the list, but we would imagine most of the newer HTC devices, like HTC One (2013 and 2014) should be using it as well as the newer mid-ranged Desire line. It might be worth picking up if you do have a HTC device and you use the Sense keyboard.
1. Support Google extract view in landscape mode.
2. Add the prompt when adding none word into personal dictionary.
3. Show .ru/.ro/.nl on Russian/Romanian/Dutch URL keyboard.
4. Enable Handwriting manual submit mode.
5. Fix Zhuyin “ㄦ” cannot be typed issue.
Head to the Play Store and grab it, unless HTC pushed it through to your device already.
HTC Sense Input Play Store Link
HTC corporation on the Play Store for more language packs if needed.
HTC already has a bunch of official applications released on the Google Play Store. Time has come to do the same for their Sense keyboard app which is now available over there.
The app will unfortunately work only with HTC compatible devices. This was to be expected though. We don’t have exact information which devices/OS variations exactly, but we’re going to assume HTC One (M7) and up along with a few older models such as One X and One X+. Newer devices from the Desire line are probably also in. Anyhow, you’ll never know until you try it, but rest assured you won’t be to run it if you don’t own a HTC device. This is a really good thing for HTC users considering they’ll be able to get timely updates even without the firmware update, which is a popular trend nowadays and a really good practice.
Don’t get scared off by what we assume are Chinese characters on Google Play Store image when you open the app info page, other languages are available as well.
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HTC has allegedly been working on a smartwatch for some time now, and with the release of Android Wear, the rumour mill is inevitably turning again. A supposed render of the HTC smartwatch was leaked out last week by @evleaks, though we remained cautious of it, however it appears a leak of the wearable might have happened even before that, and in HTC’s own behind-the-scenes video.
At around the 35 second mark, a watch-like device is quite visible on the designer’s desk, though it’s hard to get a good look at its features. It looks like a square-faced device, not unlike the LG G Watch, and does seem to vaguely resemble the leaked image we saw last week. It’s not a good enough look to say that it absolutely is the same device as that leak, but it can’t dispel it either. Whatever the watch really looks like, if this was intentional, it seems HTC looks like it is ready to drop us subtle hints about its brand-new wearable.
What do you think about the cameo of the HTC smartwatch in the above video? Do you think this was intentional or unintentional? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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We’ve seen many leaks when it comes to Nexus 8/9/Flounder/Volantis tablet… it’s been called so many names we quite frankly don’t know which one to use and apparently neither does @evleaks from whom today’s leak comes from.
The known leaker posted yet another HTC Nexus 9 rumor:
“Besides the T1 Volantis/Flounder/Nexus 9, HTC is developing two other tablets: the T7 and T12″
He seems rather convinced HTC is working on the upcoming Nexus tablet and you can see its alleged specs here. Well, the Taiwanese manufacturer is allegedly working on additional tablet hardware next to the Nexus tablet. Codenames the leaker mentions are T7 and T12. Unfortunately we don’t get any additional information at this time, but this sure does sound interesting considering HTC has been out of the tablet business for a while now.
Do you think there’s any truth to this? Note that @evleaks is usually spot on when it comes to leaks. Would you be interested in a non-Nexus tablet made by HTC?
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OK, so it usually doesn’t cost as much as a car, but a smartphone is still an important lifestyle purchase. And it will probably be at your side 24/7 (if you’re anything like us). There’s always a bit of hemming and hawing, for sure, but we’ve distilled the options down to a short list of the top handsets, with top picks for each OS. Head down to the gallery below for a quick stroll through our selections or check out our full buyer’s guide for the lowdown on the best smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables that your hard-earned money can buy.
We’ve seen some rumors mentioning HTC’s smartwatch running Android Wear. It is allegedly due this fall under the name “HTC One Wear”. We have a new development when it comes to this, a leaked render, courtesy of @evleaks.
@evleaks has an amazing track record so we’re going to take this one seriously. The watch somewhat resembles LG G Watch although the build materials seem to be more premium, most likely stainless steel, we’re only guessing though. The watch is square-shaped and it looks rather nice, although we’ll let you be the judge of that. @evleaks did post something alongside the render:
I personally like the looks of this watch, although Moto 360 still seems far more appealing, at least in my case. Different people like different things, design included. I have no doubt many of you would prefer a watch like this, especially if it is well-built and I have doubt that will be the case considering HTC is well-known for its build quality.
Would you be interested in a watch like this?
Microsoft announced the largest layoffs in company history, Tesla can’t sell cars in most of the United States, Xbox Entertainment Studios is set to close and HTC has an executive exodus problem. Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last 24 hours.
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If you get offered a high-level position with HTC, run. At least, that’s the reputation the Taiwan-based manufacturer has unfortunately built over the last two years. Since 2012, no fewer than 22 members of its senior management have left the company. Some took off for personal reasons; others faced criminal charges; and still others moved on to different companies. Many of these exits have been attributed to HTC’s state of health, as the smartphone (and soon to be smartwatch) maker has made costly mistakes and experienced a string of decreasing profits stretching back to the end of 2011. Let’s take a look at each major departure from the beginning until the present day.
Just eight months after signing a $300 million deal with Beats Electronics, making it possible for HTC to use the headphone company’s sound profiles in its handsets, CFO Winston Yung — the executive in charge of penning the transaction — was booted from his role and transferred into corporate development. CEO Peter Chou denied rumors that his ouster was related to the deal, despite the fact that HTC sold a huge chunk of its stake just three months later (and the remainder a year after that). Unfortunately, Beats wasn’t the only possible reason why Yung may have been shown the door; HTC’s finances were in a significant downward spiral, something that continues to adversely affect the company today.
As for Yung’s role in corporate development, his contributions (if any) have remained largely private; even his LinkedIn page mentions April 2012 was the end of his HTC career. Yung is now a partner for McKinsey & Company in Hong Kong.
HTC announced that CMO John Wang (the brains behind the “quietly brilliant” campaign) would be leaving the company in December, although the process to replace him began the previous March. It didn’t reveal details on what happened. It’s clear, however, that Chou wanted to move his company’s marketing efforts in another direction, since Wang was replaced by Benjamin Ho, a former CMO for Motorola. When Ho began in January, his first assignment was nicknamed “Marketing 2.0,” which focused on mass-market brand outreach and “holistic marketing.”
March was a hard month for the UK branch. Just a week prior to the launch of the original HTC One, UK Director Phil Roberson left the company, citing the pressures of work and wanting to spend more time with his wife. (He now works for Vodafone.) Roberson was with HTC for less than two years before being replaced by Philip Blair, VP of product and operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The very next week, UK head of sales Michael Coombes and head of marketing James Atkins followed Roberson’s lead. No reason for departure was given at the time, but it wasn’t long before the pair announced that they founded a phone company of their own called Kazam; its website currently offers two Android smartphones and a featurephone.
April and May 2013
The snowball grew and picked up speed shortly after HTC launched the One and the First, its unsuccessful AT&T-exclusive “Facebook Phone.” During this tumultuous time, seven high-profile company representatives parted ways with the company: Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera, South Asia CEO Lennard Hoornik, Global Retail Marketing Director Rebecca Rowland, Director of Digital Marketing John Starkweather, Global Digital Service head Elizabeth Griffin, VP of Global Communications Jason Gordon and Product Strategy Manager Eric Lin.
After being with the company for three years, Kodera left “to pursue other interests,” according to an official HTC statement; soon afterward he founded a wearable startup called Zero360. Hoornik, who had already been on leave for two months for unknown reasons, joined Dyson the following month. Rowland moved to Microsoft and then Amazon; Starkweather headed to AT&T; Griffin left to work for Nintendo; Gordon is now with an unannounced startup and Lin now works on Microsoft’s Skype team.
The departure of so many big names within the company sparked a number of rumors about unhappy conditions within HTC’s walls. These flames were further fanned by a tweet from Lin, encouraging his former colleagues to follow his lead in leaving the company. Around the same time, a source close to The Verge that said the company was in “utter free fall.”
In case those seven departures weren’t enough to arouse suspicion, the company’s COO Matthew Costello stepped down from his position. According to an internal email, Costello stayed on as an executive advisor in Europe, although later that year he came on as COO of Beats; it likely is no coincidence that he was on the company’s board of directors. Curiously, some analysts actually felt that his exit was a good sign for HTC: Bamboo Lin, an analyst from SinoPac Securities, told Bloomberg Businessweek that the company had too many executives, and a moderate streamlining would be beneficial.
August and September 2013
This may have been the biggest sting of the year for HTC, as three of the company’s top designers were arrested (and later indicted) for leaking trade secrets, falsifying expenses and receiving kickbacks from suppliers. VP of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D Director Bill Wu and Senior Manager of Design and Innovation Justin Huang had been planning to leave the company and start a smartphone maker of their own. The trio leaked plans of the unannounced Sense 6.0 design to an outside partner who they intended to do business with. The men faced millions of dollars in fines and at least 10 years in prison per charge.
Additionally, HTC China President Ray Yam was demoted to a position overseeing the development of emerging business. He’s since moved on to become managing director for Electrolux.
After being with HTC for just four months, Global VP of PR and Communications Lorain Wong left the company for personal reasons. Although she agreed to stay on as a consultant for a few months, she has since accepted a role as the CMO of Global Cloud Xchange, which owns a large, private, undersea fiber-optic cable system.
The next person to leave the company was Senior VP of Design and User Experience Scott Croyle, who took over for Kodera nearly a year earlier and was responsible for the One M8′s design and hardware development. No official reasons were given. This was a significant blow to the company; given HTC’s attention to design, losing two chief designers in less than a full year didn’t look good, to say the least. HTC claims that this is part of a long-term transition and that Croyle will stick around in a consultancy role and will be focused on “special projects.” According to his LinkedIn page, however, his time with HTC officially came to a close in April.
Hold this cat. The latest hits to the company’s senior management took place yesterday, as Ho and President of Engineering and Operations Fred Liu announced their resignation and retirement, respectively. During Ho’s short tenure, he was responsible for HTC’s $1 billion “Here’s to Change” campaign featuring Robert Downey Jr., which our sources tell us led to the exec’s departure. Ho will reportedly remain with the company until the end of the year, though it’ll likely be in a limited capacity.
As for Liu, he’s wrapping up a lengthy 16-year stint with HTC, but he’s not leaving entirely — not yet, at least. Bloomberg reports that he’s simply dropping day-to-day operations and transitioning into a “strategic advisory role.”
Although Liu’s departure could easily be nothing more than retirement, given his tenure, there still seems to be a pattern of saving face by transitioning to smaller roles, a path taken by many other executives who’ve left HTC in the last two years. In fact, one source told The Verge that at least one of the two were “fired in a nice way.”
Aside from the trio of indictments late last year, the list of departing executives can be split into two camps. Several of them, primarily in design and product management, appear to have left of their own accord, suggesting that they were unhappy with the company’s direction or were wrapped up in other chaotic elements of the business. This doesn’t come as a surprise, since plenty of reports have corroborated this theory in the past year. Several others, mostly in marketing and operations, seem to have been compelled to resign, often shortly after the company’s costliest mistakes: The Beats partnership, the HTC First and the Robert Downey Jr. marketing campaign, to name a few.
On a positive note, this indicates that a cleansing is taking place within HTC’s headquarters; the folks responsible for the company’s biggest blunders in the last two years are no longer there, and bringing in fresh blood is arguably a good thing for most companies — especially those that are experiencing internal strife and financial downturn. On the other hand, can it find enough new talent eager to take on the challenge of jumping on board, given the company’s current struggles? As long as the answer is yes, there’s little reason to suspect that HTC can’t undo its negative reputation and reverse its misfortunes. If the answer is no, however, the company’s in for another couple rough years.
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AT&T on Wednesday confirmed the upcoming availability of the HTC Desire 610. Arriving July 25, the phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC’s 6 Sense UI and features a 4.7-inch display. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, the Desire 610 also packs 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage with microSD expansion, and a 8MP/1.3MP camera duo.
AT&T will sell the Desire 610 for $199 as part of its GoPhone service, meaning there’s no contract involved. Those who opt to spread payments out can do so for $8.34 per month over 24 months of $10 per month over 20 months. AT&T
HTC may be back on its road to recovery thanks to its One (M8) flagship phone, but it’s now facing yet another managerial change. According to Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan, the phone maker’s CMO Ben Ho has just resigned, making it a rather short stint since he joined a little over a year and a half ago. Our own sources implied that this had been expected for a while, and that the $1 billion “Here’s To Change” marketing campaign was the main culprit, as it failed to get its money’s worth in return (despite chairwoman Cher Wang being a big fan of the hipster trolls featured in the ads). While Ho is no longer the CMO, he will remain at HTC until end of this year.
Culpan also reported that Fred Liu, the President of Engineering and Operations, has dropped day-to-day operations to pick up a strategic advisory role, as he prepares for retirement after almost 16 years of service. According to Taiwanese magazine Global Views, back then it took HTC founder HT Cho over a year to convince Liu to leave Digital Equipment Corporation — the former employer of Cho and CEO Peter Chou — and join his then new smartphone OEM.
Neither resignation should affect HTC’s roadmap in the very near future. We understand that the Taiwanese company’s preparing to launch its first smart wearables in the coming months — maybe to coincide with IFA in September. Regardless, it shouldn’t take long before HTC fills these voids.