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16
Jul

HTC’s Mo Versi confims HTC One M8 will be getting Android M update






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Given HTC‘s recent financial troubles and a knack for being unpredictable, you could have been forgiven for thinking that the future Android M updates could be in doubt for HTC’s older devices. HTC One M8 owners, at least, can breathe a sigh of relief as HTC’s VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, confirmed on Twitter today that the HTC One M8 will be getting Android M update.


Naturally, no timeframe was given, though we’re going to go out on a limb and guess HTC won’t be promising a 90 day window this time – but for many, the promise itself is more than enough. The next question of course is when Android M is going to be released, which according to last year’s release should be sometime around the end of October or early November. Given this timeline, and even assuming a 90 day delivery, HTC One M8 owners shouldn’t expect an update before February, and of course plus a few months if you have a carrier variant – we’d love to be wrong though.

What do you think about the HTC One M8 getting Android M? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter via Phone Arena

 

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15
Jul

Android M already confirmed for the HTC One M8


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An interesting and important bit of information has been hidden away in the depths of Twitter’s conversations – Android M will be heading to the HTC One M8.

Responding to a question on Twitter a couple of weeks ago now, HTC’s Mo Versi confirmed that the One M8 will be receiving an official update to Android M at some point in the future. A time frame was not specified, so it doesn’t look like HTC is planning on promising a 90 day release policy this time around.

Back at the end of May, HTC’s Jeff Gordon announced that Android M would be coming to the One M9 and M9+. Details regarding other handsets are expected to continue to trickle out, and we’d be surprised if we don’t hear something about some of HTC’s recent Desire handset soon as well.

Along with HTC, Sony is the only other OEM to have openly begun talking about Android M updates. The company recently released a series of Android M Developer preview builds for its wide range of Xperia devices, suggesting that Sony is planning on bringing the update to a number of its handsets too.

If you would like a closer look at what to expect from Android M, feel free to take a look at our Diving into M series.

25
Jun

Report: HTC One M9 shipments 43% lower than M8


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HTC’s woes look set to continue with a new report suggesting the One M9 is underperforming massively, with shipments expected to be 43.75 percent lower than the One M8 managed in the first three months after launch. Things are so bad for the Taiwanese manufacturer that it has announced plans to introduced a new redesigned flagship phone in October instead of next year as its current product strategy might suggest

The One M8 and the One M9 have very little difference and this is arguably the biggest problem for HTC; its latest smartphone bought the same screen size and resolution and the small changes included an extra gigabyte of RAM, a two-tone colour finish and a redesigned camera. There was also a small bump in the battery capacity to 2840 mAh plus a change in processor and the latter has bought its own raft of issues (more on that below).

HTC One M9 – Really, HTC?

The biggest criticism leverages against the One M8 was the sub-standard 4MP UltraPixel camera and in the One M9, HTC moved this to the front of the handset while adding a 20MP Toshiba-supplied sensor on the rear. The problem is that, despite the increase in resolution, the camera is still a lot poorer than the competition and as we discovered in our blind camera shootout, it’s significantly inferior to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Huawei P8 plus the mid-range Huawei Honor 6 Plus.

The other change in the One M9 was the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which bought its own problems. Like other Snapdragon 810 powered devices, the One M9 does occasionally overheat and the negative press around the processor – which Qualcomm claims is rubbish – coupled with the lack of real innovation has led to HTC’s struggles.

HTC’s Product Strategy – time to change?

A new report suggests that HTC shipped just 4.75 million units of the One M9 during the first three months after the handset went on sale, which is 43.75% lower than shipments of the One M8 in its first three months. By comparison, Samsung shipped 10 million units of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in its first month, which shows the sharp contrast in fortunes between Samsung and HTC.

With HTC’s redesigned hero device coming out in October, the company might yet right its sinking ship. Let’s just hope it takes a long good look at its Product Strategy when deciding what comes next.

25
Jun

Ouch: HTC has shipped 43.75% fewer HTC One M9 handsets than HTC One M8 in first three months






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The HTC One M9 isn’t a bad device, though it’s definitely not going to win any awards for innovation. Sales of the HTC One M9 have suffered due to this perceived lack of innovation, so much so that a report today has revealed that HTC has shipped 43.75% fewer HTC One M9 handsets than HTC One M8 handsets in its first three months of being on the market. That’s a pretty substantial downturn when you consider the HTC One M9 is supposed to be HTC’s flagship device with its highest profit margin. And that’s shipped devices, not sold – some would call that a financial disaster.

The HTC One M9 likely wasn’t done any favours by its brethren, the HTC One M9 Plus, a bigger, better version, which was released not long after the release of the One M9. And it certainly hasn’t helped that the One M9 is basically a carbon copy of its predecessor apart from adopting a single rear camera and two-tone colour scheme. Whatever the root cause of this is, HTC needs to have a strong finish to the year, otherwise an acquisition may be their only salvation.


What do you think about HTC’s dismal HTC One M9 shipments this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: DigiTimes via Phone Arena

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21
May

Sprint’s HTC One E8 now getting Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA


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Sprint’s HTC One E8, a plastic version of its One M8, is finally receiving the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. While the announcement was made yesterday, the OTA update just began rolling out today.

The update brings with it all sorts of goodies, such as factory reset protection. Once you have the update downloaded and installed, your software version should be 2.32.651.7.

Keep in mind that updates do roll out in stages, so it could be up to a couple of weeks before everyone can enjoy the sweetness of Lollipop. If you’re eager to get your hands on the update, both Sprint and HTC have posted a changelog. Only, HTC’s changelog features a 1.9GB RUU file paired with detailed instructions on how to flash the update manually.

It’s surprising that the One E8 took this long to get the update, considering the One M8 received it back in February. The One M8 will be getting the jump to Android 5.1 in August, and if its anything like this this update, the One E8 should get it a few months afterwards.

Such is the life of waiting on telecommunication providers.

source: Sprint, HTC

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13
May

Deal: Get the HTC One M8 for $299 with no contracts


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If you’re looking to pick up a One M8, HTC’s flagship for 2014, for $199.99 on a new two-year contract, you might want to consider purchasing your new device from Best Buy. The company is offering an excellent deal on the device on its Deal of the Day page.

For an extra $100, bringing the device up to $299.99, Best Buy is offering it to customers outright with no strings attached. There are no contracts or payment plans—the device will be entirely yours. This deal applies to AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint models.

Still not sure on springing for the HTC One M8? It’s a hard decision, especially with all of the different devices out there that are all so good. Be sure to check out our review on the HTC One M8 and see what you think. It’s a fascinating option.

If you want this device for $299.99, you better act fast, as Best Buy has a limited supply.

source: Best Buy

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13
May

Deal: HTC One M8 (no-contract) for $299 on BestBuy.com and eBay


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The One M9 may be newer and slightly flashier, but there really is no reason why you shouldn’t consider last year’s One M8 as an alternative, especially at a discounted price. And that’s exactly what Best Buy is offering on its website and through its eBay outlet.

Best Buy is offering a brand new, no-contract HTC One M8 (32GB) for AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon for $299. That’s a great deal for a device that still sells for around $600 without a service plan on Amazon. Note that these are carrier versions, so you will need to activate and use them on the respective networks.

Check out the deal links on eBay:

Or BestBuy.com:

All versions come with one-year manufacturer warranty. The One M8 offers a 5-inch Full HD display,  a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (expandable), a 4 UltraPixels Duo Camera, a 5MP front shooter and stereo BoomSound speakers. Even if it’s a year-old, at $300 the M8 is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a stylish, capable, and affordable Android smartphone.

Check out our full review of the One M8 for more details and let us know what you think of the deal in the comments.

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8
May

Will quick charging replace the need to swap batteries?


No matter how dazzling is the display of your new smartphone, how powerful is its processor, or how high resolution its camera sensor is, at the end of the day it is the battery of the phone that runs the show. Because a high-end smartphone dying in the middle of the day is no one’s dream come true. That is the reason why most decent phones started coming packed with at least 3,000 mAh batteries and hardware and software tweaks to ensure saving as much juice as possible. But those phones with gigantic batteries still faced a major problem – charging them took a hell lot of time. However, things have been changing gradually on this front and fast charging technology has proven to be a major breakthrough. Be it Snapdragon’s Quick Charge v2.0, Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging or Oppo’s VOOC Flash Charge, all of them boast of cutting down the charging time significantly.

What is fast charging?

As smartphone screens started increasing in size and chipsets started becoming faster, charging technology had to evolve to keep up with new batteries that took time to charge. One of the most popular fast charging techniques that is used today is Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0, which as the name suggests is in its second generation, and is capable of charging a mobile phone by 75% faster speed than a normal 5V/1A charger. Qualcomm integrates a power management circuit in its chipset that helps in charging the battery rapidly. While all phones featuring Snapdragon 800 chipset and up, come with the quick charging option, you will need a charger with 9V/1.67A output to put the technology to use.

Another player in the field of fast charging is Oppo, which uses Qualcomm’s chipsets but employs Voltage Open Loop Multi-Step Constant-Current Charging (VOOC). This method consists of several battery cells being charged simultaneously with high voltage current and a seven point charger instead of the usual five point one. Samsung, HTC and Intel also use Qualcomm’s Quick Charge v2.0 technology, but modify and market them with different names.

Should you buy a phone without a removable battery?

Although most of us can make do with a handset that requires charging once a day, there are some people who never put their phones down. Such people either keep their phones hooked to a charger the whole day or carry an extra battery in case they need to swap it for an instant recharge. But the days of phones with removable battery seem to be numbered as the market is getting dominated by devices with non-removable batteries(Galaxy S6). And quite legitimately so, because we have every modern technology at our disposal, like quick charging, to avoid messy ancient practices such as swapping batteries and rebooting the phone in the process.

What are your best options?

In a battery test conducted by GSMArena, Oppo’s VOOC Flash charging technology used in the N3 proved to be the fastest. It charged 70% battery in 30 minutes against Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge’s 60%, HTC One M8’s 36%, Asus Zenfone 2’s 47% and Apple iPhone 6 Plus’ 35% when charged with quick chargers. Notably, all of the above phones come with almost 3,000 mAh batteries. Here is a list of smartphones that come with Snapdragon’s Quick Charge v2.0.

Oppo N3

Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 4

HTC One M9, HTC Desire Eye, HTC One M8, HTC One Remix

LG G Flex 2, LG G4

Motorola Droid Turbo, Motorola Moto X (2014),

Google Nexus 6

Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Asus Zenfone 2

 

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8
May

HTC One M8s now available exclusively on Vodafone


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HTC has quietly released an exclusive device for UK-based carrier Vodafone, the One M8s. Sure, the One M8 was last year’s device, but HTC’s One M8s has a bit more to offer. Take a look and see for yourself.

Here’s what the device is packing:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit CPU with eight-core.
  • 5-inch HD 1080p display.
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • a larger, 2,840mAh battery
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage, with microSD memory options
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

It’s quite a change, compared to the One M8’s specs, however, there are still some similarities, such as the 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, and etc. The good news is that it’s not just exclusive on Vodafone, as it’s also available in select European countries.

While the One M8s seems like a great offering, will HTC offer a One M9s in the future? Will they run into the same problems they had a few years ago by offering way too many smartphones to consumers? Let us know what you think.

source: Vodafone
via: Ausdroid

 

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6
May

HTC revenue is down by 39% mostly thanks to the HTC One M9






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We thought HTC had it all figured out last year with the HTC One M8, recapturing some of its former glory with an exciting and interesting device. Unfortunately, they failed to capitalize both on the innovative nature of that device and Samsung’s missteps by releasing a very safe HTC One M9 this year which ticked all the boxes, but not much else. As a result, HTC’s revenue over the last year fallen from NT$22.07 billion to NT$13.54 billion in April, a massive 38.66% drop. And if you’re doubting that it’s the One M9’s fault, HTC’s revenue has fallen 32.36% between March and April alone, instead of the expected gain due to the One M9’s launch.

Analysts are blaming HTC’s poor oversight in using the overheating Snapdragon 810 in their device and says that One M9 shipments would only reach 4.5 million, a far cry from the 7 and 8 million that the One M7 and One M8 achieved in years past. That’s incredibly depressing news for the Taiwanese outfit, especially since things had been looking up for some time now. The real question now is whether Peter Chou’s move away from the CEO’s chair is going to help or further paralyze the future efforts of the one-again floundering company.


What do you think about HTC’s misfortunes with the HTC One M9? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Taipei Times via TalkAndroid

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