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Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jul 5, 2015

Sunday Debate: Which Factors Caused HTC’s Woes?

Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on HTC's situation. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then pick your side or play devil’s advocate to get your voice heard and engage in friendly discussion. You can read our food-for-thought or jump straight into the fray below!     HTC is underperforming, and there isn’t much of a way of denying this. In April, their revenue nearly declined 40%, plummeting after the HTC One M9 had...

Mathew Brack · Jul 4, 2015

HTC’s New Ad Campaign And What It Really Means

HTC has just released three new blind test adverts comparing app loading speed, audio and selfies. Whilst you are surely astounded that HTC won every time, the tests were incredibly biased and their release shows something concerning about the company and how they are performing in the current market.     One of the many reasons companies tend to utilize blind trials is when they feel that their product is comparable or better than its competitors. This leads to the assumption...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Apr 8, 2015

Let Them Stare at Your M9+ in Disbelief

I’ve been meaning to write an editorial on HTC designs for a while, and if I would have done so before the M9 came out and at the point where people expected the @evleaks renders to be the final look, the article would have ended up positively. But what prompted me to spill the e-ink is HTC’s M9+ announcement, which has a tidy introduction in this HTC blog post. As I read down the list of features and looked at...

Tomek Kondrat · Mar 31, 2015

The History of Flagships: Part III – HTC

A few months ago, we came up with the idea of presenting the history of flagship devices released by some of the major Android OEMs. In this, we've had the pleasure of bringing you the stories of Sony (Ericsson) and Samsung. Now, it's time for our third and final installment. This is a very special episode, as the OEM I will talk about was heavily connected to Android and the beginnings of XDA as a whole. Yes, I'm talking about HTC, the...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 30, 2015

M9: Is Throttling a Non-issue? Can’t We Trust Benchmarks?

When the first reports of the M9 overheating came to light, many forum users began a collective joke-round calling the phone a popcorn machine, a grill, and other unoriginal remarks that we’ve seen with every device that presents sign of overheating, from gaming consoles to graphics cards. In this sense, the internet is not very inventive, and the cycle of rehashed jokes re-surfaces on different products every year or so. This time it was the M9’s turn and it was...

Mathew Brack · Mar 26, 2015

HTC M9 Roundup: Availability and Prices

The HTC One M9, Available in both 'Gold on Silver' and 'Metal Gray' colors will be available for sale in stores across the US on April 10th, however most carriers are starting preorders tomorrow on March 27th. No matter which network you order yours from you will be covered by HTC's new Uh-Oh service. Throughout the day today we have seen just as many announcements from carriers regarding pre-order information and prices for Samsung's new flagships the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. If...

Mathew Brack · Mar 24, 2015

HTC: Phasing Out Or Phoenix?

It was announced recently that Cher Wang would replace Peter Chou as CEO of HTC. Chou has now taken up a role in the Future Development Lab, as a drastic shift was almost inevitable considering HTC’s recent performance in both share price and market share. However this could be a case of too little, too late. Employees of HTC spoke to us recently at a conference and when asked about the future of the company with Wang as CEO, they stated...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 23, 2015

To Worry or Not to Worry: The SD810, an M9 and Throttling

The HTC One M9 has been the center of buzz lately, as the fans eager for a revolution were somewhat disappointed at what resembled a mere evolution. What’s more, early reports surrounding the camera - the most important bullet point in HTC’s to-do list - had not been as satisfactory as their unveiling event had originally touted. While the M9 promised great software features such as contextual homescreens and a complex theme-engine, the camera concerns remained strong. But the devices tested at  MWC 2015 were demo...

GermainZ · Mar 5, 2015

HTC to Replace Swype with TouchPal

According to engadget (citing TouchPal as well as an internal source), HTC aims to replace Swype with TouchPal as the default input method in upcoming devices, including the new HTC One M9. The official TouchPal Twitter account also tweeted the engadget article about this, further confirming the move. What prompted this move? The CEO of CooTek, the company behind TouchPal, says it's because of their better contextual prediction and language support. If you actually look at the supported languages, you'll...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 1, 2015

HTC Utopia Coverage: One M9, Grip and Vibe VR

HTC's "Utopia" event took place today at Mobile World Congress 2015, and throughout the show we learned about some of the most interesting products we'll see in 2015. HTC's reputation as a design first company has been well-maintained, and their new repertoire of devices speaks volumes of the experiences they are crafting for us. The show began shortly after its 10AM EST schedule, with a short presentation that was soon followed by the voice of Robert Downey Jr, who is known to be...

Chris Gilliam · Mar 1, 2015

HTC One M9: 20 MP Camera & More

HTC is known for continually trying new things in the smartphone camera game, like dual sensors, trading pixel count for pixel size, and incorporating software to change the focal point after the fact. The new HTC One M9 looks to continue the trend, but this time with a single rear shooter at a whopping 20 MP, and a low-light selfie camera . Hardware 20.7 megapixel rear-shooter Back-illuminates sensor (BSI - helps in low light) Wide-angle UltraPixel selfie camera for low-light performance...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Feb 25, 2015

@upleaks Is Back, Further Intensifies Debate

Yesterday, the enthusiast community was filled with drama when @upleaks released promotional videos of the HTC One M9 of a level of quality nobody in their sane mind would fake. These new commercials gave us quite the glimpse at the M9, and confirmed the designs we had seen laying around for a few weeks. To many's discontent, this meant that the M9 wouldn't be receiving the design revamp people had been expecting - instead, it seemingly opted for a slight revision...

Mario Tomás Serrafero · Dec 30, 2014

Analysis of New HTC Flagship, the HTC “HIMA”

New leaks provided by @upleaks point towards a new HTC device, codenamed “HIMA” (model HTC6535LVW), that sports an interesting set of specifications. The source provided a screenshot of an AnTuTu benchmark information sheet that gives us insight on what to expect from HTC’s latest and greatest. It is assumed this will be a flagship device, as its interior will be made of some of the highest end specifications planned for early 2015. Let’s see what’s inside: Operating System The sheet...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 13, 2014

Unofficial CM12 for the HTC Sensation

The HTC Sensation was the first device to ship with the "brand new" Sense 3.0 back in 2011. This former flagship smartphone stayed on Ice Cream Sandwich when HTC decided to abandon it and focus on the One line. Now, the Sensation is almost four years old. Despite this, many still use it as their primary device. Development for this device is still quite active, and as a result we can see a quite functional Lollipop build. The unofficial CyanogenMod...

Jimmy McGee · Dec 8, 2014

HTC One M7 GPe Gets Lollipop, Verizon G3 CM11 Nightlies – XDA TV

Android 5.0 Lollipop is available for the HTC One (M7) Google Play Edition! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of Lollipop landing on the Sony Xperia S, Ion and Acro S and be sure to check out the article talking about Cyanogen to update the OnePlus One globally, even in India! That's not all that's covered in today's video!...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 7, 2014

HTC Releases Kernel Source for One M7, M8 GPe Devices

A few days, we talked about the Google Play editions of the HTC One M7 and M8 getting an Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Those updates, in addition to the totally new user experience, gave developers a chance to use the updated binary files, which were built to handle Android 5.0 without issue. HTC did its homework accordingly, and has now released the kernel source in a timely fashion. Most big OEMs respect open-source licensing and release the GPL-compliant kernel source...

Tomek Kondrat · Dec 6, 2014

HTC One (M7) GPe Gets Lollipop, OTA Captured

Android Lollipop still has a very low market share, with less than 0.1% of the overall Android devices connected to Google Play services. This number will soon change, as some devices are getting official updates from their manufacturers. Just two days ago, the Samsung Galaxy S5 received an Android 5.0.1 update in Poland. We didn't have to wait long for the HTC's response. The Taiwanese OEM started to push the Lollipop update for the Google Play edition of the HTC...

Jimmy McGee · Nov 21, 2014

TWRP for Nexus 6 and 9 Available, Unofficial CM12 Alpha for HTC Explorer! – XDA TV

Team Win Recovery Project for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is available now! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 for the HTC Explorer and be sure the check out the article talking about Android 5.0 Lollipop landing on the Sony Xperia Z3. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 20, 2014

Small But Eternal: HTC Explorer Receives Unofficial CM12

When HTC officially announced the HTC Explorer, they most likely weren't thinking that this device will be such popular handset. The device which originally shipped with the Android 2.3.5 is still in use by many--and rather unsurprisingly, the Explorer received an initial, unofficial port of CyanogenMod 12 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. To make this happen, XDA Recognized Contributor kirmaniarslan used resources provided by TeamHackLG and LegacyXperia groups. After adding a bunch of patches to adapt this archaic platform to Android...

Tomek Kondrat · Nov 14, 2014

Early Lollipop Builds for the OnePlus One and HTC Desire 816

Just yesterday, after quite a long wait, we finally had the pleasure of seeing the Lollipop factory images appear for some Nexus devices. These devices are popular with Android enthusiasts, but make up only a small percentage of phones and tablets released by the various OEMs. While some phones will get official ports of Android 5.0, others will have to rely on custom ROM development. The Google Nexus 6 is rather expensive piece of hardware, so many of you set your...