HTC Looking Into One S Chipping Problem, Offering Replacements
HTC said that it is examining reports of One S units suffering from chips to the micro-arc oxidized finish. The company said in a statement, "The finish on the One S was laboratory tested as being at a hardness similar to ceramic. While that's hard, it doesn't mean it's impossible to damage. Regardless, HTC takes quality very seriously and are providing all customers with an immediate fix and we are implementing some small changes to ensure customers do not experience this issue in the future." The company is offering owners of affected units replacement devices if they return them within the first 30 days of ownership. The One S has yet to launch in the U.S., but it is going to be sold by T-Mobile USA in the coming weeks. It's unclear of the T-Mobile variant will suffer from the same issue.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
HTC Cuts the 10's Price By $100 for US Shoppers
HTC has dropped the price of the HTC 10 for the rest of the month. The phone now costs $599 when purchased from HTC's web site, a cut of $100.
HTC to Sell One M9 March 27 for $649, Carriers April 10
HTC will make the One M9 available for purchase on its web site beginning Friday, March 27 for $649. Carrier and major retailer sales of the device will kick off on or about April 10.
HTC's One M9 to Include Free 'Uh Oh' Insurance
HTC today announced Uh Oh Protection for the One M9, a program that will provide owners with a free replacement device if the M9 is damaged. Uh Oh Protection comes with the M9 automatically; customers won't need to sign up for it, but it is limited to the U.S.
HTC Says One A9 Won't Gain Support for Verizon's Network
HTC has cancelled plans to add support for Verizon's LTE network to the One A9 smartphone. The unlocked phone does not include CDMA and was expected to be Verizon's first LTE-only handset.