Sensation XE First HTC Handset with Beats Integration
HTC today announced the Sensation XE, its first handset to include audio technology from its new partnership with Beats Audio. The Sensation XE is essentially the same Sensation announced earlier this year (sold by T-Mobile as the Sensation 4G), but with a few changes. The Sensation XE has Beats Audio software added and will come with a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre in-ear headphones. These additions will deliver "fuller bass and crisper vocals and a new level of clarity and range," according to HTC. Other changes include a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an extended battery. The Sensation XE will first be made available across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. HTC has not announced plans to bring this handset to the U.S. at this time.
HTC Bolt, with 3-Channel CA, Is a Sprint Exclusive
HTC and Sprint today announced the Bolt, the first smartphone to ship with support for three-channel carrier aggregation (3xCA) for Sprint's LTE Plus network. The HTC Bolt can aggregate three 20MHz LTE channels to improve wireless performance.
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.
Apple Releases Its Second Android App for Beats Speaker
Apple has made available a new Android app called Beats Pill+. The app has the distinction of being Apple's second-ever for the Android platform, following the Move to iOS app released earlier this year.
JBL Headphones First to Use USB Type-C with HTC 10
HTC and JBL today announced a pair of headphones optimized for the HTC 10 smartphone. What's unique about these headphones is they are among the first to use the USB-C connector, rather than standard 3.5mm headphone jack, to connect with the HTC 10.
HTC to Sell the Bolt As the 10 Evo Overseas
HTC today announced the 10 evo, an international variant of the Bolt that will be sold in markets outside the U.S. The only significant difference between the Bolt and 10 evo is the latter's lesser support for LTE.
According to HTC?
Yeah, becuase HTC is the authority on all things full and crisp, right? If anybody has used the HTC Surround, they will know that HTC certainly is not a sound authority.