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Sprint, Boost, and Virgin to Sell the HTC Desire 510

Sep 16, 2014, 9:44 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Sep 16, 2014, 3:55 PM

Sprint today announced it and its prepaid brands will all soon offer the HTC Desire 510. HTC announced the 510 last month. It is an entry-level handset with LTE 4G on board. It features a 4.7-inch display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage. The main camera captures 5-megapixel images, and the user-facing camera captures VGA images. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and DLNA for sharing media. The 510 runs Android 4.4 KitKat and includes HTC Sense and Blinkfeed. Sprint plans to sell the device with its postpaid service. It will reach Sprint stores on September 19. It will cost $9 per month with Sprint Easy Pay. The full retail price is $216. Sprint didn't spell out the contract price. Boost Mobile will begin selling the Desire 510 on September 22 for $100, and Virgin Mobile will begin selling it on September 23 for $100. Neither Boost nor Virgin Mobile requires contracts. The Desire 510 is also being sold by Cricket Wireless.


Google Releases Trio of Android One Phones in India

Sep 15, 2014, 7:12 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google and its partners today revealed the first three Android One handsets. Google initially spoke about Android One in June. The idea behind Android One is to bring low-cost handsets to the largest-possible populations around the world. To that end, Google worked with hardware makers, component suppliers, and wireless network operators to develop inexpensive smartphones for India. The first three devices are the Karbonn Sparkle V, the Micromax Canvas A1, and the Spice Dream UNO. The phones include front and rear cameras, large touch screens, MediaTek processors, dual SIM card slots, memory card slots, FM radios, and removable batteries. All three phones are being sold for about $105. According to Google, the devices ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, but will be among the first to receive Android L later this year. Google, rather than the local network operators, will provide all the system updates for these devices. Google said it has signed more manufactures to the Android One project, including Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, Asus, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, Xolo, and chipmaker Qualcomm. Google plans to expand the Android One program to Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka later this year, with more to follow throughout 2015. The main goal is to connect as many people as possible - more than 5 billion - to the internet.


HTC Desire 610 On Its Way to Big Red, According to FCC

Sep 12, 2014, 11:44 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Documents seen on the FCC web site suggest that Verizon Wireless will soon have its own version of the HTC Desire 610. Based on the model number (OP90300), SKU (HTC331ZLVW), and spectrum support, a newly approved phone made by HTC is earmarked for Big Red. The 610 is an affordable Android phone with a 4.7-inch display, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 8-megapixel main camera, front camera, 4G LTE, and a memory card slot. It sports a clean design inspired by the HTC One, but in high-quality plastic. Like the One, it features BoomSound dual front speakers and Zoe video functions. HTC announced the Desire 610 earlier this year, and it is already being sold by AT&T.


T-Mobile Expands Wi-Fi Calling, Partners with GoGo

Sep 10, 2014, 3:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Sep 17, 2014, 7:04 AM

T-Mobile today said it will make Wi-Fi calling available to all its postpaid customers for free. The move, announced at an event in San Francisco, is meant to help provide improved voice coverage in spaces where T-Mobile's network doesn't reach. Wi-Fi calls can be made from any open network. Even so, T-Mobile also debuted the T-Mobile Personal Cell Spot. This Wi-Fi hotspot, made by Asus, requires a $25 deposit and works with existing in-home internet service. It will permit T-Mobile customers to experience high-quality Wi-Fi calls when at home. It prioritizes voice functionality over data functionality. New phones sold by T-Mobile (including the iPhone 6) will have this new functionality built in from the get-go, while older devices will receive an update to gain the new Wi-Fi calling features. The Personal Cell Spot will remain private; only those with the Wi-Fi password will be able to use it for calls and messaging. The Wi-Fi calling feature is free to use for all customers. T-Mobile offered a similar service back in 2007, called Hotspot@Home, but discontinued it in 2010. T-Mobile also announced a partnership with GoGo that will let its customers send and receive SMS/MMS messages from GoGo-equipped airplanes, as well as receive visual voicemail. The in-flight messaging service goes live September 17 and is free to all T-Mobile customers. The service will work with select phones at launch, including Samsung Galaxy S5, Apple iPhone 5s, HTC One, and LG G3 among others. More will be added over time.

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Hands-On: HTC Desire 510 for Cricket Wireless

Sep 10, 2014, 1:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Cricket today committed to selling the HTC Desire 510 in the U.S. This entry-level smartphone from HTC offers the company's best features in an affordable package. Here are our first thoughts.

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Cricket to Sell HTC Desire 510 for $150

Sep 10, 2014, 1:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Cricket Wireless today said it will offer the HTC Desire 510 to customers beginning September 19. The handset will cost $150 and is compatible with Cricket's array of prepaid service plans. HTC announced the 510 last month. It is an entry-level handset with LTE 4G on board. It features a 4.7-inch display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage. The main camera captures 5-megapixel images, and the user-facing camera captures VGA images. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and DLNA for sharing media. The 510 runs Android 4.4 KitKat and includes HTC Sense and Blinkfeed. The handset will be available from Cricket's web site first, with a phased rollout across the company's 6,000 retail points through October.

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Hands-On: HTC Desire 820

Sep 4, 2014, 2:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC picked a good name for this mid-range hero device. The 820 is a significant improvement over its predecessor and brings some novel features to the fold. Here are Phone Scoop's initial impressions.

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HTC Brings 64-Bit Power to Desire 820

Sep 4, 2014, 1:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Sep 4, 2014, 1:42 AM

HTC today announced the Desire 820, a follow-up to the 816 from earlier this year. HTC took care in its design, creating new process - Double Shot - to combine the different colored plastics that give the phone its unique look. The 820 is notable because it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with two banks of four cores, one at 1.5GHz and one at 1.0GHz. It has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and supports microSD cards up to 64GB. The 615 integrates Category 4 LTE, as well as smartphone standards such as dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. The phone features a 5.5-inch 720p LCD screen surrounded by HTC's signature BoomSound stereo speakers. The Desire 820 includes a 13-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera with BSI sensor and 1080p HD video capture. The main imager has a 28mm lens at f/2.2. The phone has a new app called Photo Booth, which can be used to create photo collages. It also has a software tool to instantly "add makeup" to faces to improve their appearance. Another novel photo feature allows users to mashup two portraits into one, creating a single face from the two source photos. The HTC Desire 820 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0 and will come in a variety of colors. It will ship to various markets beginning at the end of September. HTC didn't say if the phone will be made available in the U.S.

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Sprint Selling the HTC One (E8)

Aug 29, 2014, 9:43 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Aug 29, 2014, 11:59 AM

Sprint today added the HTC One (E8) to its roster of Android smartphones. The E8, which was announced earlier this year, is a plastic version of the M8. It carries over many of the same features, such as the 5-inch full HD screen, BoomSound speakers, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2,600mAh battery with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and HTC Sense 6.0. The device trades the M8's 4-ultrapixel camera for a standard 13-megapixel sensor. The Sprint E8 includes Sprint Spark, Wi-Fi calling, and HD Voice. It is being sold in gray or white online and via telesales. With Sprint Easy Pay, the HTC One E8 can be purchased for $0 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $20.84. Alternately, it costs $99 with a new two-year contract or $499 at full retail.


T-Mobile to Sell HTC One for Windows this Fall

Aug 28, 2014, 10:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile today voiced support for the HTC One for Windows on its web site. The company will sell the device in the weeks ahead. It is already sold by Verizon Wireless, and will also soon be sold by AT&T. The One for Windows runs Windows Phone rather than Android.


Sprint Adds Avatars to Visual Voicemail

Aug 28, 2014, 9:43 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint today announced a new service that will allow customers to add animations and avatars to their voicemail messages. The service is available to Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile USA customers with select Android handsets. The base service includes 12 free avatars and 12 free backgrounds that can be paired together in any combination along with voice effects in order to create unique animations. The avatars are lip-synced with the caller's voicemail (up to 20 seconds for free, up to two minutes with premium subscription). According to Sprint, the content library will be updated often, with new free and paid avatars and backgrounds appearing each week. Sprint customers can use their own voice, or an optional voice effect with variable pitch to make the message more fun. The avatar messages can be shared via voicemail, email, SMS, and even posted to Facebook. Further, messages can be sent to any user on any network, and can also be viewed on the web from desktops or tablets. Devices compatible with the service will receive an update to the visual voicemail application beginning this month. The initial list of compatible devices includes the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, and S5, and Note 2; the HTC EVO 4G LTE and HTC One. Sprint said more devices will be made compatible with the service over time.


AT&T One (M8) Receiving Android 4.4.3

Aug 27, 2014, 10:48 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC said via Twitter that owners of the AT&T variant of the One (M8) can download Android 4.4.3 beginning today. The minor system update, which fixes bugs and improves performance (esp. GPS), can be installed over the air.


HTC Intros Desire 510, A Low-Cost LTE Phone

Aug 27, 2014, 7:13 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC today announced the Desire 510, an entry-level device that includes LTE 4G for many regions around the world. The 510 is made from polycarbonate and HTC created a DotView case for the device, which allows owners to answer calls even when the case is closed. The phone has a 4.7-inch FWVGA display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor. It has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, and supports microSD cards up to 128GB. The main camera captures 5-megapixel images, and the user-facing camera captures VGA images. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and DLNA for sharing media. The 510 runs Android 4.4 KitKat and includes HTC Sense and Blinkfeed. HTC said the Desire 510 will be sold in most countries around the world in the months ahead. None of the U.S. network operators have announced plans to sell the 510, and pricing wasn't immediately disclosed.


AT&T's HTC One mini to Gain Sense 6 Update

Aug 26, 2014, 9:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC took to Twitter today to tout the pending arrival of Sense 6.0 for the AT&T variant of the One mini. The update makes changes to the camera app, Blinkfeed, and various other functions. More specifics weren't provided.


AT&T to Sell HTC One for Windows, Too

Aug 19, 2014, 6:04 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T chimed in this evening to say it, too, will carry the HTC One for Windows. AT&T said pricing and availability will be announced at a later date. Verizon is selling the phone starting tomorrow.


Hands-On: HTC One for Windows Phone

Aug 19, 2014, 9:45 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC gives Windows Phone fans what they've always wanted: A premium device with Microsoft's operating system. Here are our initial thoughts on HTC's latest device.

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HTC One Trades Android for Windows Phone

Aug 19, 2014, 9:26 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Aug 19, 2014, 9:32 AM

HTC today announced the One for Windows Phone, a variant of the One (M8) that swaps Google's mobile platform for Microsoft's. The One for Windows Phone runs the latest operating system from Microsoft and carries over a few HTC apps, such as Blinkfeed, the HTC duo-camera, SenseTV, Video Highlights, and BoomSound. The One for Windows Phone adopts some of the M8's motion gestures, such as double-tap to wake, but also loses a few. Apart from the operating system, the hardware is identical to the One (M8) with Android. It has the same 5-inch 1080p HD screen, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, Ultra-pixel main camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera, and premium aluminum design. The HTC One for Windows Phone is exclusive to Verizon Wireless. It is available online from VerizonWireless.com beginning today and reaches Verizon stores August 20 for $99 with a new contract or $30 with Verizon Edge.

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HTC to Offer Zoe, Other Apps to All Android Phones

Aug 13, 2014, 7:59 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC is prepared to make a version of its Zoe application available in the Google Play Store. The app is intended for all Android devices, which will be able to shoot their own Zoes and share the creative video-making process with others. HTC's Zoe is a camera feature specific to a select few of its smartphones, such as the HTC One (both M7 and M8). The new app will allow Samsung, LG, and other Android devices to shoot video clips and pair them with themes and pictures to create 30-second masterpieces. The critical element of the new app is the ability to share Zoes online and contribute to them. For example, HTC envisions multiple people using Zoe to capture an event, such as a wedding, and then adding their own clips to a longer community video that provides for a more compete representation of the event. Zoe will reach the Play Store later this week. HTC is not stopping at Zoe, according to Re/Code. HTC plans to make other apps available to all Android devices. The company has already broken out some of its proprietary apps, such as the gallery and calendar, so they may be updated more frequently outside of full OS upgrades. HTC has assembled a team of 260 people, collectively called HTC Creative Labs, to work on its apps both for HTC and non-HTC phones. HTC didn't say which apps might arrive next.


HTC's Desire Range More Broadly Available in US

Aug 11, 2014, 3:04 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC today expanded the availability of the Desire 816 and Desire 610 in the U.S. First, Virgin Mobile has committed to selling the Desire 816, which will be available beginning August 12 for $299. The 816 is an inexpensive phablet, which features a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen, plastic shell, and BoomSound speakers. Virgin Mobile does not require contracts. Second, HTC is making the Desire 816 and Desire 610 available to U.S. consumers directly via its web site. The 610 has a 4.7-inch screen and BoomSound speakers. The 610 is also available from AT&T's GoPhone prepaid brand for $200. Both devices run the latest version of Android and HTC Sense 6.0.


HTC One (M8) to Add MirrorLink Support for Cars

Aug 11, 2014, 7:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC and the Car Connectivity Consortium today announced that a forthcoming software update will make the One (M8) MirrorLink compatible. MirrorLink is a connectivity tool for pairing smartphones and cars. It works across smartphone platforms and car manufacturers, and, according to the CCC, is the only vendor-neutral standard available. With MirrorLink aboard, the One (M8) will be able to connect to select in-car infotainment systems,m allowing drivers to more safely access their phone's content when behind the wheel. It's unclear how many cars currently support MirrorLink, but the CCC hopes with HTC's support more will choose to support it. Apple and Google both recently announced their own connectivity solutions for cars, which are expected to appear in iOS 8 and Android Release L, respectively. HTC said it will add MirrorLink support to mode devices down the road.


HTC One Owners Can Now Share Duo Cam Shots Via Gallery App

Aug 7, 2014, 7:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC today updated its gallery application and made it easier for owners of the HTC One (M8) to share the unique photos captured by the Duo Camera. The M8 has two cameras, which allows it to add perspective information to photos after the fact. The updated app introduces the Duo Effects Gallery, which is a web viewer that can be used to share the interactive images created by UFocus, Foregrounder, and Dimension Plus. Previously, these photos were only viewable on the M8 itself. Now M8 users can send a link to these files to anyone. The updated gallery application is free to download from the Google Play Store.


HTC One with Windows Phone Leaked by Verizon

Aug 1, 2014, 3:10 PM   by Rich Brome

An image has been found on public Verizon Wireless web servers that appears to show an HTC phone running Windows Phone. The phone appears almost identical to the One (M8), HTC's current flagship phone with a curved metal body. Unsurprisingly, the screen shows an LTE indicator and Cortana, the voice assistant feature in the just-released 8.1 version of Windows Phone. No further details have been confirmed.


HTC Posts Keyboard, Clock Apps in Play Store

Jul 24, 2014, 9:54 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC has recently pulled some of the core applications out of its Sense user interface and made them available separately through the Google Play Store. Both the Sense keyboard and Sense clock apps have appeared in the Play Store in recent days, which can now be updated independent from full OS upgrades. Google and Motorola have taken similar steps with some of their apps, such as their camera apps. HTC already offers a handful of other apps via the Play Store, including Gallery, Blinkfeed, Sense TV, and Dot View.


Verizon Rebadges the HTC One mini 2 as the Remix

Jul 23, 2014, 10:06 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless today announced it will sell the HTC One Remix beginning July 24 for $99 with a new contract. The One Remix is a rebranded version of the HTC One mini 2, which was announced earlier this year. The Remix relies on the same design language as the full-sized HTC One (M8), but is considerably smaller. The Remix features a 4.5-inch 720p display, 13-megapixel camera, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and HTC Sense 6.0 with Blinkfeed. In addition to the contract price, Verizon will also offer the HTC Remix via its Edge monthly payment program.


Sprint Adds Wi-Fi Calling to HTC One (M8)

Jul 22, 2014, 11:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint recently announced that it is rolling out Wi-Fi calling to the HTC One and HTC One Harmon Kardon Edition. The Wi-Fi calling feature makes it possible to connect voice calls and send messages via local Wi-Fi networks rather than through Sprint's cellular network. International Wi-Fi calling will also be available in the coming weeks. It allows customers to make calls and send texts via Wi-Fi in more than 100 countries. Only a handful of Sprint's phones support Wi-Fi calling, but Sprint said more will be updated with the feature throughout the year. HTC One owners will receive the update over the next few weeks.


Hands On with the HTC Desire 610 for AT&T

Jul 16, 2014, 6:35 PM   by Rich Brome

HTC has brought its Desire 610 mid-range phone to AT&T. The 610 brings high-end design and a few nifty features to a low price point. It's not perfect, though, and it does differ from the international version a bit. Read on for our first impressions with one.

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HTC Desire 610 Coming to AT&T

Jul 15, 2014, 9:40 PM   by Rich Brome   updated Jul 16, 2014, 6:18 PM

AT&T tonight announced that it will offer HTC's Desire 610 on July 25 for $200 without a contract. The 610 is an affordable Android phone with a 4.7-inch display, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 8-megapixel main camera, front camera, 4G LTE, and a memory card slot. It sports a clean design inspired by the HTC One, but in high-quality plastic. Like the One, it features BoomSound dual front speakers and Zoe video functions. AT&T also offers Next pricing for the Desire 610, which runs as low as $8.34/month. At full price, it's available for both post-paid and GoPhone pre-paid service plans.


Google Brings Screen Mirroring to Chromecast

Jul 9, 2014, 11:09 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google today said its Chromecast HDTV plugin device can now mirror the screens of nearby Android smartphones and tablets. With screen mirroring, anything that appears on the phone or tablet's screen will appear on the TV. The feature can be used to share photos or view/interact with apps on the big screen. According to Google, screen mirroring is available as a beta to Nexus devices and select phones from Samsung, HTC, and LG. Mirroring requires the Chromecast app version 1.7, which should reach the Play Store in the coming days. The Chromecast is a HDMI dongle that plugs directly into TV sets. Users can cast content, such as music and movies, from select apps to the Chromecast via Wi-Fi.


Facebook Home Seemingly Abandoned

Jun 27, 2014, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jun 27, 2014, 2:03 PM

Facebook has disbanded the team that developed Facebook Home, its replacement home screen for Android devices. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the New York Times reports engineers assigned to Facebook Home have been reassigned to other departments within the company. Facebook launched Home in April 2013 along with the HTC First smartphone. Both were considered to be failures within weeks of launch, with poor uptake and negative reviews. Home offered an alternative home screen to Android devices that replaced the user interface with links to status updates, the camera, and other sharing tools. Facebook has not updated Home since January, but the app is still available from the Google Play Store. Earlier this year, Facebook released Paper, an app that repackages the Facebook Newsfeed into a more digestible digital magazine. Facebook did not comment on the Times' story.


Sprint Launches HD Voice Nationwide, Expands LTE

Jun 23, 2014, 12:29 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jun 23, 2014, 1:01 PM

Sprint today announced several new milestones for its network. To start, HD Voice is now available to Sprint customers nationwide. Sprint first launched HD Voice with the HTC EVO 4G in 2012 and now says 28 of its smartphones are capable of making HD Voice calls. Sprint today announced its LTE network has expanded to 28 new markets, and now reaches a total of 471 cities and 225 million people. Sprint expects to reach 250 million by mid-year. Sprint expanded the reach of Sprint Spark by three markets, including St. Louis, Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C. Sprint also announced the forthcoming availability of international Wi-Fi Calling on select smartphones. With Wi-Fi Calling, Sprint customers will be able to make calls and send texts via Wi-Fi in more than 100 countries around the world. Wi-Fi Calling will launch in a few weeks. Last, Sprint is prepared to deploy 8T8R radios in order to boost the coverage and the strength of its 2.5GHz spectrum. The 8T8R radios are being tested and will go live in Spark markets later this summer.


Virgin Offering $25 Monthly Smartphone Plan

Jun 17, 2014, 9:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Virgin Mobile USA today announced a limited-time offer that drops the price of its entry-level smartphone plan to $25 per month. The Unlimited Talk and Text plan is available to select Android smartphones, including the LG Volt, LG Optimus F3, Kyocera Hydro Vibe, and several others. The plan provides unlimited domestic voice minutes and domestic messaging, but no data. Virgin says the devices all include Wi-Fi and can access data through hotspots. The idea is to give customers many of the benefits smartphones offer without the associated monthly cost. The plan is available to new customers only through September 2. Virgin is also offering a $5 Daily Mobile Hotspot plan that allows select handsets to act as mobile hotspots for up to five devices. The plan provides 250MB of data access and is compatible with the HTC Desire and EVO V 4G, iPhone 4s/5/5s, Kyocera Hydro Vibe, LG Volt, and Samsung Galaxy S5. Customers need to subscribe to Virgin's Beyond Talk monthly plan in order to use the $5 Daily Mobile Hotspot feature.


HTC Gallery App Update Lets Users Adjust Blur

Jun 9, 2014, 2:17 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC today pushed out a small update to its gallery application for all devices running Sense 6.0. The app adds a toolbar for adjusting the strength of the blur tool in UFocus, which lets users dial in the exact effect they want. The app also expands the availability of the Dimension Plus and Pan 360 viewers to all Sense 6.0 phones. HTC Gallery is free to download from the Google Play Store.


ZTE Hopes High-End Phones Will Increase Sales

Jun 9, 2014, 7:39 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

ZTE today said it plans to push into the high-end smartphone market controlled by the likes of Apple, HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony. According to Reuters, sales of ZTE's mid-range and entry-level handsets are strong, but margins are too thin. The company wants to use high-end handsets to help increase its margins. "We will make more and more premium smartphones," said ZTE's Zeng Xuezong to Reuters. The company wants to trade its image as a low-cost phone maker for one that rivals the current market leaders. "There is indeed a gap between the brand awareness of Chinese companies and those top global brands, and this is what our team is trying to build for consumers" with handsets such as the Nubia Z5, said Zeng. ZTE believes it can increase is worldwide sales from 40 million units in 2013 to as much as 100 million units by 2016. In the U.S., it is seeking to raise its marketshare from 6% to 10% by 2017 with the help of premium devices and by spending more money on marketing. Most of the ZTE handsets available in the U.S. are entry-level devices sold by prepaid or low-cost carriers.


HTC E8 Is a Plastic M8 with the One mini 2's Camera

Jun 3, 2014, 2:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jun 3, 2014, 8:57 AM

HTC today announced the One (E8), a variant of the One (M8) that carries over nearly every feature other than the aluminum design and camera. The E8 replaces the aluminum exterior with a unibody polycarbonate shell that is far less costly for HTC to manufacture. The E8 also replaces the M8's dual-camera design for a simpler setup. The E8 uses a 13-megapixel sensor with pixels that are normal sized with back-side illumination and an aperture of f/2.2 - same as the One mini 2. The E8 has a 5-megapixel user-facing camera for selfies. The rest of the E8's hardware specs mirror those of the M8. It includes a 5-inch full HD LCD3 screen, stereo BoomSound speakers, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and support for microSD cards up to 128GB. It packs a bevy of sensors, and includes NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/GLONASS, dual-band Wi-Fi, and worldwide LTE bands. The HTC One E8 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0 and the newest version of BlinkFeed. It offers the Motion Gestures found on the M8, and is compatible with the Dot View case. The E8 will launch in select markets in June. Pricing in the U.S. is expected to be about $450 at full retail.

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HTC China Provides Peek at Plastic-Covered One

May 29, 2014, 1:43 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC's web site in China recently posted images of an unannounced device that resembles the One (M7) from last year. The phone has the signature BoomSound dual speakers, slim build, and shape of HTC's One series of devices and is referred to as the "HTC One" on the web site. The images show a single camera with flash on the back surface and a screen lock button on top, but few other details. The device will come in four colors: red, white, black, and blue. HTC has an event scheduled to take place in China June 3, and it is probable the unannounced web site will make its formal debut at that time.


Sense 6.0 for Verizon's HTC One (M7) Hits this Week

May 27, 2014, 7:32 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC recently indicated that Verizon Wireless will begin pushing the Sense 6.0 system update to the One (M7) this week. The update brings the M7 in line with the software running on the M8. The unlocked variant, the developer variant, and the T-Mobile variant of the M7 have already been updated to Sense 6.0. AT&T and Sprint are both still in the process of certifying Sense 6.0 for their versions of the M7. According to HTC's update status web site, it is also still working to bring Sense 6.0 to the Verizon HTC One max and the AT&T HTC One mini. The Sense 6.0 update for the Verizon One M7 will be pushed out in waves.


AT&T's HTC One Receiving Minor Update

May 15, 2014, 4:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T today said it is delivering a small system update to its variant of the HTC One (M8) that adds the FitBit application, improves Bluetooth performance, and installs Extra Power Savings Mode. The update is free to download and install.


Hands-On: HTC One mini 2

May 15, 2014, 2:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC today trotted out a smaller version of its flagship smartphone, fittingly called the One mini 2. This easier-to-handle handset offers all the good looks of its bigger brother, but not quite all the same features. Here are our first impressions.

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HTC One mini 2 Offers A Bit Less of A Good Thing

May 15, 2014, 2:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC today announced the One mini 2, a follow-up to last year's One mini that adopts the design language and appeal of this year's HTC One (M8). The One mini 2 carries over some of the M8's best features, though it makes several distinct downgrades in order to meet HTC's price point goals. The One mini 2 is made from high-quality aluminum, but has a bit more polycarbonate filling out the frame to reduce manufacturing costs. It includes HTC's BoomSound dual-speaker setup on the front face, which produce stereo sound. The One mini 2 has a 4.5-inch 720p HD Super LCD 3 screen and a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. These are a step down from the 5-inch full HD screen and Snapdragon 801 processor found in the M8. The One mini 2 also loses the M8's dual-camera set up. Instead of using a 4-ultrapixel sensor, the One mini 2 uses a traditional 13-megapixel sensor with back-side illumination and f/2.2 aperture. The phone includes a 5-megapixel user-facing camera for self portraits. Both cameras can capture 1080p HD video. The One mini 2 loses the two-tone flash found on the M8, as well as the IR port for controlling home theater equipment. It runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Sense 6.0 with the new Blinkfeed app. The phone supports LTE in select markets, in addition to HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS. The battery, which is sealed inside, provides 2,100mAh of juice and the phone includes 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and support for microSD cards up to 128GB. The device will be offered in gun-metal gray, silver, and gold. HTC announced the One mini 2 at an event in the U.K., and did not say if the device will reach the U.S. AT&T was the only U.S. carrier to sell the One mini last year.

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HTC Starts Outsourcing Some Manufacturing

May 5, 2014, 7:23 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC has begun using other companies to build some of its devices, according toThe Wall Street Journal. The company has asked Taiwan-based Compal and China-based Wingtech to manufacture its mid-range Desire series phones. Outsourcing the manufacture of these devices is meant to help HTC cut costs. HTC has faced financial troubles for years, and posted losses in its two most recent financial quarter. HTC still makes its high-end One series devices in-house, where it has more control over processes. Apple has long outsourced the manufacturing of its iPhones and iPads to Asia-based corporations. Nokia has begun outsourcing some of its manufacturing, though Samsung and LG continue to make their own hardware. The Journal says HTC's moves reflect more active engagement of Chairwoman Cher Wang, who has stepped up in recent months to help CEO Peter Chou. HTC did not comment on the Journal's report.


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