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Leaked HTC Sense 7 screenshots show Android 5.0 influence

HTC Sense 7 Material UI

The first glimpse of HTC’s next major release of Sense UI has made its way into the hands of YouMobile. And, if these first few screenshots are any indication, HTC may not stray far from the standard Android 5.0 aesthetics.

There isn’t a great deal to go on just yet, but it appears we could be in for more of the flat design with high contrasting accent colors. We’ll have to wait for more leaks to see how widgets and features like Blinkfeed might look with an infusion of Lollipop.

Google is expected to offer up the final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop next week; HTC previously promised to deliver a software update within 90 days of receiving the code from Google. Given how far along HTC looks to be with the update, we might assume they have been fast at work with developer previews.

It’s interesting to see HTC opt for a major new release of Sense instead of a minor refresh to the current 6.0 build. Typically, the hardware maker reserves this sort of thing for new devices in the spring. With that in mind, there’s plenty of time for refinements and new features for the HTC One M8 successor.

Source: cnet

First Image of Nexus 9?

This Could Be the First Image of HTC’s Nexus 9 Tablet

The whole ‘dropping a number’ thing seems to be catching in tech circles. First, Microsoft ignored the ninth digit entirely to leap from Windows 8 to Windows 10 – our kingdom for a “ours goes one higher” 11 – and now HTC is said to be readying its new Nexus 9 tablet for its Google paymasters, despite the complete lack of a Nexus 8 yet. And here’s the proof! (Sort of.)

This unsubstantiated snap comes courtesy of reliable Twitter pic rumour factory @Upleaks, which appears to show a HTC-branded Nexus tablet all right – keep staring past the hideous pink watermark – with the familiar matte-finish back and a noticeably changed size ratio to boot. Bar a micro USB port and an LED camera up top left, that’s all there is to go on for now, but still: exciting, ever-so-slightly blurred backage, huh?

As you can see from our complete Nexus 9 rumour rundown, chip-maker Nvidia previously named the “HTC Nexus 9″ in a lawsuit filed against Samsung and Qualcomm, also suggesting it will include the firm’s new, rather impressive Tegra K1 processor, so we certainly know it’s coming.

The Nexus 9 is also rumoured, somewhat predictably, to boast the upcoming Android L, spearheading Google’s still-in-beta operating system alongside Motorola’s also-rumoured Nexus X smartphone, codenamed “Shamu”.

We reached out to HTC, who declined to comment in that typically polite fashion that all companies do when they’re desperately trying to sit on a massive exclusive.

Source: gizmodo UK

HTC One M8 Eye coming with dual 13MP cameras

The HTC One M8 is a fantastic phone, there’s no doubt about that, but it still seems to be lagging behind the competition when it comes to the camera. If the rumours are true then a new version of the phone may be released, one that improves the One M8’s camera resolution from 4MP to 13MP.

Megapixels and resolution aren’t the only things that make a camera good, and our own review points out that the One M8 does perform incredibly well in low-light areas thanks to HTC’s ‘Ultrapixel’ technology. Similarly the dual-cameras allow for a whole host of bonus photography options. So imagine what it would be like with a small resolution boost.

Unfortunately the M8 Eye doesn’t have Ultrapixel, or at least that’s what the folks at Phandroid are saying. But, unlike the HTC One Mini 2 or the One E8 the extra resolution isn’t without the advantages of the dual camera sensor. Essentially this means that the M8 Eye should be able to perform all the post-shot edits that the One M8 can do. It just means that it might be as great in low-light settings.

HTC has hinted that photography is a big part of the event it’s holding on 8th October in New York, and it could be that if these rumours are true the company will be announced the M8 Eye to the world. The 8th is just over a week away, which means we don’t have long to wait. That being said, HTC has been prone to serious leaks in the past so don’t be surprised if we hear more about the M8 Eye in the next few days.

HTC’s Nexus 9 tablet may debut on October 16

Google may reportedly introduce new members of the Nexus family in October and speculations are rife that HTC would debut the Nexus 9 tablet on October 16.

The tweet regarding the same has come from an anonymous tipster and does not offer much to bank on.

However, assuming that the date and phone’s name prove accurate, people can also anticipate the formal release of Android ‘L’ along with it, since Google famously uses new Nexus phones and tablets as debut devices for any major OS update, CNET reported.

The mid-October timing certainly makes sense and matches previous autumn launches of Android. In addition, the Nexus 5 smartphone is set to celebrate its first birthday on October 31.

The last few months have given way to numerous leaks and rumours about a Nexus 9 tablet. Most recently, images of a keyboard case purporting to belong to the device, emerged online.

In addition to the powerful Tegra K1 processor, other hardware specifications of the HTC Nexus 9 could include an 8MP rear camera and 2GB RAM. Known by its Volantis code name, the tablet may be just one of multiple tablets due from HTC, the report added.

HTC announces the Desire 820

HTC has joined the legions of tech companies that are revealing new products at IFA in Berlin, after it announced the mid-range HTC Desire 820.

The 5.5-inch phone weighs in with a Qualcomm Octa-Core 64-bit processor — HTC’s second new device to sport 64-bits, but first to support Android L — 1.5GHz of RAM, and support for LTE networks. Strangely, HTC’s press materials make no mention of which version of Android that the device runs, but we know that it is Android 4.4, aka KitKat.

The Desire 820 has an eight-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Photography, well consumer camera features, are a big focus for this phone — which includes services that will let you “merge your features with a friend’s or celebrity’s for a modern mashup” (hmm, ok), and another which lets you preview your image while applying changes to smooth out your skin tones.

A third photo-focused feature — Photo Booth — lets you capture a burst of photos, presumably so you can then pick the one that looks best.

HTC says the device is mid-range, but there’s no price yet. Going on the features, it appears to be angled towards youngsters who perhaps can’t afford a top-end device or will find the focus on photos alluring.

The Desire 820 will be available “later this fall” — for now that’s all HTC is saying.


HTC announces Desire 510 with LTE, mid-range specs

Building on its mid-range Desire brand, HTC today announced the LTE-equipped Desire 510 for a worldwide launch. Slotting in notably lower than the Desire 610 announced earlier this year but much higher than last year’s Desire 500, the 510 is a 4.7-inch device with a fresh plastic design in either white or grey.

The Desire 510 pulls design notes from both the Desire 816 and 610, but harbors much lower-end specs to hit a more budget-friendly price point. The 4.7-inch display’s resolution is just 480 x 854 (FWVGA), backed up by a Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (SDcard expandable) and a simple 5MP camera — but thankfully that’s powering Android 4.4 and Sense 6, the latest software available.

The big deals here are that this device is equipped with LTE support and enough horsepower to easily push around the software — two important aspects in this kind of device. It’s even going to have a Dot View case available for it for a little extra flair.

HTC isn’t spilling the beans on where the Desire 510 will land price-wise, but given the specs we’re expecting it to be quite affordable. We do know that it’ll be headed for a worldwide launch later this year, though, with releases in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

HTC Desire 510

HTC One M9 Release Date News, Product Specifications, Design Concepts, Latest Updates, Imagination At Its Peek

HTC One M9 Release Date News, Product Specifications, Design Concepts, Latest Updates, Imagination At Its Peek

HTC One M9 release date is still unconfirmed and no news are heard from HTC yet. HTC One M9 is just a concept that is imagined by some experts and believe it to be true in the next HTC series of One Mx. We are still unsure if HTC will really release One M9. We don’t know nor anybody else knows at the moment online. HTC One M8 is just released in March and not many people seem to be happy with the concept designs and believe they are same as HTC 7. We cannot call it disappointing completely, but yes it is detrimental to notice user satisfaction.

What was there in HTC One M8? HTC One M8 has the latest SnapDragon 801 quad-core processor with duo camera, that means two cameras on its back. High definition front facing stereo speakers, Android 4.4, weight of only 5.64 Oz with dimensions of 5.76 x 2.78 x 037 inches. The M8 has 32 GB built in storage capacity and battery talk time of 20 hours. With all these features on board HTC One M8 is still best to compete with smartphone on the table. HTC users can be seen posting some positive reviews on various websites.

HTC One M9 at the moment is rumored at its best. Many concepts have emerged giving away some interesting new features. These are mostly the speculations and predictions. Experts believe HTC might open up after MWC that would be taking place in March next year. As per @evleaks “Slated for a first quarter 2015 launch, the HTC One M9 and HTC M9 Prime will be the next full refreshes of the One Mx family.” What we can expect is HTC One M9 will be more powerful than M8 with more advanced features.The HTC One M8 is sold at around £550, so HTC One M9 could be placed at around £500-600.


HTC One M8 for Windows

This is it, Windows Phone fans: You’re finally getting a premiere flagship smartphone this year, even if it did come out for Android months earlier. WPCentral has posted a brand-new picture of a retail display for the upcoming HTC One (M8) for Windows that we expect will officially launch on Tuesday at HTC’s press event in New York. As you can see below, the device looks exactly like the Android version of the device but is now clearly running Windows Phone as evidenced by the Windows Phone user interface and the Windows logo at the bottom of the display.


The One (M8), of course, is one of the best Android phones released this year, which means it will automatically become the best Windows Phone released this year once it finally gets official. 2014 has been a very bad year for high-end Windows Phones, as Microsoft has yet to announce a proper followup to last year’s outstanding Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520 flagship devices.

The phone is expected to be $199 on contract and hopefully this time Microsoft decides to not make it exclusive to one carrier as it did with the Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 1520. Other than running on Windows Phone 8.1, the device will likely be almost the exact same as the Android version with the same internal hardware.


HTC and Bose to shrink speakers for next-gen BoomSound

HTC’s partnership with Beats Audio was nothing short of a fiasco, so you’d be forgiven for being sceptical about the Taiwanese manufacturer’s latest audio endeavour.

To be fair, HTC and Bose are working with a very specific goal in mind. In particular, they’re out to shrink those big beefy BoomSound speakers – or so the story goes.

At present, the HTC One M8 is arguably the best smartphone out there for blasting music through the internal speakers, with a dedicated amplifier and front stereo sound.

The glaring downside, however, is the HTC One M8’s height. At 146.4mm, the One M8 is actually taller – just – than the 146.3mm LG G3, though the latter has a significantly larger display (5.5in vs. 5in).

Shrinking the size of the speakers would allow HTC to deliver either a smaller phone with the same display size, or something the same size but with a larger display.

For the record, the news comes from @tktechnews, with the full tweet reading: “Bose to work with HTC on next One Device says htc source. Making bezels smaller possibly to cram in a bigger display”.

HTC One M8 gets Android 4.4.3 update

The latest update to the HTC One M8 has arrived for European users and it’s a big one. Bringing the software up to version 4.4.3 of Android, the update comes in at a massive 613MB, so you’ll definitely want to be connected to Wi-Fi when you download it.

The update includes changes on both Google and HTC’s end, with various bug and security fixes as well as performance optimisations for Wi-Fi, mobile networks and Bluetooth.

But there’s more to it than that, including updates for the camera, gallery, settings and HTC Sync Manager and optimisations to BoomSound, Extreme Power Saving Mode, Motion Launch and Quick Settings.

Plus while this is technically Android 4.4.3, it includes security fixes from Android 4.4.4. What does all that mean for users? Well, not a lot on the surface. There isn’t much in the way of visual changes or new features but the phone should be faster than ever now as well as being a little less buggy and more secure, which are all good things.

The update has likely already hit your phone by now so you can grab it either from the notification you’ll probably get or by checking for updates from the settings screen. If it’s not available yet, don’t worry. It’s a gradual rollout and some countries and networks will get it later than others, so it should be with you soon.

Given that it includes the security fixes from Android 4.4.4 this is essentially the latest version of Android, so you’re unlikely to get another update before Android L rolls out and makes some big changes.

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