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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.

HTC One M8 Windows Phone release date and specs UK: Android flagship to get Windows Phone makeover

HTC is thought to be launching a Windows Phone version of the Android-powered One M8 smartphone. Here’s what you need to know about the device including release date, price and specs.

Now owned by Microsoft, it’s Nokia which has been essentially solely knocking out Windows Phone-based smartphones. Other firms like Samsung and HTC have been focussing on Google’s Android OS instead. However, things look to be changing with a rumoured Windows Phone 8.1 edition of the popular HTC One M8. Here’s everything you need to know.

HTC has scheduled an event for 19 August in New York where it is thought that it will announce the Windows Phone 8.1 version of the One M8. What its exact name will be is unclear although Verizon’s listing (which is where the image came from) calls it the ‘HTC M8 Windows’.

Since HTC hasn’t said what it will be unveiling it’s possible that it will be something else, even the Nexus 8, but it’s unlikely. As Winsupersite points out, many Windows-focused bloggers and journalists have been invited suggesting it isn’t an Android launch.

We’ve contacted HTC’s PR agency in the UK to find out about the event but the firm knows nothing about it. This suggests that, at least initially, the HTC M8 Windows device will be US-only and not be available in the UK.
HTC One M8 Windows Phone: Specs

Assuming the Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 will only be different in operating system, we already know the full specification of the device. There may be some differences, though.

It features a 5in Full HD screen, 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and an Adreno 330 GPU.

It also has a Duo Camera which can refocus photos after they’ve been taken, a 5Mp front camera, an IR blaster, NFC, 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and support for 4G LTE networks.

One of the lures of the M8 is its premium brushed aluminium design which is available in different colours and from the Verizon image, it looks like the Windows Phone edition will be no different.

The HTC One M8 has an optional DotView cover which is able to display information through tiny holes and conveniently, Microsoft has just announced Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 which includes support for smart covers.

HTC reportedly working on three new tablets

HTC is set to give the tablet game another shot, with the Taiwanese manufacturer reportedly working on three new slates, including the eagerly awaited Google Nexus 9.

According to serial tipster @evleaks, HTC will take another run at eating into Apple’s dominant share of the tablet market with a family of new products. The HTC One M8 maker has not rivalled the likes of the iPad mini or Samsung Galaxy Tab S for a number of years.

With the manufacturer widely expected to be responsible for designing and piecing together the Google branded Nexus 9 – the HTC T1 – latest reports have suggested that the company will also introduce the HTC T7 and HTC T12 tablets in 2014.

Taking to Twitter, @evleaks stated: “Besides the T1 Volantis/Flounder/Nexus 9, HTC is developing two other tablets: the T7 and T12.”

Although no further specs or details have been offered on the mooted HTC tablets, given their production names, we would expect the T7 and T12 devices to be 7-inch and 12-inch offerings respectively.

Again, an exact timescale of when we can expect these new HTC tablets is currently unclear. However, in order to keep track with the competition, we would anticipate HTC throwing its hat into the tablet ring during late Q3.

As well as a new push into the tablet space, recent leaks have hinted that HTC could also be plotting an assault on the smartwatch space.

HTC supercharges Dot View case with all-new wallpapers and powers

HTC’s eye-catching Dot View case has just got a little better, as the accompanying app has been updated to add a boatload of new features.

Now you can choose a custom wallpaper from 18 default themes or use one of your own photos or images. You can also now view the last three calls by swiping upwards, or swipe left or right to view email, text, voicemail and call notifications, all of which wasn’t possible with the previous version, which was mostly there to look nice and let you answer calls / find out the weather.

One of the problems (that security locks stopped this information popping up) has been fixed with the ability to bypass the security when in Dot View mode.

All this gives the Dot View case a much-needed injection of personalisation and the custom wallpaper in particular could make your HTC One M8 stand out, which is surely the whole point when you have such a stylish phone and unusual case.


HTC One M8 User Guide

HTC One M8 User GuideIf you are one of those people that fancy looking into user guides before you buy, or just want to make the most of your new phone, then take a look at the HTC One M8 User Guide by clicking on the image to the left.

If you prefer the Quick start guide then click here to access it.

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