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Beats Rumored to Be Planning Their Own Smartphone and Beats-Ecosystem

When HTC first acquired Beats by Dre, it was seen as a fantastic move that had a lot of upside for both the mobile device industry and the niche of high-quality headphones. Unfortunately for both companies, the money spent never exactly made the project take off, which led to HTC selling back a lot of their stake in Beats recently. But now, it seems that Beats is ready to make some moves on its own. Rumors state that the headphone manufacturer is planning a Beats-themed smartphone sometime soon.

Obviously, the phone itself would be made by HTC since they are still business partners, but the rumored phone will not bear any HTC logos. It will however, feature a custom Beats user interface which we are assuming will be built over Android. Not content to stop there, Beats wants to jump into the music service by making an iTunes competitor and also a system that connects your new phone, TV, tablet and computer so that they can share streaming music between all of them. A juicy rumor for sure.

Does Beats have the clout to enter into the music game where Apple dominates, Google is trying to make headway and everyone else lags behind?

Via: BGR

  • Stoker

    You know I have always wanted a smartphone, but the lack of Gangsta Rapper approved and branded phones has kept me out of the market UNTIL NOW that is!

  • Dre Garner

    So I’m guessing all of the “cool kids” are going to be showing off their new overly priced and overrated phones

    • pete

      they already do it is called an iphone

      • Dre Garner

        Good point.

  • vitriolix

    Wow, another custom Android skin that will be laggy and infrequently updated. Just what the world is clamoring for.

  • sonicyoof

    I’m waiting for the Monster Cable phone instead. 1GB of RAM, dual-core, dipped in gold, $4,000 with 2-year contract.

    • niuguy

      But the gold will make it better due to the gold connectors between your ear and the phone!

    • WAldenIV

      That’s when I’ll buy the Monoprice version for $4 and get the same quality phone.

  • George264

    The thing is, it will look super cool I bet. Probably black all over with like red beats themed lines going all through the back of the phone with a huge beats logo in the center of the back. and those and my favorite colors. I could seriously see myself buying one and putting stock android on it. As long as it doesn’t have like 1Ghz single core or something BS.

    • Exactly, Beats aren’t just headphones, they’re a fashion accessory that looks super cool! I love wearing mine while out!

      • niuguy

        Beats: the iPhone of the headphone world!

  • FAIL ZONE. {{-_-}}

  • Knlegend1


  • soccercoach

    This will appeal to the younger crowd (think Teens) big time. They are the ones with the $200 head sets already and love them. Beats is tooooooo young for 50+ people and maybe even 40+ for the most part.

  • uthinkisay

    epic fail here just like their over priced crappy headphones

  • Can’t wait to hear the increased base on the call quality!

    • Dain Laguna


      • Fattie McDoogles


  • nightscout13

    Well, businesses learn from mistakes. They learned from mistake #1, and now they are about to commit mistake #2. Remember when HP refused to use Android and went with WebOS, and no one bought their tablet? They still refused to load it with Android, even after consumers stated that want it. That is why they failed. Arrogance.

  • guest

    via brg? click bait….

  • The one thing I don’t like about this rumor is the way to share music across all devices. Don’t we already have enough of those half baked services such as DLNA, AirPlay, and the dozens of media link adapters that all use different codes requiring a specific device. The only way anyone can really take advantage of something like this is if they buy the same brand of everything. (i.e. Beats Phone, Beats TV, Beats Tablet, Beats Computer)

  • TheRobotCow

    If anything this will be for those people who wear their beats headphones like necklaces, it’ll look pretty cool but overpriced and not as good as the competition. Well i’m not gonna lie i’m curious on how this will play out.

  • Am I the only one that is pro Beats by Dre? I personally love their headphones and I loved the Beats enhancer on my old HTC Rezound, so why do people hate on them so much?

    • EC8CH

      I think Kellex sports some Beats headphones from time to time…

      teehee 😛

    • Knlegend1

      For the amount of money you should be getting the best product. Instead for the money you get a nice looking headset with mediocre sound. I’m a huge fan of Dre but the headphones are not good. You can find cheaper headphones with better sound.

      • I feel for the $200 I spent on my solos and the $99 I spent on my iBeats, I got the best product available! I’m the type of music listener who loves bass and the more the better (as long as it sounds good and has a beat lol) and thats exactly what Beats deliver. The most bass with the most amplification that still sounds good. Yes, they are a tad overpriced but they’re kinda a 2 in 1 deal. A fashion accessory and headphones. I don’t mind paying a little extra to have a nice pair of headphones that don’t look like some black coffee mugs with a cord coming out of them! Not to mention these things are really durable. I wear the iBeats when exercising and use the Solos for around the house use and they have never skipped a beat! The iBeats go on a run 3 times a week and the Solos get used a good 15-20 hours a week and they still look new!

        • Knlegend1

          By all means if you enjoy them go for it. Personally I like bass too but I need a good sound stage first. I like hearing music in separate sections when wearing headphones that beats simply don’t offer. Too be honest beats aren’t the best for bass either. I think you should look around if you care though lol.

  • Nicholassss

    please no.

    it will probably sell like hotcakes to people who dont frequent this site though.

  • belsonc


  • EC8CH


  • someone!

    so, essentially an HTC phone with an equalizer, overpiced, random colors, and douchey all around?

    • Captain_Doug

      Not douchey, swag-y. You know, the opposite of classy.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      so what your saying is… its going to be exactly what HTC phones are now?

  • Bionic_Pags

    The idea to acquire beats was never fantastic… i remember hearing about HTC making this “huge” announcement, and then they came out with that… terrible then, terrible now.

  • they need to stop and think this out

    • EC8CH

      This is what happens when a company is built too heavily upon Marketing.

      They think it’s just all about the Branding.

  • TheTruth

    Let’s hope this is a rumor and not a reality because I predict bad things. Random thought, didn’t Garmin have an Android powered phone a couple years ago?

  • NemaCystX

    A Beats Nexus so to speak

  • moelsen8

    yawn, snore, yawn.

  • Ya i’m going with no. It will be a huge fail.

  • So, the phone will look cool but actually suck. The UI will find a way to be worse than Sense probably, too.

    Please, no.

    • NemaCystX

      It could be HTC’s opportunity to use stock android without it interfering with HTC’s name (since there known for Sense or Espresso)

    • What’s a bootloader? ~Dr. Dre

    • michael arazan

      How about beats make speaker docks for smartphones and tablets instead, so I can get high quality audio to my music and videos from my crappy speakers on phones and tablets.

      • Fattie McDoogles

        +1 I am so sick over everyone trying to do the same thing! Why do we need all of these music players that no one is EVER going to use?!?! Stick to making audio equipment! They should say “hey HTC… make less phones and make them more universal in shape and we’ll build you a bunch of really get docks and speakers that can be used directly with your products and we will sell them together and rule the world!

  • aNYthing6

    This will bomb. Hard.

    • niuguy

      Are you suggesting this phone would be da bomb?

  • Guest


  • Mack

    How bout’…no.

    I cannot see myself ever buying this.

  • No… just no