HTC One (M8) on AT&T Gets Update With HD Voice

The HTC One (M8) on AT&T is receiving an update today that unfortunately is not Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” Even though we are approaching the backend of HTC’s 90-day update rollout, this update, at least according to AT&T’s support, is just Android 4.4.4 with the inclusion of HD Voice. The update also improves battery performance, introduces security and Bluetooth enhancements, and upgrades some bloatware.

In order to check for the update, head into Settings and tap on AT&T Software update>Check for updates.

The update drops in officially as Android 4.4.4, software 3.42.502.1  (more…)

HTC Sets March 1 for Unveiling of Next Flagship Phone (Updated)

Thanks to HTC, we have something to hypebeast on this lovely Friday morning. In a “save the date” event invite sent out through what I can only imagine was HTC’s Euro press team, we have a date to mark on our calendars for the unveiling of the company’s next flagship phone. Titled “Utopia in Progress,” the invite doesn’t mention much, other than that we all need to join them “to see what’s next,” in Barcelona, Spain, on March 1.  (more…)

Forget Wireless Charging, Your Next Phone Needs Quick or Turbo Charging

A year ago, maybe even six months ago, I was fully invested in Qi wireless charging. There was a time that I couldn’t even envision life without a phone that had Qi wireless charging built-in. In fact, I used to complain about phones not having the technology built in and chastised carriers for removing it from their phones. Today, I couldn’t care less about it. I can still acknowledge the convenience it brings by not having to plug your phone in, but at this point, I’m much more interested in charging phones faster than without wires. Yes, I’m talking about Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which has more recently been marketed as “Turbo Charging,” thanks to Motorola. This is the future of charging. (more…)

Tuesday Poll: In Your Mind Who Updates Android Devices the Fastest? Slowest?

While there is likely data out there on the Internet to support which OEM comes through the most consistently with regard to OTA updates, user perception is just, if not more important when it comes to deciding which phone you will purchase.

For the longest time, it seemed that no OEM was really better than any other, until Motorola and HTC decided to make it a race, with HTC going as far as promising updates to the newest version of Android within 90 days for their flagship devices. When someone buys a phone, they want to know their device will continue to see support, so many of you may opt for Nexus devices, assuming Google will provide you with the quickest. However, since Google makes the software, they have a bit of an unfair advantage in this competition, so we have decided to leave them out of this poll.

From how we see it, HTC and Motorola currently sit on top of the OTA update mountain, with Samsung, Sony, and LG trailing. Now, it’s up to you to tell us how you feel on the situation. Below, we have two polls – one which asks who is the quickest OEM to send OTA update, and one asking who is the slowest. Make sense?

Feel free to share your thoughts on the OTA update playing field below.

Which OEM updates their devices the quickest?

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Which OEM updates their devices the slowest?

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