HTC Possibly Reconsidering Not Updating One M7 Carrier Variants to Android 5.1

After news broke earlier this week that HTC had no intentions to update carrier variants of the One M7, but did plan to update the Google Play Edition of the device, One M7 owners took to the Interwebz to show their disappointment in the news.

Now, HTC may be rethinking its plan, with the company’s product overlord Mo Versi stating on Twitter, “Many of the fixes are already in our current SW (software), but understand your concerns. Stay tuned.”  (more…)

Deal: HTC RE Camera Slashed to $99 at Best Buy ($100 Off)

HTC’s RE camera, a GoPro-like action cam that is the first of many of HTC’s new product lines, is on-sale at Best Buy in a daily deal for just $99. The RE normally carries a $199 price, so we are talking about a 50% discount for today only.

As a recap, the RE is HTC’s action camera that shoots 1080p video, uses a 146-degree wide-angle lens, 16MP Sony sensor for stills with digital image stabilization, and is waterproof. It might be shaped like a periscope, but the design allows you to hold it comfortably while snapping photos at will. It doesn’t have many buttons or a viewfinder, so you have to use an Android companion app to see the photos and videos you are capturing. That’s OK, though, because it allows for quick sharing.

I don’t think anyone would consider the RE to be an award-winning product, but I can tell you that in my time with it, it has become a great party, child-chasing, and travel camera for all of those spur of the moment shots. It’s probably worth about $100.

The deal includes white, blue, and orange models.

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HTC One M7 Will Not Receive Update to Android 5.1, but the GPE Will

According to HTC’s Mo Versi, the company will not be updating the regular One M7 to Android 5.1, but the Google Play Edition will see the update.

While that may be a bit of a bummer to owners of the One M7, HTC likely does not want to spend many resources updating the device that features a full run of Sense software, and will instead opt to keep the variant running stock Android up to date. However, this is likely the last update the One M7 GPE will see.  (more…)

HTC Announces “Uh Oh” Protection for the One M9, One-Time Phone Replacement for Cracks, Water Damage, or Carrier Switching

Unfortunately, HTC didn’t announce US availability of the their new flagship One M9, this morning, like we were hoping. But, they did announce a new protection plan that comes with the device for free and will likely come in handy during your time of ownership. It’s call HTC Uh Oh Protection.

What is HTC Uh Oh Protection? It’s similar to the cracked screen deal from HTC Advantage that came with the One M8, except along with the one-time screen replacement that Advantage offers, Uh Oh Protection also protects against water damage or if you decide to switch carriers. Plus, if you don’t need use the Protection within the first 12 months of ownership, HTC will give you $100 to spend towards a future HTC One.  (more…)