Talk about a short movement that was. HTC, who made an interesting move last August when they acquired a 51% share of Beats Audio, has decided that the audio itself is more important to couple with their smartphones than their actual headphones. Going forward, you probably won’t see even a high end device release with Beats headphones inside the package, something that hasn’t been done since the HTC Rezound on Verizon at the end of last year. In fact, the HTC One X (our unboxing and first impressions) comes with a pair of HTC-branded earbuds, but still has the Beats logo on the back of the device.
So why the move away? HTC claims that consumers aren’t interested in buying a phone because it includes better headphones and that if they want them, they will go out and buy them directly. The focus now will be on continuing to improve the backend audio experience, again, like they are trying to do with the One X.
I’m just wondering if this purchase is now regrettable by HTC? A 51% share in a company whose product you can’t even sell with your own. You can’t tell me that the goal from the beginning was simply to pay $300 million for some bass boosting backend audio tech. No way. HTC thought that Beats headphones were going to move products like Beats headphones themselves, only that didn’t happen.
Thoughts? We know how passionately you feel about Beats in general as a product, so here is your chance to sound off.
When HTC released their first set of Beats Audio-enabled devices last year, the fact that the “enhancements” were limited to the native music app were a bit of a disappointment. We wanted Beats in Google Music, PowerAMP, and every other major music application for Android. Unfortunately that just wasn’t the case. As of today though, HTC has given developers access to their Beats API, which means that going forward, this new audio experience can be built into all sorts of apps. Who knows if Google will jump on it as the #1 music app, but one can hope.
Along with the Beats API, HTC released their Lockscreen API, giving devs the opportunity to work their apps into another area of Sense. HTC’s lockscreen tweaks are one of the bright spots of Sense UI, so you have to be excited about this move, as more and more of your favorite apps will be worked in.
They also gave developers access to their mobile device management API and have plans to bring access to their MediaLink HD API. Dev friendly.
If there was one area that the HTC Rezound should not have issues with, it would be in the sound department. As Verizon’s first Beats Audio enabled device, and one that is supposed to take sound on your mobile phone to the next level, we can’t help but hope they already have a fix in the works for this one.
According to a handful of our readers and a growing number of forum posts across the Android community, the Rezound is experiencing some sort of static or interference when using any type of headphones including the iBeats that come with the phone. It doesn’t appear to be related to the Beats audio built-into the phone, as the issue can be replicated while streaming or while listening to internally stored music. Some are under the impression that it may have to do with 4G and some sort of interference caused with it activated. Others have been able to replicate the noise no matter what their connection type.
Not all devices are experiencing the issue (including the one I have), but the number that are affected, is growing.
Rezound owners, how is your audio quality? Hearing a static noise at all?
The HTC Rezound is available today from Verizon for $299 on contract. Sporting a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE, a 4.3″ 720p HD screen, and Beats audio, this is one of the more beautiful and polished phones you will see on the market today. The jury is still out on whether or not it can last you through a day with its 1620mAh battery, but we have done our best through 4 days to give you an idea of how it’s going. The big question here is, “Can the Rezound take down the iconic naming of the DROID RAZR along with Ice Cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus?” It’s going to be a tough battle for all three – what a great time to be a potential new smartphone owner. Our full review of the device should be up within the next couple of days. (more…)
We have touched on just about every little HTC Rezound detail that we could think of over the last few days thanks to Dan being on site for the announcement event. Our hands-on gallery and first impressions (video included) posts are worth a look if you haven’t seen them yet. To round out our coverage of this latest Beats-equipped HTC device though, we wanted to toss out the PDF document below that gives you one of the more comprehensive overviews in case you needed extra ammo when selling your potential purchase of it to your significant other. And then below that, we tossed in the promo video for the Rezound, which as always thanks to HTC’s feel for beauty, is a fun watch. (more…)
HTC and Verizon made the Rezound official just moments ago, and we had a chance to go hands-on with it for a few minutes. The big beautiful 4.3″ HD screen (Super LCD according to the official specs) is the star along with those sharp red accents and Beats by Dre logos. It matches up closely to the thickness of the DROIDX, if not slightly thicker, but isn’t thick by any means. Tough to tell what the battery life will be like with the 1620mAh battery and if the built-in Beats audio enhancements will live up to the buzz – so far though, this looks like another great addition to the Verizon 4G LTE family.
Gallery below. (more…)
HTC has just announced their latest creation on stage in NYC, the Rezound, an Android device loaded with top-of-the-line specs and Beats audio that will run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Using it’s 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 4.3″ HD 720p screen, there aren’t many phones that can match it. Other specs/features include dual cameras (8MP capable of shooting 1080p in the back, 2MP in the front), 1GB of RAM, Android 2.3.5, 1620mAh battery, 16GB on-board storage, and HTC Sense 3.5.
The Rezound will be available in stores on November 14 for the on contract price of $299 which includes a set of Beats by Dre ear buds.
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Press release and pictures after the break. (more…)
Ready for the HTC Rezound? After a couple of weeks of talking about the Galaxy Nexus and DROID RAZR, HTC is ready to take back some of the spotlight with their latest creation. Press invites are going out for an event in NYC that they have set for next Thursday, November 3, which we are all assuming is going to be the unveiling of their Verizon Beats-equipped phone.
We gave you the first pictures and specs of this phone months ago and are excited to see it finally come to stores. Current time lines would suggest that we will see it on November 10. With an announcement happening on the 3rd, I’d say the 10th is certainly doable. You all know how Big Red loves their Thursdays.
You haven’t all written off this phone have you? With its HD screen and 1.5GHz dual-core processor, it will be a beast.