HTC Teaser Suggests BoomSound in the HTC 10

A few years ago, with the launch of the original HTC One M7, HTC introduced BoomSound, a marketing term used in reference to the phone’s dual front-facing speaker experience that offered an audio package not seen before on a smartphone. They coupled up BoomSound speakers with an internal software audio enhancement powered by Beats, since HTC owned a portion of Beats at that point. In recent years, though, as new HTC One phones have come and gone and the Beats stake sold back to Beats, HTC phones have started to ditch the dual front speakers, while BoomSound has morphed into what Beats on HTC phones used to be – a software audio enhancer.

What I’m saying here is that BoomSound once referred to dual front-facing speakers, but it now only stands for a software audio enhancement in HTC phones. By carrying on the BoomSound name, HTC can say that every single one of their phones has an audio enhancement without building in the expensive hardware. It’s probably a smart move in the long run, but it sort of cheapens the idea.  (more…)

HTC One A9 Review

The HTC One A9 has received a lot of attention for looking a lot like the iPhone, and rightfully so. It looks a lot like the iPhone, but there’s a lot more to the phone than that. This isn’t an iPhone running Android; it’s an HTC phone through and through. The A9 feels like the culmination of everything that HTC began to do back in 2013 with the release of the original HTC One (M7). HTC has come a long way since then and it shows in the A9.

This is our HTC One A9 review. (more…)

Video: Using Duo Camera, Motion Launch, BoomSound and More on the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition

After running through a quick unboxing of the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition, we spent some extra time cruising around the software, seeing if Google or HTC had left any of HTC’s goodies behind in the stock build of Android 4.4.2. Actually, we really just wanted to figure out the Duo Camera and if it really worked, since Google is advertising it as working in its Google Play listing for the phone. Thankfully, it does. But there are other little leftovers as well that are worth noting.  (more…)

One More Leak: Here is HTC’s Full List of One (M8) Features That are About to be Announced

In under 20 minutes, HTC will tell you everything you are about to read on this two cards. Yes, this is one final “All New HTC One” leak before things get official.

The feature sheets include everything from the leaks, so none of it is necessarily new. We are seeing mentions of BoomSound, new BlinkFeed, Duo Camera with UFocus and Zoe, Motion Launch (off-screen gestures), Sense 6, and the new Dot View Cases. Each item has a description and way to “try it out” listed, so if you had any questions as to how these things will work, now you know.

The bottom of the sheet below also lists out the official specs.

Yep, there you go.  (more…)

HTC Announces the One Mini, Will Hit Select Markets Starting in August

HTC One Mini

Yesterday afternoon, HTC took to their Twitter account to tease the announcement of the One Mini. This morning, we finally have the device revealed for the masses. After what seems like months of leaks/speculation/rumors, the device is finally official with market launch set for a yet-to-be-determined date in August. The One Mini features a few of the things that makes the larger One such a desirable device for consumers, but in a smaller 4.3″ package.  (more…)