HTC Loses Grip on Original Fitness Band, has Other Fitness Goals in Mind for Later This Year

Earlier this week, we uncovered a Bluetooth SIG listing for an HTC fitness product of some sort that may have been their now-delayed Grip fitness band. We took that as a sign of it still launching after missing its original Spring release, but at this point, it doesn’t really matter. HTC is apparently going to unleash an entire product portfolio for health and fitness later on in 2015 and the Grip as we knew it is history.

According to a statement sent to Engadget, HTC says that it has “decided to align Grip” with that previously mentioned product portfolio that will arrive “later this year.” They didn’t say what that product portfolio would include, but I would imagine there will be some form of a fitness tracker.  (more…)

#HYPE Kill? “All” Snapdragon 810 Phones are Already Using V2.1, Says HTC

Let the Snapdragon 810 drama continue! According to HTC’s Jeff Gordon, king of the subtweet, all this chit chat about a newer Snapdragon 810 v2.1 being used by companies like OnePlus as a differentiator to help separate their phones from the 810’s history of melting faces isn’t exactly accurate. Gordon says via Twitter that Qualcomm told him “virtually all” manufacturers who have announced devices with the Snapdragon 810 “are currently using v2.1.” In other words, the One M9, which at one time wanted to melt your face off, is running the same V2.1 that OnePlus insists will be cooler than ever.

So yeah, the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 that is in the OnePlus 2 is the same 810 that has been in almost all of the previous 810 phones before it.  (more…)

HTC Announces Line of “Affordable” Desire Phones for US

HTC announced four new LTE-equipped phones this morning that are all bound for the US (two of which we saw at the FCC). In fact, the phones – Desire 626, Desire 626s, Desire 526, and Desire 520 – are headed for just about every major carrier you can think of, including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Cricket, Boost Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint, and Virgin Mobile. I should clarify that in saying that some phones will go to this or that carrier – they aren’t all going to all carriers.

The phones are being marketed as “premium” yet “affordable.” Of course, leave it to HTC to call something affordable and then forget to tell us the price.  (more…)

AT&T HTC One M9 Update to Android 5.1 Approved for Rollout, Brings Camera Improvements

According to HTC’s Mo Versi, the Android 5.1 update for AT&T’s One M9 has received technical approval, meaning all owners will see it begin to rollout soon to their devices.

Inside, users can expect to see improved camera performance, as well as the changes that Android 5.1 has over Android 5.0. Of course, with Sense running on top, a few things may go unnoticed, such as system toggle UI changes.  (more…)

HTC’s Grip Fitness Band, the One You Assumed was Cancelled, Might Almost be Here!

Everyone remember the HTC Grip? No? Vaguely? The HTC Grip was the fitness band that HTC introduced during their One M9 keynote at MWC. The band was made in partnership with Under Armour and should have launched at some point in the Spring. At least, that’s what HTC told us to expect and is still today what their website for the Grip says. Of course, we are in the middle of the Summer now, so it’s probably time for HTC or someone to update that.

I’ve got to be honest in saying that I assumed that this HTC Grip was either out already and no one knew, or it had been cancelled. Then again, Razer’s Nabu saw a year-long delay before eventually launching. Maybe fitness bands are hard?  (more…)