Unlocked HTC One M9 Gets Nougat Update Tonight

HTC announced this afternoon on Twitter that the One M9, last year’s flagship phone from the VR company, will receive an update to Nougat as early as tonight. Only the unlocked model is getting the love at this time, though.

HTC also noted that carrier models likely won’t see the newest version of Android until “early next year.” Still, a year old flagship already getting Nougat on some level is a good sign of things to come.

Unlocked owners, start hammering on that System updates button. (more…)

HTC Denies Rumors of Mobile Business Sale

Even with HTC producing Google’s Pixel phones and their Vive VR headset still acting as the darling of the virtual reality world (tough to say how long that will last), the company hasn’t performed well in recent years. Because of their failures to re-establish themselves as a market leader in smartphones, it’s no surprise that rumors pop-up here and there suggesting that the company (or parts of it) may be up for sale. And that sort of thing happened again over the weekend.  (more…)

HTC Introduces the Bolt, a Confusing Sprint Exclusive Mixed Bag of Old and New

HTC has a new phone out today on Sprint (yes, it’s an exclusive) called Bolt. It has leaked a bunch, so if you follow the smartphone world, it probably won’t be all that new. If you don’t, well, let’s talk about what the HTC Bolt is.

HTC is calling it “Sprint’s fastest smartphone ever,” likely because it connects to Sprint’s LTE Plus network. It also features a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD 3 display, 16MP rear camera (f/2.0, OIS), 8MP front camera, 32GB storage (with microSD slot), 3GB RAM, fingerprint reader, HTC BoomSound audio, USB Type-C port, 3200mAh battery (with Quick Charge 2.0), and last year’s Snapdragon 810 processor from Qualcomm wrapped in a metal body that is rated IP57 for dust and water resistance. It also runs Android 7.0 Nougat with HTC’s Sense on top.  (more…)

HTC, Under Armour Apparently Making a Smartwatch Running Android Wear

According to two leaked images, HTC and Under Armour have teamed up again, working to produce a fitness-focused smartwatch running Android Wear. In case you missed it, this wouldn’t be HTC’s first time working with Under Armour, as earlier this year they launched the UA HealthBox, featuring a fitness tracker, heart rate monitor, and smart weight scale. (more…)

Report: HTC was 2nd Choice for Google’s Pixel Phones After Huawei Backed Out

According to a source of Android Police, HTC was never supposed to be the manufacturer partner behind this year’s Google phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. Instead, Google first chose Huawei, but as Google moved toward a partner brand-less phone line-up, plus there being a potentially lingering sour taste from a breakdown of promises or expectations with 2015’s Nexus 6P, HTC is who we got.  (more…)

HTC Ocean Master, Ocean Note, and Ocean Smart are Reported Codenames for Upcoming Devices

Known HTC info leaker LlabTooFeR is back this week, essentially calling BS on HTC’s denial of last week’s Ocean news. In case you missed it, an HTC designer posted what appeared to be a concept reel of a device codenamed Ocean. The device features pressure sensitive touch controls instead of physical buttons, making it quite the futuristic device. However, HTC denied that it was a real project, with the designer removing the video almost as soon as it went up. Interestingly, the designer’s removal of the video is what gives credence to the idea that it may be real in the first place.

So, with that news fresh in the mind, three codenames are now floating around: Ocean Master, Ocean Note, and Ocean Smart. LlabTooFeR gave no other details or context, but did link to the previous Ocean information that was originally posted on Twitter by @evleaks(more…)