Report: Google’s 2016 Phones Dubbed Pixel and Pixel XL, Coming in October With Google Home and New Chromecast

Just two days ago, a report suggested that Google would abandon the Nexus branding for its upcoming 2016 phones and go with something else, though no one was sure at the time what the new brand would be. That thought lined up with a report from back in June out of the Telegraph that claimed Google would release its own branded phone later in 2016 and was discussing the move with carriers. This evening, additional support has been stacked behind this idea, only now we may have names to replace Nexus.  (more…)

HTC Announces the One A9s, a Phone You Won’t Buy

At IFA early this morning, HTC unveiled the One A9s. Initially reported to be a sequel to last year’s One A9, the One A9s appears to be anything but, featuring low to mid-range specs, while the One A9 was actually sorta nice.

What low to mid-range specs am I referring to? How about the 5-inch 720p LCD display? Or maybe the MediaTek processor? Even if you don’t mind those things, the 2,300mAh battery will surely keep you away, right? (more…)

HTC Teases Phone for September 20 Reveal, Something About Being Edgier

HTC has a new phone (or phones) to announce on September 20, according to a new teaser posted to Twitter. The short video clip is joined by a note about the phone “coming” and that we should all “#BeEdgier.”

The phone that is briefly revealed in the video looks a lot like the Desire 10 that has leaked a couple of times in recent weeks. For those not familiar with HTC’s Desire line, just know that it’ll be some sort of budget phone. There may be two of them, actually, Pro and Lifestyle versions. Either way, Desire phones tend to ship with low prices and non-flagship specs in the prepaid world or as carrier bottom shelfers.  (more…)

Report: This Year’s Nexus Phones Won’t be Nexus Phones

As the leaks have trickled out in recent months surrounding the rumored two Nexus phones for 2016, made by HTC, potential names have not been a part of the equation. Why? That’s a question we don’t have an answer to, but I think it’s safe to say that some of those rumors were considering the idea that these might not end up being Nexus phones, at least in name. According to a report out of Android Central, that’s exactly what we should expect to happen. In fact, their sources are under the impression that the HTC-made phones will arrive under a different brand name altogether.  (more…)

Report: HTC ‘One A9s’ (Yes, Seriously) to be Announced at IFA

According to VentureBeat, HTC will announce a new device at IFA this year, the One A9s. Why is this name so laughable? Well, it’s quite the story, actually. When HTC launched the One A9 last year, many people said it looked just like an iPhone. The resemblance to an iPhone 6 is eerie, and for HTC to come back a year later to simply add an “s” to the name is even more hysterical. Sure, there’s only so much you can do with the design of a phone (and we aren’t here to argue who copied who), but to add an “s,” the exact same thing Apple does, it’s just embarrassing.

Moving on, because who really cares about the name, VentureBeat reports that HTC will announce the device during the first day of IFA. As for what’s changing, not much has been said. However, a press render of the device has been leaked alongside the report, and wouldn’t you know it, HTC decided to make it look even more like an iPhone 6. You can’t make this up, folks.  (more…)

HTC Expects to Provide Nougat Update for HTC 10 During Q4, Other Devices After

Details shared via HTC’s Twitter account this morning states that the company expects to provide a Nougat update for the HTC 10 during Q4 of this year. More specifically, HTC hopes to update the unlocked HTC 10, followed by updates for the unlocked One M9 and unlocked One A9 to Android 7.0. Then, if all goes well, we can expect to see updates for carrier models, but no timeframe was provided.  (more…)

HTC 10 Now Offered in Camellia Red and Topaz Gold, Priced at $599

To take a bit of excitement away from Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note 7 this morning, HTC is offering the HTC 10 in two new colors – Camilla Red and Topaz Gold. Both colors are exclusive to HTC’s online store and are available for pre-order right now.

HTC’s $100 off on the HTC 10 is still valid, pricing the phone at $599 down from $699. Alternatively, folks can also opt for the free set of JBL Type-C earbuds, which carry a value of $199.  (more…)

HTC Nexus Phones Stop Off at the FCC With Universal US Carrier Support (Updated)

Oh boy, the HTC Nexus phones just stopped off at the FCC this morning. As we all know, that’s huge news in terms of how this story begins to unfold in front of us. After seeing supposed pictures of one of the phones hours ago, we now know model numbers, get confirmation that HTC is indeed making two Nexus phones, and other details, like universal LTE support across US carriers, including Verizon.

Let’s dive into the filings that went live this morning and share what we are finding. Also, as we find more, we’ll be updating this post.  (more…)