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 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Holy title. Apologies for that, but there is a lot to talk about when it comes to the potential future of Android and Chrome OS, thanks to numerous reports that surfaced over the weekend while the rest of us were on vacation, relaxing, consuming a half-dozen growlers of fresh hop IPA, and unplugging like all should do on weekends. Let’s catch up.
To start, we will need to take you back to October 2015 to a report from the Wall Street Journal that claimed Google was working on folding Chrome OS into Android to create a single operating system. The report suggested that Google had been working for at least two years on making this move happen, but they still wouldn’t be ready to bring it to stable until some time in 2017 after showing it off to the world in 2016. (more…)
On a personal website earlier today, a designer at HTC published what appear to be conceptual video clips of what may or may not be an unannounced HTC smartphone. Apparently codenamed Ocean, as titled in the video, the smartphone features no physical buttons, with specific commands being controlled by various taps and slides on the phone’s edges.
After the page was live and circulating around the web for a bit, the owner placed a passcode on the website, not allowing anyone else to view it. Furthermore, the creator, issued a brief statement following the publishing claiming, “this is just a conceptual piece and does not represent any real product from HTC.” Well, we’ll just see about that. (more…)