Back in May, a report surfaced that HTC was attempting to implement paid promotions (aka ads) into BlinkFeed. Today, that news becomes official, as the company has announced the changes being made in a post on its website.
In the post, HTC goes over everything you need to know about what is changing inside BlinkFeed, but basically, users in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Taiwan, and China will see a limited amount of paid promotions from companies such as Yahoo!, Twitter, and HTC itself. These promotions will showcase useful and exciting applications you can download, as well as new accessories from HTC. (more…)
Last week, ASUS admitted during an investor call that internally, they had tossed around the idea of trying to acquire HTC. That’s it, though, they just threw out the idea at a board meeting or something before moving on to other matters. They even followed up the brief mention of an acquisition by saying that they were unlikely to even attempt such a thing, because they
aren’t interested in buying companies on their deathbeds like to grow organically. (more…)
ASUS has talked about buying HTC, at least internally, according to Reuters, who spoke with the company’s CFO. Of course, that bit of news is making headlines this morning, and not the follow-up statement which essentially said that ASUS is unlikely to make such a move because they depend on “organic growth” rather than growth by acquisition. (more…)
HTC announced today that it has a global software update rolling out in select territories and markets for the One M9, bringing a gang of fixes for the device. As of right now, HTC states this update is rolling out in European markets, so we Americans will need to wait a bit longer. (more…)
The HTC One M9 is without a doubt, the most disappointing phone I have touched in years. HTC had a short list of items to address from 2014 to 2015 to make an almost-perfect phone and essentially failed at all of them. As I said in my One M9 review, I have no idea what the hell HTC spent the last year working on. What I do know is that your company has completely screwed up (maybe given up too), when your flagship phone from the previous year is better than your flagship phone for this year. You also know things are bad when you spend the weeks leading up to the release of your hand-picked media reviews, reminding everyone that once the phone hits customers’ hands and all of the early bloated benchmarks are public, you will throttle the phone down to not melt anyone’s face off.
After apologizing to shareholders for the company’s poor performance for the fourth straight year (stock price has dropped from NT$1300 in 2011 to under NT$100), CEO Cher Wang essentially admitted that it’s time for her company to do something different going forward and try not to repeat the past few years of mistakes. Wang told shareholders that HTC would launch a “hero product” in October to help boost their smartphone segment, but that they would also make significant improvements in innovation and design for their flagship phone for 2016. In other words, the HTC One M10 might not suck. (more…)
For the past couple of years, HTC has made Gold variants of its flagship device, usually for some special occasion. Apparently, 2015 is no exception, as the company revealed on its Twitter account a new 24ct. Gold One M9, celebrating the UCL Final in Europe. That’s soccer, just in case you did not know. (more…)
If you happen to be in need of a Father’s Day gift, HTC is hosting a Hot Deal on its RE Camera and select accessories. For a limited time, you can get a RE Camera for $50 off, bringing the total down to just $150. Not a bad deal for the little periscope shooter. (more…)
HTC announced yet another smartphone for China late last evening, this time being the One ME. Very similar looking to the One M9+, this device also features an oddly-placed fingerprint scanner, in addition to very similar specs. (more…)