If you believe the interwebs, we should see two Nexus phones once again this year, only this time only one manufacturer will make them. That manufacturer is thought to be HTC. Last week, purported specs for the smaller of the two HTC Nexus phones surfaced, and now this week, we are getting specs for the other, larger model. For those keeping track of the dirty details, the smaller is running under codename “Sailfish,” while the larger, possibly more premium phone is the “Marlin.”
Let’s talk about HTC Nexus “Marlin.” (more…)
HTC took to Twitter shortly after Google’s unveiling of the Nougat name for Android N, confirming that three of its devices will eventually receive the update to Nougat. The three devices are the HTC 10, One M9, and One A9.
If you have another device from HTC, stay hopeful that your phone might also receive the update, as HTC mentions more devices may be announced to receive the update once Google makes Android N available to OEMs. At this time, HTC can only confirm the aforementioned devices, though. (more…)
Back in April, we saw the first batch of reports surface with possible details of the upcoming Nexus phone or phones from Google. The initial rumors focused on codenames of Marlin and Sailfish as those representing two HTC phones that would take over Google’s Nexus program this year, but few other details accompanied those names. Today, thanks to a report out of Android Police, we may have an early spec list for the supposed smaller of the two phones, the Sailfish. (more…)
It’s official, Peter Chou no longer has an active role at HTC. The former CEO, who moved to a backend position as the company’s head of “future development,” then was apparently holding a role as “chairman of Digital Domain,” will now offer his consultation to the company in times of need, but beyond that, he’s retired. (more…)
HTC is hosting a Father’s Day sale, offering money off on select products, as well as a free goodie if you purchase a particular smartphone. Running today through June 19, buyers can save $50 on a UA HealthBox (UA Band, UA Scale, UA Heart Rate), bringing the total down to $350. For those interested in the UA Band by itself, the price has been decreased by $20 to $160. (more…)
HTC announced the Vive Business Edition (Vive BE) this morning, designed specifically for the enterprise sector. Allowing for the capture of big demand in certain industries (automotive, real estate) to implement virtual reality in commercial applications, businesses interested in getting dirty with VR can do so beginning this month when the Business Edition is made available. (more…)
VR, whether you are ready for it or not, is about to be everywhere. What’s that? You thought it already was? Honestly, I don’t think the big VR push has really even begun yet. Sure, we talk a lot about it because a bunch of big name companies are talking about it and it seems to be the next big focus, but a world filled with VR is really only in its infancy, if not pre-infancy.
I say that because the biggest player right now, is Samsung, with its mobile-powered Gear VR headset. Companies with big, stand-alone, PC-powered units, like HTC and Oculus, are just now entering with their more powerful options. Plus, Google has barely finished off announcing its VR platform for Android and Apple hasn’t said a word yet. Samsung should be given lots of credit for being one of the first out of the gate, but when you talk about all of these other players on the verge of entering the game, this really is only the early stages of the beginning.
Still, that doesn’t mean many of you haven’t already jumped into VR. You could have purchased (or been given as a bonus gift) a Gear VR, dropped hundreds on Vive or Rift, or picked up Google Cardboard for a couple of bucks at this point. And that’s where we go for today’s poll. Even though we asked you back in January if you were at all interested in VR (52% said “no”), we now want to know how many of you are already invested in the fun.
For those of you who have been waiting to scoop up a HTC Vive VR headset, now might be a decent time. No, it’s not on sale (…yet), but instead of going through HTC’s awful “pre-order” experience like we had to when it first launched, HTC announced that headsets will now ship between 2-3 business days after purchase. Not only that, but many retail partners will have units on-hand, granting you access to demos and an official place to buy it offline. (more…)