Today is the last day you can pick up an HTC One (M8) Developer Edition for the discounted price of just $649.99. After that, it goes up $50 to $699.99, which might have a few people screaming.
Regardless, Developer Edition units of the M8 feature support for 4G LTE connectivity on both AT&T and T-Mobile, 32GB of on-board storage, and also comes with an unlocked bootloader. (more…)
HTC may be in a neck-and-neck battle with Samsung for king of the gimmicks, but even I can admit that they innovated or at least created something useful in one area – the lock screen with Motion Launch Gestures on the HTC One (M8). Motion Launch Gestures allow you to quickly wake your phone, unlock it, jump to your home screen, launch BlinkFeed, or even activate a voice dialer for making mostly-hands-free calls. Most of the gestures are incredibly useful, especially since the phone is uncomfortably tall with a lock/wake button placed at its very top. With these gestures, you almost never need to press that button.
But what if you find the gestures to be a nuisance? For example, we have found that voice dialing on the M8 is mostly miss, with a few hits here and there. It’s also confusing to dismiss should you accidentally activate it, since there isn’t a cancel button. (more…)
Every year, we sit back on March 31 and wait to see what kinds of silly ideas tech companies can try to push through on April Fools’ day. Google has decided to kick things off earlier and earlier each year, but the rest at least wait until it’s midnight somewhere in the world. Two of those companies are HTC and Samsung, both of which tried to pull off the same exact prank – the introduction of a smart glove. (more…)
HTC cracks me up. Because they are fighting for their lives, they’ll say anything at this point to try and win you over. Whether that’s by claiming to reinvent the smartphone or by attempting to re-create the camera with the “UltraPixel” or calling out Samsung for pushing out a couple of gimmicks instead of innovating , they want to be loud and in-your-face. Let’s be clear though – there isn’t anything wrong with a little trash talking, but if we’re being brutally honest here, HTC is guilty of just as many gimmicks as Samsung. And that includes their new HTC One (M8), which may contain the mother of all gimmicks. (more…)
The new HTC One (M8) runs HTC’s BlinkFeed launcher out of the box. It’s not a bad OEM launcher, but if you aren’t a fan of BlinkFeed and also want custom icon pack support in a launcher that carries a much more classic Android appearance, a 3rd party launcher should be installed immediately. Since the One (M8) is an Android device, getting a 3rd party launcher up and running isn’t all that difficult – download one you like, run it, and be on your way.
Should you be the type that often switches between multiple launchers through Android 4.4′s (Kit Kat) new Home toggle, we wanted to make sure you knew where to find it on HTC’s new flagship. It’s not in the typical Settings>Home location that you would see with a stock Android device and is instead tucked into HTC’s Personalize menu.
To access the Home launcher switcher, either follow the video below or cruise into Settings>Personalize>Home screen, and then tap the launcher you want to use. (more…)
Whenever a flagship device is released, we want to make sure that new owners of it know exactly how to use all of its major features without having to figure it all out on their own. From navigating around to changing wallpapers to fully utilizing camera software, our 25+ tips and tricks series is one of our favorites to put together.
The latest to receive the tips and tricks treatment is the brand new HTC One (M8). HTC’s 2014 flagship, which launched just last week, introduces new off-screen gestures, a brand new camera UI, tweaks to Sense with version 6.0, on-screen navigation buttons, better control over wallpapers and home screen setups, plus more. The device itself is an upgraded version of the One (M7), last year’s model, mostly in all the right places.
So, if you are ready, here is our tips and tricks video for HTC’s latest. (more…)
It’s not even a week since the release of the One (M8) from HTC, but already developers have been able to root it. The latest device to receive root love is the M8 flagship on Verizon’s network, with a “Weak Sauce” one-click method now available for download. (more…)
Unlike the phone itself, which was launched on the day it was announced this past Tuesday, the Dot View case for the One (M8) from HTC is finally available for those who are interested.
The case is actually quite neat, as not only are you protecting your gorgeous new device with its plastic back and front flip cover, but it also brings a bit of added functionality with it. The case allows users to swipe and tap on it, bringing voice dial actions as well as gesture commands for when new notifications and phone calls pour in. (more…)