After seeing the press render of a gold HTC One (2014) that was leaked this morning – we have no reason to believe this isn’t the real deal – we thought, why not see how similar this device really is to its predecessor from 2013. Our initial reaction, after taking a quick look at the device was, “Wow, not much different here in terms of appearance.” Seriously, it really is tough to tell what’s different outside of some rounder corners, that secondary camera on the back, a slightly slimmer profile, and the move from capacitive navigation buttons to on-screen.
I’m not saying that simple minor changes in appearance are a bad thing, because Samsung and Apple have been doing this for years. And remember, the design of the original One was universally praised by almost every single person whoever touched it. It was about as premium as it gets in terms of build quality. We’re just wondering if a device this similar to last year’s is enough to make HTC start the slow crawl back towards tech relevance.
To give a better representation of the transformation from 2013 HTC One to the new 2014 model, take a look at the GIF we quickly put together below. (more…)
Last night, @evleaks told the world to expect HTC’s 2014 flagship to be called a familiar name – One. Well, for marketing purposes, the “All New One,” because you know, it is the new version after all. So that we don’t have to type out “All New One” each time we refer to it, we will simply be calling it the HTC One (2014). But why call the phone the same thing two years in a row? Because it looks identical to its predecessor, that’s why. (more…)
According to leak maestro @evleaks, the successor to the HTC One is to be referred to as The All New One. Going by its codename M8 for the past few months, we can’t help but be a little disappointed in this new “name.” (more…)
With a March 25 press event now looming, the leaks for HTC’s upcoming flagship phone will likely only pick up. Codenamed the M8 and successor to the One, the latest image of the device with a case on comes to us courtesy of industry leaker @evleaks. The image doesn’t necessarily reveal anything new, but the date of March 25 and location of New York City is listed on the device, both of which relate to the event. (more…)
This morning, along with its event announcement for the One follow-up on March 25, HTC announced a new program called “Advantage” that is free to all owners of the HTC One, One Mini, and One Max. Think of sort of like handset protection in a way, only this is free and certainly has time limitations.
The program includes things like a “commitment to Android updates” for two years, free cloud storage, HTC’s backup service, and “hands-on” help. But where you may really find some use, is through the program’s free cracked screen replacement. HTC will replace the screen on your One, One Mini, or One Max within the first six months of ownership for free. (more…)
HTC is sending out press invites this morning for an event that will take place on March 25 in both London and New York City. Just like you, we are expecting this to be the unveiling of their follow-up to the HTC One, which has been leaked left and right for weeks as the HTC “M8.” While details are certainly not official or confirmed, the device appears to mimic the HTC One, but with an odd dual-camera setup and on-screen navigation buttons. (more…)
HTC is currently hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, completely focused on nothing but Android updates. As Android users might be aware, HTC for the most part hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to updating flagship devices in a timely manner, but they have given it their best since the launch of the One.
When Google released Kit Kat last year, HTC announced that in 90 days, all US variants of the device would be running Android 4.4+. As it turned out, they didn’t quite meet their own timeframe, but you have to give them credit due to the company’s complete transparency on social media as to why devices weren’t being updated. Now in February, all One devices should be running Kit Kat. (more…)
Today, HTC took to to Twitter and posted up a sad picture of two HTC One phones with cracked screens, placing them in the shape of a heart. HTC continued on and said “If only broken hearts were this easy to fix.” Does HTC have a repair service for customers in the works? (more…)