Thanks to cost-cutting measures and device sales in developing markets, HTC has turned a profit in Q2, netting NT$2.26 billion ($75.6 million). That’s an 80 percent increase from last year’s Q2, and a notable improvement over the company’s losses of NT$1.88 the previous quarter.
Despite the improvement, it’s not all sunshine and roses for HTC quite yet. The company barely met its guidance for the quarter, and Goldman Sachs research predicts Q2 could be the company’s peak quarter. Obviously, that doesn’t bode well for the rest of the year. (more…)
Update: Ignore. This was fake; @evleaks got “hoaxed.”
Talk of Google’s next Nexus tablet, codenamed Volantis, has been heating up over the past month. Back in June, the world received what it thought was an early render and specifications for the device, aka the Nexus 9, but according to sources of @evleaks, that initial report was inaccurate.
From what @evleaks states, Google is currently testing an HTC-made super tablet, which could be released with ridiculous specifications. (more…)
If there was any doubt, know that OEMs are on board with the newest Android L release from Google. Updates like these always come with a caveat, however: devices receive the new version of Android entirely at the respective makers’ discretion. Thankfully, HTC is stepping up to the plate. (more…)
Back in May, Google code revealed a possible HTC Nexus device in works, one that most figured would be a tablet since it ran NVIDIA’s Tegra K1. We weren’t sure if the device would be called Nexus 9 or Nexus 8, but did know at the time that it would carry two code names of “flounder” and “volantis” that everyone should be on the lookout for. Thanks to a new report that surfaced over the weekend, we may have a better grasp on the name, a full set of specs, and price points depending on the amount of storage. (more…)
After a few quarters of disappointing sales numbers and returns, HTC is in the middle of a pretty big slump right now. For this year’s annual investment meeting, I’m sure HTC wasn’t expecting a warm welcome, but they certainly were not expecting to be bombarded with the question: where is my free phone? (more…)
Over the years, our favorite phone manufacturers have created specific lines or brands of devices that we continue to see new iterations of. Samsung has its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. HTC has the One series. LG has the G series. Motorola has the DROID and recently created Moto lines. Sony has its Xperia devices. And Google has Nexus. We know when new versions of each should be released each year, what they should look and perform like (for the most part), and which carriers will likely sell them. Branding and familiarity has been a big part of the smartphone game. These lines have helped define not only our coverage of the industry, but also how we all feel about phone makers.
So, we want to know which is your favorite of all time. Forget for a second the phone you are holding right now and think about which line out of them all has been your favorite over the years. Have you been a long-time fan of all things Galaxy? Is HTC doing things with the One that have caught your eye? Do you wish Sony would bring its Xperia line over to the US? Or are you a Nexus fanboy, even though carriers like Verizon refuse to support them?
Feel free to backup your response in the comments.
As a company, HTC might not be in the best place right now, but the One (M8) is still a fantastic Android phone. Packed with specs, except for maybe the camera, and wrapped in a metal body, the M8 is one of the best phones on the market.
For the next week, HTC is letting you grab this year’s flagship for only $99. (more…)
Back at the end of April, popular WiFi tethering app, FoxFi, received an update that brought back WiFi hotspot abilities to non-rooted Samsung phones on Verizon. Today, a new update makes the same feature available to HTC phones on Verizon’s network, including the DROID DNA and HTC One. The developer didn’t specify if that includes the One (M8), but I would imagine that it does.
Keep in mind that in order to use the WiFi hotspot feature, you have to trust in FoxFi, because it opens a VPN connection and installs a certificate. To get around Verizon’s attempts to block free tethering, trickery is almost certainly involved on some level, so understand what you are getting yourself into. (more…)