Qualcomm: Forget Samsung! All These Other Huge…Errr…Awesome Manufacturers Love the Snapdragon 810!

What happens when a multi-billion dollar company loses its biggest customer and has to adjust its earnings for the 2nd half of a year? Apparently, they turn to all their much smaller, aren’t-going-anywhere-because-we-can’t customers for uplifting quotes on why their product is still the best! With Samsung deciding to pass on the Snapdragon 810 (for who knows what real reasons), companies like LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony, and Oppo have come out in support of the new chip, along with an assurance from Qualcomm that 60 “premium tier” mobile devices will hit the streets in the coming weeks and months with the 810 inside.  (more…)

HTC Won’t Hit 90-Day Lollipop Promise on All One Variants

HTC announced this afternoon that their goal of updating all HTC One (M8) and (M7) models under their HTC Advantage program to Android 5.0 “Lollipop” within a self-imposed 90-day period will not happen. Thanks to an insanely buggy first version of Lollipop from Google, the process has taken much longer than they had hoped. Even though they have already pushed the update to the One (M8) unlocked and developer models, along with the Google Play Edition, they won’t be able to get it out to the rest of the line-up in time.  (more…)

Or Maybe This is Actually the New HTC One (M9)? Please, Please be It.

What if all of those HTC One (M9) “Hima” leaks from the past week were nothing but decoys, dev units in shells made to look like last year’s One (M8) in order to throw off the scent of the hunt? If the retired @evleaks and his new leak have anything to say about it, then I would guess that’s exactly what we saw. In a picture posted to Twitter this morning that lines up the past handful of HTC flagships, along with the tag “Old habits die hard… ,” Evan may have just given us the first real image of the HTC One (M9) and its bigger brother, rumored to be called the One (M9) Plus or One (M9) Ultra or “Hima” Ultra.  (more…)

Goodbye, GPE: HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition No Longer For Sale

The HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition, the last remaining Google Play Edition device, is no longer for sale. In fact, the device isn’t even listed under the “Phones & Tablets” tab on Google Play; you need a direct link in order to see it. Not that this change is much of a surprise, since the new HTC flagship is around the corner, but it’s sort of sad to see, because this could be the end of the Google Play Edition line of devices.  (more…)

5 Ways HTC Can Make the One (M9) “Hima” the Phone of the Year

The new flagship device for 2015 from HTC is weeks away from its unveiling. At this point, we aren’t sure if it will be called the One (M9) or “Hima” or something else, but we are pretty sure that we caught a glimpse of the updated model today. Early reports (and those images) suggest that this phone will look incredibly similar to last year’s One (M8), only with updated specs inside to make it a modern day powerhouse. You could argue to either side that sticking with the same design is either bad or good for HTC, but I would say that we tend to be somewhere in the middle, leaning towards “good” – it could potentially be a really good move. What I mean is that we loved the look and premium feel of last year’s phone, so sticking with it makes sense. It’s just that there were some glaring issues with the phone that kept it off of our chart for Android phone of the year.

Since we are so close to a reveal and we have seen what may be our first looks at the device, we thought it was time to talk about how HTC can improve upon last year’s model to make a phone that few Android OEMs will know how to compete with. HTC was so close last year (and the year before), they just needed to ditch the camera gimmickry and focus on some of the smaller details.

Here are 5 ways this new HTC flagship can be the phone of the year.  (more…)

Deal: HTC One (M7) in Blue From Best Buy Just $199 Off-Contract

This is kind of a random deal that most will overlook since the phone is almost two years old, but if you need a really good phone on the cheap and without a contract, you can pick-up the original HTC One (M7) in Blue from Best Buy for just $199. While this isn’t the flagship it once was, it would still make a good phone for someone who doesn’t care about having the best phone available, is in the market for their first phone at a reasonable price, or who likes the color blue.

Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint models are all available for $199.

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HTC One (M8) vs. HTC One (M9) “Hima”

The brand new HTC One (M9) or “Hima” has allegedly leaked. The first pictures of HTC’s next flagship resemble a phone that we are very familiar with – last year’s One (M8). I can’t say I blame HTC for going so similar, since the One (M8) is arguably one of the prettiest, most premium smartphones ever made in terms of build materials and design. It’s a stunner. I believe we called it “smartphone luxury” in our review from last year. Unfortunately, the prettiest, most premium smartphone ever made didn’t exactly help HTC turn around quarter upon quarter of losses; only a return to the mid-range and some other cost cutting measures seemed to do that.  (more…)