HTC Themes App Showing Lovely ‘Fantastic Four’ Ad to One Owners

We tweeted about this yesterday, but thanks to the latest promotion from HTC’s Theme app, displayed in the notification bar via a push notification, most One device owners should know exactly when Fantastic Four will hit theaters. The promoted theme will deck your phone out in a Fantastic Four wallpaper and icons, but apparently, a few owners are not very appreciative of the thinly-veiled advertisement.  (more…)

HTC Device Owners, Prepare to See “Promotions” in BlinkFeed

Back in May, a report surfaced that HTC was attempting to implement paid promotions (aka ads) into BlinkFeed. Today, that news becomes official, as the company has announced the changes being made in a post on its website.

In the post, HTC goes over everything you need to know about what is changing inside BlinkFeed, but basically, users in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Taiwan, and China will see a limited amount of paid promotions from companies such as Yahoo!, Twitter, and HTC itself. These promotions will showcase useful and exciting applications you can download, as well as new accessories from HTC.  (more…)

Deal: HTC One M8 on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint Just $299 Today Best Buy

At the end of our HTC One M9 review, we told you to skip the phone and instead opt for last year’s HTC One M8 should you really love the all-metal design and style of HTC’s products. The One M8 is a better phone. It looks better. It has a better camera, even if it is a bit of a gimmick. It has a better display. It’s battery life is somehow, confusingly better. And best of all, it’s waaaaaaay cheaper.

Take today’s deal for example, where you can buy a brand new HTC One M8 for AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint at just $299 through Best Buy. That’s $299 for a phone at full retail, without a contract or payment plan. You pay $299 and then walk away with a phone that you own.

The deal includes “limited quantities” and is only available today, so be quick if interested.

Best Buy Link  (more…)

Apps Crashing Like Crazy on Your Android Phone? Could be Latest Android System Webview Update

At the end of last week, Google pushed an update to its Android System Webview service through Google Play that seems to be causing some pretty major issues on a number of handsets. At least, that’s the general consensus on why phones over the weekend began to notice all sorts of app crashes. If you jump into the Play listing for Android System Webview, you will see dozens of 1-star reviews for the service, many of which mention it specifically as the cause for recent problems.  (more…)

AT&T’s HTC One M8 Should Get Lollipop Today

Owners of the AT&T HTC One M8, your Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update is ready! “Technical approval” has been granted, so at any minute, a world of WiFi draining bugs hidden behind the beauty of Material Design will be upon you. It’s glorious, especially if you like charging phones all of the time or noticing your WiFi connection coming and going on the regular. Ahhh, software, we love you.

It’s not all bugs, though! You also get bold colors, fluid animations, and lock screen notifications. Lock screen notifications! Oh, there is a new “battery settings panel” too, which you’ll be staring at constantly trying to figure out why your battery life has been cut in half over night. Hah, yeah.

Go get it!  (more…)