According to a Tweet sent from HTC Americas president, Jason Mackenzie, owners of the Verizon One (M8) should expect an update to Android 4.4.3 by mid-September. We had originally heard that a test of the update would happen around August 14, with the public push starting August 18 (today). Their VP of product, Mo Versi, noted today that they had to “re-spin” the update, so this month is out. No word on what the issue was that caused the update to be resubmitted, but that pushes the update out a couple of weeks and into next month. (more…)
HTC has a history of releasing extremely limited edition devices, such as last year’s “All Gold Everything” One (M7). This year, instead of doing platinum, diamonds, or gold, they have partnered with a design studio based in Singapore called PHUNK Studio. To celebrate 20 years of design, PHUNK has teamed up with HTC to create a special smartphone, one which will feature a design of their own. (more…)
An update for HTC’s proprietary Gallery app found on the One (M8) received an update on Google Play this morning. In the update, which is now downloadable by anyone rocking the M8, a new Duo Effects Gallery has been included, which allows M8 owners to share their special photos with anyone thanks to an interactive web viewer.
These “special” photos include any that were taken and edited with HTC’s UFocus, Foregrounder, and Dimension Plus editing tools. (more…)
Been considering the HTC One (M8)? A daily deal running today out of eBay has a price on an unlocked version that is $200 below HTC’s $649 asking price. At $449 (with free shipping) for a “manufacturer refurbished” unit in gunmetal grey, you could be an HTC One (M8) owner.
This model comes with 32GB of storage and should work perfectly on AT&T’s network since it comes “in an AT&T retail box.” Either way, the unlocked version of the M8 does indeed work perfectly on AT&T’s network.
Still on the fence? Check out our HTC One (M8) review to see our thoughts on this year’s flagship from HTC.
I don’t know who we should put more of the blame on – Apple for their chamfered edges and metal design choices with the iPhone, or Samsung for using the cheapest feeling plastics on the planet to build their smartphones with, but people seem to refer to all plastic embodied phones as “cheap” these days. The Nexus 5 certainly doesn’t feel cheap, neither do the G3 or Moto X or OnePlus One, yet they are all made of plastic. But here we are today, talking about Samsung’s new Galaxy Alpha with its metal banding, chamfered edges, and “premium” design, because metal means premium, or something.
I can tell you one thing I know for sure about metal phones – they can be insanely slippery and frustrating to deal with. I spent more than enough time with HTC’s last two flagship phones, the One (M7) and One (M8), both of which were unusable at times because of their lack of grip. Apple could have worked some different metal magic with the iPhone to make it less slippery, but I sort of doubt it. iPhones just happen to be small smartphones that are easily held, whereas Android phones are all oversized and at times tough to hold anyway.
You also have to worry about radio issues with metal phones, wear and tear, weight, etc. In my opinion, metal isn’t exactly the greatest material available for building smartphones.
So I’m curious about this metal thing. Is a metal phone or design that includes metal a requirement when you buy a phone? Is this whole “metal is premium” thing overblown by Apple-leaning tech journos? Feel free to vote below, then hit up the comments.
Our LG G3 review is on the way, don’t worry, but as we put our final touches on it, we wanted to continue showing you all there is to see about this incredible phone. We gave you our 25+ tips and tricks for the LG G3 yesterday, ran through a series of features on Monday, and now have a better comparison of the device to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8) to show off.
At this time, these are the three flagships of the moment. Sure, the new Moto X is still on the way, as is the Note 4, but for now, if you are considering a smartphone purchase, these are the three phones you would look at. (more…)
It may not technically be the latest version of Android, which is currently Android 4.4.4, but HTC One (M8) users on Sprint will be pleased to hear their devices are receiving a minor update to the next best thing, plus a few other goodies.
The new firmware released today, 2.16.651.4, is based on Android 4.4.3, which packs miscellaneous improvements and fixes. In addition, the update adds an HD Voice indicator and support for WiFi Calling. (more…)