HTC One Google Play Editions May Receive Lollipop Update as Soon as Next Week

Some smartphone manufacturers managed to roll out Lollipop-based firmware rather expeditiously. Others are taking a bit more time. But time, in HTC’s case, could mean merely days: Mo Versi, HTC vice president of product management, tweeted that its software engineering team is hoping to distribute Android 5.0 to their Google Play Edition devices sometime next week. Unfortunately, he didn’t specify if the update will come to the M8 GPE, M7 GPE, or both. (more…)

HTC One (M8) Discounted to $299 for Second Hot Deal at 9am PT, Limited to Just 200 Units

HTC is back with another virtual doorbuster this week, sure to delight the precious few buyers who manage to take advantage, and potentially infuriate everyone else. Beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 p.m. Eastern), the company will knock the price of all One M8 variants down to as little as $299 for its second Hot Deal of the season. That represents savings of $350.  (more…)

EYE Experience Update Rolling Out Now to HTC One (M8) on Verizon

The HTC One (M8) on Verizon is receiving its EYE Experience update right now, according to at least two of our readers. HTC was expecting the push to happen today, so it appears as if Verizon came through on their end.

The update, for those new to the EYE Experience, introduces better face tracking of multiple people in a room, screen sharing, Split Capture feature (combination of simultaneous photos and videos taken with both cameras), Crop-Me-In mode (ignore this one), Voice Selfie (selfie explanatory), and more.

To check for the update, head into Settings>Phone update>Check for update. The update is 210.5MB in size. (more…)

Comparison: Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 (and Plus), Moto X, Galaxy Note 4, and More

Yesterday, during the madness that was Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Lollipop day, we put together a quick comparison of the new Google phone to its predecessors. The point was to show how far we have come over the years, both in terms of specs, price, and size. But what about the rest of the smartphone world? How does the Nexus 6 stack up to the new iPhones (6 and 6 Plus), Galaxy Note 4, Moto X, LG G3, Galaxy S5, and HTC One (M8)? Well, we have that info for you below in one of our classic charts.  (more…)