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…)

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…)

HTC One (M8) on AT&T Gets Update With HD Voice

The HTC One (M8) on AT&T is receiving an update today that unfortunately is not Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” Even though we are approaching the backend of HTC’s 90-day update rollout, this update, at least according to AT&T’s support, is just Android 4.4.4 with the inclusion of HD Voice. The update also improves battery performance, introduces security and Bluetooth enhancements, and upgrades some bloatware.

In order to check for the update, head into Settings and tap on AT&T Software update>Check for updates.

The update drops in officially as Android 4.4.4, software 3.42.502.1  (more…)

HTC: 2015 Roadmap is “Our Best Ever,” With “Huge Surprises” on the Way

HTC’s 2014 was certainly better than its 2013. They released the One (M8) (our review), a beautifully crafted smartphone that few can match in terms of build quality. They teamed up with Google to produce the newest Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9 (our review). They entered new product categories with their RE camera and slapped 13MP cameras into the fronts of phones because…selfies. But maybe most importantly, they actually managed to turn a little profit in Q3 of this year and stop the years and years of bleeding. Sure, their revenues are still in decline as sales also continue to slide, but hey, profit is profit. HTC will take whatever they can at this point.  (more…)

HTC One (M8) Lollipop With Sense 6 Gets an Early Tour

Thanks to a regular on the HTC leak scene, @LlabTooFeR, we have a detailed look at the upcoming Android 5.0.1 “Lollipop” update headed to the HTC One (M8). The infamous leaker posted to his blog over the weekend a series of screenshots of a One (M8) variant running the latest version of Android with HTC’s Sense 6 along for the ride. This is significant for the simple fact that this is one of our first looks at HTC’s take on Lollipop with their own skin.  (more…)