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…)
After hosting a public contest, OnePlus has decided on an official name for its upcoming custom ROM, set to be available for OnePlus users in the near future. The name chosen by the team, entered by a forum member, is OxygenOS.
OnePlus’ explanation for this decision was rather deep, with the company stating, “Oxygen is all around us. It’s part of us and everything we do. It creates the water that carves out valleys and moves mountains. By itself, it’s simple and pure – a fundamental building block. But, as a part of something greater, it can do amazing things. Just like us.”
Yes, much deep. (more…)
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…)
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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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…)
According to sources of Nowhereelse.fr, this is your next HTC One, which is either the One (M9) or still just the “Hima.” What’s that? You can’t see any differences between this phone and last year’s One (M8)? Not surprising, since they indeed do look to be almost identical phones in terms of shape and design. Let’s talk about what we think is different after looking at these pictures for a bit. (more…)
For a two-hour period on January 20, folks in North America can purchase a OnePlus One, no invite required. To help bring in the new year, OnePlus is offering everyone who may want one, the chance to purchase a One without jumping through hoops from 7 to 9pm EST on their website. (more…)
Thanks to HTC, we have something to hypebeast on this lovely Friday morning. In a “save the date” event invite sent out through what I can only imagine was HTC’s Euro press team, we have a date to mark on our calendars for the unveiling of the company’s next flagship phone. Titled “Utopia in Progress,” the invite doesn’t mention much, other than that we all need to join them “to see what’s next,” in Barcelona, Spain, on March 1. (more…)