Still waiting for an official ICS upgrade on one of HTC’s (too) numerous 2011 phones still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread? Well, we have some (partially) good news for you. While no exact rollout dates have been announced yet, a Facebook comment from the company’s official account should be reason for optimism.
No, unfortunately we’ve heard nothing good about the Desire HD, which, as far as we know, won’t get Ice Cream Sandwich. However, HTC is planning to “finish updates by the end of August” for at least two phones, previously announced as getting ICS bumps over the summer.
The Thunderbolt and Desire S will certainly be getting updates before the first leaves [...]
HTC’s financial results haven’t been kind to them lately, and neither has the media. All of HTC’s problems have been documented extensively lately, which, in turn leads to shareholders losing trust in the company’s ability to recover. However, this is the sort of thing a public tech company should expect.
Financial dry spells never happen suddenly, even if it may seem so when everything comes crashing down. But the seeds for HTC’s decline were planted a long time ago, at the time when the company started to care more about sales than for its products. This led to HTC churning out a ton of variations of every single phone, just to get a few [...]
When you’re fighting for your life, it’s worth giving it your all and a little bit more. That’s apparently what HTC is doing, as it tries to pull out all the stops for the successor to its last flagship phone, the One X. We’ve seen reports that the phone may come with a 5-inch display, which should put it almost at mini-tablet territory. Now, fresh information of the phone has leaked, which reveals its possible name and specs.
Stuff.tv has heard straight from Taiwan that the One X’s replacement will be known as the HTC Endeavor C2. It sounds more like a codename to these ears, so [...]
HTC doesn’t seem to be doing too well lately, even after the big launch of the One series, and the much praised HTC One X smartphone. Yesterday they said that their sales fell by 45% in the month of July compared to the same month last year, from T$45.11 billion to T$25 billion ($834 million). The sales were also down compared the previous month by T$5 billion.
Things seem to be going downhill for HTC, and with the next iPhone being just a month away from launch, it doesn’t look like they will recover too soon. However, they are rumored to make a 5″ phone with a 1080p screen for this fall, but I’m not sure if that will be enough to help [...]
WSJ reported yesterday that Kodak’s upcoming patent auction already has 2 bidders: Google and Apple, and each has bids between $150 million and $250 million so far. Kodak, however, is expecting up to $2.6 billion for its 1,100 digital patents to pay off its creditors.
This may be wishful thinking for Kodak, but who knows how fast the bids will escalate with Apple in there. Apple doesn’t really care about the money they have to spend, so they will try to at least raise the cost for Google as much as possible provided Google does retain them eventually.
The two companies are not actually bidding by themselves, but are [...]
Even though it seems to be hip these days to cut the prices of some of the best-selling smartphones around, we can’t help but suspect some of these discounts have ulterior motives or strings attached to them.
Take T-Mobile’s HTC One S, for example. This hasn’t exactly been a star, but it sold decently enough at $200 on-contract to be untouched for at least a few more weeks. However, T-Mo has already decided a price slashing is needed and is now selling the elegant 4.3-incher at $149.99.
The “special offer” will be lasting until August 21, so you have 2 full weeks to decide whether to take advantage of the deal or not. Then again, [...]
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Last week we reported that an update to AT&T’s HTC One X version brought an interesting modification to the core functionality of the phone. Till the update, users that wanted to access the menu in certain apps were presented with an ugly black bar at the bottom/side of the screen, that featured that three-point icon that some of you might know.
HTC implemented the black bar as a workaround for a big problem – while Android 4+ deprecates the use of the menu key/on-screen button, not all apps have been adapted to work with the new control scheme. For these apps, HTC’s One devices show the black menu bar, which is not only ugly, but also takes [...]
A freshly leaked ROM for the international variant of the HTC One X has made its way online, bringing some new surprises with it. Aside from version 4.0.4 of Ice Cream Sandwich, a relatively minor upgrade from ICS 4.0.3, the ROM also features the latest version of HTC Sense. Here’s what you can expect to see from Sense 4.1.
According to folks who have braved the 2.15.401.5 test ROM, the new Sense 4.1 runs faster than 4.0 and all-around more responsive, possibly due to the removal of some eye-candy 3D effects in the launcher. A smoother experience, probably not yet of buttery level, while scrolling through the home screens and opening the app drawer awaits. HTC has also [...]
HTC may not be in the best financial shape, but the Taiwanese would not go down without a fight. They put their best effort into the One series and delivered a set of beautiful devices that many considered the best in the world. Despite that, the One X was ultimately no match to the force of nature that is the Galaxy S3, and HTC failed to make a comeback to profitability. Moreover, the next quarter shapes up to be just as bad financially, so HTC needs to pull out something amazing if it wants to reverse its fortunes this year.
HTC’s secret weapon might be a new 5-inch smartphone, slated for a September-October release. According to Digitimes, HTC is working to bring a [...]