The new HTC One looks like the best Android phone yet

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HTC today officially announced their latest flagship smartphone. The HTC One (M8) features a refined design, larger display, and various internal and functional upgrades over last year’s HTC One (which was, for those keeping track, the M7). (more…)

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Thread Spotlight: 2014 HTC One Discussion

Thread Spotlight: 2014 HTC One Discussion

HTC One blackiFans forum member Tatanko writes:

Anyone else excited about this phone? The original One was a very handsome phone and raised the bar for Android device design. I would argue that few phones look as good, with the exceptions being the metal-bodied iPhone 5/5S, the Nexus 5′s simple but suave soft-touch plastic body, and perhaps Sony’s elegant square Xperia models.

The next-generation HTC One is expected to be unveiled in late March, possibly with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 5-inch 1080p display, 2 GB RAM, UltraPixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.4 KitKat. Does this smartphone make your wishlist this year?

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Anandtech: Apple, Motorola only manufacturers to not cheat in benchmarks

Anandtech: Apple, Motorola only manufacturers to not cheat in benchmarks

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Anandtech, arguably the most reliable benchmarking website, dug in to reports that Samsung was juicing its processors to perform better in benchmarks. While researching Samsung’s “optimizations,” they began to run similar diagnostics on other devices.

Long story short, every manufacturer that isn’t Apple or Motorola includes optimizations and other tweaks to try to gain an edge in certain benchmarks. Samsung, HTC, and LG all use tweaks to boost voltage and clock speed when certain benchmarks are detected.

It’s important to note, however, that Google is also apparently opposed to this practice, as their Nexus devices — which are current being built by Samsung and LG — do not exhibit such behavior in benchmarks. Similarly, it seems that the blame lies squarely with the actual OEMs, and not chip makers.

But, perhaps most importantly, it highlights just how silly it is to use an artificial score to decide where to spend hundreds of dollars.

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HTC One Mini Announced With 4.3-Inch Screen

HTC One Mini

Looking to cater to those users that prefer smartphones with smaller screens, Taiwanese handset maker HTC today unveiled the HTC One Mini with a smaller 4.3-inch display. The rival Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini also packs a 4.3-inch screen, while the flagship HTC One has a 4.7-inch display.

Other hardware specifications for the HTC One Mini include a 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, LTE connectivity and the infamous HTC UltraPixel camera. While these tradeoffs and the lack of NFC are present, HTC still believes it is a “no compromise” experience.

Android handset makers continue to release a myriad of smartphones with various features and price points, with the goal of targeting as many consumers as possible. Samsung has led this initiative with the Galaxy S4 and its S4 Mini, S4 Zoom, S4 Active and Google Edition running stock Android Jelly Bean.

[The Verge]

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Android, Propelled by Samsung, Continues to Dominate Global Smartphone Marketshare

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Android, riding as a platform on the success of Samsung’s strategy of pushing dozens of devices in most form factors in almost every market, holds a huge lead over any other mobile platforms — including iOS — in terms of global marketshare. While iOS (and even other platforms, like Windows Phone) continue to do well in developed markets, Android’s penetration in undeveloped markets is becoming absolute.

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Quick Thoughts on Minuum: A Clever, But Flawed, Keyboard for Android

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Minuum is a keyboard for Android with a rather unique take on the market. Instead of providing what is essentially a tiny, software version of the QWERTY keyboard, the Minuum keyboard shrinks everything down and relies upon intelligent software prediction to accomplish the task of inputting text.

The project was crowdfunded on Indiegogo, and I was lucky enough to be one of the first to donate — after all, the concept is interesting and text input on mobile devices has not evolved much in the past few years. I received an invite to the beta earlier this week, and I immediately installed the keyboard on my Nexus 4. After a few days of use, here’s what I think: (more…)

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HTC Hires Robert Downey Jr. for $12 Million, Plans Massive Ad Blitz

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HTC has a problem. Their flagship product, the HTC One, is an excellent device. So good, in fact, that many recommend it over the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5. However, HTC has so far proven incapable of marketing the device in a manner that competes favorably with either Samsung or Apple.

That may be about to change. Rumor has it that HTC has hired Robert Downey Jr., star of Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, to help turn its marketing image around. Bloomberg reports that HTC will be paying $12 million dollars to the iconic movie star to help market its products, and that Downey will also have a creative role in the writing and creation process for the campaign. The deal is said to span two years.

[Bloomberg]

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HTC One Confirmed to Receive Android 4.2.2

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Taiwanese handset maker HTC on Monday confirmed that it will be seeding Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean to its flagship HTC One smartphone, although it did not provide a specific timeframe for the update. The HTC One, which currently runs Android 4.1 with HTC Sense on top, was released in late April alongside the Samsung Galaxy S4.

For those that would prefer not to wait, Google will be releasing an HTC One running stock Android on June 26th. The smartphone will initially launch in the United States, running on AT&T and T-Mobile, with the 32 GB model retailing for $599 through the Google Play online store. The handset will run Android 4.2.2 out of the box.

According to R.W. Baird’s William Power, speaking with Barron’s, the HTC One has positioned itself as the third-best selling smartphone in the United States on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, behind the iPhone and Galaxy S4. The device features a 4.7-inch display, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM and 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera.

Sources: Engadget, Barron’s

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HTC One Mini Leaks, 4.3″ 720p Display in Tow

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HTC’s One may be facing an uphill climb in the market, but perhaps a smaller version of the device will help the company’s bottom line. The device itself is literally just a smaller version of the One, complete with the front-facing speakers and premium design of its larger brother.

The specifications are also fairly high-end. While the 1080p panel has been switched out for a 4.3″ 720p display, the camera and display technology remain unchanged. Similarly, the build of the device appears to be identical — a very good thing, judging by how popular the design and build of the One are among consumers and reviewers alike.

Would you be interested in this smaller, presumably cheaper HTC device? Personally, yes — especially if the battery life is an improvement.

[Engadget]

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HTC One Running Stock Android Announced

HTC One Stock Android

Android head Sundar Pichai, speaking at the annual All Things Digital conference, just announced that a new version of the flagship HTC One smartphone running stock Android software will be available on June 26th. The smartphone will launch in the United States initially, compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, for $599 (32 GB) on the Google Play store.

The handset will ship SIM unlocked and with an unlockable bootloader, running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Parallel to Nexus devices, the stock HTC One will receive further Android software updates from Google. HTC will continue to sell the handset with its Sense operating system, for those that prefer that experience.

This is the second high profile Android smartphone to receive the Nexus treatment in just a few weeks, as Google recently confirmed that it will be releasing a stock Samsung Galaxy S4 model running Jelly Bean. With identical software, the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 can now be compared solely on hardware.

[HTC via AllThingsD]

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