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Verizon One Max finally gets a new Sense

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Verizon is rolling out an update to HTC’s 2013 giant and it is quite a big one. The update brings the new HTC Sense 6.0 experience to the One Max phablet, a promise that was made quite some time ago. Curiously, HTC’s software update page remains unchanged, but this news comes from the horse’s mouth so there is little doubt about its veracity.

Sense 6.0 gives HTC’s devices a fresh new coating when it comes to the user interface. Most obvious changes can be seen in the new design that is noted to use a stronger color palette and emotive typography, quite in line with Google’s own aesthetic bent. HTC’s custom news app BlinkFeed has also seen significant improvements, letting users easily customize the content they want to see. The homescreen has also been updated with ease of use and quick changes in mind. One new feature is the ability to not only choose a font but to also to download new ones from Google Play Store.

The update isn’t all about UI changes, however, as HTC has also included several behavioral ones as well, primarily bug fixes. Issues surrounding the ISIS mobile wallet system as well as the fingerprint scanner have been addressed. There are even new features included, like the ability to set a schedule for Do Not Disturb mode. And there is a new pre-loaded app included in the package in the form of Emergency Alerts.

As always, firmware updates roll out in staggered fashion, so it is unlikely that all owners will receive the notification all at the same time. If you haven’t yet, the usual method of manually querying the update servers via the device’s About Phone settings is always available. And of course, a stable WiFi connection and ample battery charge will be required to perform this update smoothly.

SOURCE: Verizon

Verizon HTC One Max receiving Sense 6

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Good news for you Verizon HTC One Max owners – your phone is being updated to the latest version of HTC’s third-party firmware. That’s right, Sense 6.0 is headed your way through a 613.5MB update that brings your device up to software version 3.09.605.2, includes a revamped BlinkFeed experience, several updated core apps, new font and color customizations and a handful of important bug and security fixes that should improve the performance of your device.

You can go ahead and see if your device is ready for the update by heading to Settings -> About -> Software Updates. If you don’t see it just yet, don’t worry, it’s on its way.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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HTC One M7 now getting Android 4.4.3, Android L should be next

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Just a quick heads-up for fellow European HTC One M7 users: reports of an Android 4.4.3 update coming to the beloved smartphone have been raising. More specifically, the update is showing up for users in Slovakia and Romania.

The latter country’s HTC Oneversion is said to be a carrier-specific one, which means we are not only dealing with unlocked and off-contract devices. This update brings 2013′s legendary device to software version 6.09.401.5, all packed in a 550 MB file full of goodies. We can expect more Europeans versions of the device to get the update relatively soon.

It may also be important to note this may be the very last update both HTC One iterations get until Android L comes around. HTC has decided to integrate Android 4.4.4 security updates into the older Android 4.4.3 software, making another update unnecessary. Other than security improvements, this OTA update also brings enhancements to certain HTC apps, such as the camera and gallery.

Keep an eye out for any updates! We definitely will.


Via: GSM Arena;

Verizon HTC One Max Gets Sense 6.0 Update

Posted by Kellex August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you own an HTC One Max on Verizon, your Sense 6 update is finally here. The update, according to at least one of our readers who received it yesterday, runs 613.5MB and jumps the phone up to software version 3.09.605.2. 

For those new to Sense 6, know that you should expect a revamped Blinkfeed experience, update overall UI with a “vivid color palette,” new camera UI, new gallery app, new music app, tweaked home screen experience, HTC’s Sense TV app, and customizable fonts. The update also addresses a number of bugs, like improved WiFi connectivity, a power-on issue, and a failure for Isis Wallet to work.

To check for the update, head into Settings>About>Software updates.

HTC has yet to update their Sense 6 status page, but Verizon already has the full changelog up as of August 15.

Cheers Doug!

Verizon HTC One Max Gets Sense 6.0 Update is a post from: Droid Life

HTC Butterfly 2 released to Asian markets

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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HTC has announced the release of their latest device in the Butterfly line of devices. Going by the long name HTC J butterfly HTL23 in Japan through KDDI, the device is really the HTC Butterfly 2. That easier name is how it will be marketed through Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, CSL in Hong Kong, and other carriers in South Asian markets. Regardless of what it is called, it is probably a device that many people outside those markets wish HTC would make available on a wider scale as it combines some of the best features of the HTC One (M8) and the HTC One (E8) with a sprinkling of upgrades.

The Butterfly 2 is built with a plastic body like the One (E8) and gets the 13MP camera of the One (E8). However, it also gets the Duo Camera technology of the One (M8) along with most of the upgraded hardware of the One (M8) like the Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a full HD 5-inch display. HTC also upgraded the Butterfly 2 to be water resistant with an IP 57 rating. HTC also says they improved their BoomSound technology to deliver 25% greater volume from the front-facing speakers. HTC is also bundling som JBL in-ear-headphones with the version destined for Japan to go with some new “LiveStage” signal processing technology that has been added.

Pricing has not been released, but the device will be available in red, white and blue starting September 2nd. You can read the press release below.

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Introducing the Newest Member of the HTC Butterfly Family

Allow us to formally introduce you to the newest member in the HTC Butterfly family – the all new “HTC J butterfly HTL23,” available through KDDI in Japan. This beautiful device will also go by the name of “HTC Butterfly 2,” available through Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, CSL in Hong Kong, and a number of other carriers throughout South Asia.

Packed with the latest HTC Sense 6 experience, HTC Duo Camera for advanced imaging, and an intuitiveMotion Launch advanced sensor, the new HTC Butterfly 2 delivers an unparalleled smartphone experience.

“Our consumers always pursue perfection. Therefore, we chose the partner that we know will offer the best smartphones in the market,” said Takashi Tanaka, President, KDDI. “Since the HTC J series was released, it has become the most popular phone in our product portfolio.”

The HTC Butterfly 2 puts state-of-the-art photography technology in your hand. The smartphone comes equipped with a Duo Camera that features a 13MP camera, a dual flash, and Full 1080p HD Video Recording, producing incredible images and rich, high-quality video. A 5MP front-facing camera also captures superior quality photos, taking beautiful selfies with ease.

The Duo Camera boasts a depth sensor in addition to the main HTC 13MP camera, capturing detailed depth information from a scene and enabling a range of beautiful and creative effects that allow you to do more with your images than ever before.

“HTC Butterfly 2 follows HTC’s iconic design and globally acclaimed user experience,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “Its elegant appearance and fantastic performance will certainly provide consumers with the best experience ever.”

The Butterfly 2 comes equipped with the latest HTC BoomSound technology, creating an immersive, powerful, crystal-clear sound with rich tones from bass to treble. Delivering sound that is 25% louder than the HTC One, without compromising quality, HTC Butterfly 2 has dual frontal stereo speakers with a new amplifierredesigned speaker chambers and a tailored audio profile for a truly high definition experience.

And it gets better – through our collaboration with HARMAN, HTC J butterfly HTL23 / HTC Butterfly 2 handsets feature “LiveStage™ Signal Processing Technology1”, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and comes bundled with exclusively designed JBL in-ear-headphones in Japan. Designed for high-resolution quality, the headphones let you enjoy vivid sound similar to if you were to hear it in person.

HTC Butterfly 2 will be available in the Asian market starting with Taiwan on September 2nd. It will also be sold through major wireless carriers and retailers in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. For more availability information about the HTC J butterfly HTL23, please check with your local carrier in Japan.

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T-Mobile HTC One M8 gets 4.4.3 update, Verizon soon

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

This update has been floating around for a while now, with Verizon actually hinting that their update to Android 4.4.3 might come out today. As it happens, it looks like T-Mobile HTC One M8 users will be the first to get the update, as Verizon says it needs to “re-spin” the update and might delay the rollout.

For T-Mo users, the update may not have shown up on your notifications yet, but as per GSM Arena, a certified T-Mo HTC One M8 user has let them know (with pictures) that the update is indeed rolling out which includes – among other new stuff – Android 4.4.3. There are major firmware updates that should improve network performance (Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Mobile Network), and new versions of the Camera, Gallery, Settings and HTC Sync manager apps. Lastly, there are also updates to the BoomSound experience, Extreme Power Saving Mode, Motion Launch and Quick Setting. All in all a tasty update for T-Mo HTC One users.

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For Verizon users, it seems that mid-September is the latest the update will roll out. According to HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie and HTC VP for the HTC One M8 Mo Versi, they had to recall the impending update – which should have rolled out today – because of some issues that need to be tweaked. No information was given as to what issues these were, but it unfortunately pushes the update out of August and into September at the earliest.

There is confirmation for Verizon users though, that the update will finally make available the Extreme Power Saving Mode that turns off a number of battery hungry features and allows your phone to last for more hours even on critical power levels. Worth noting that AT&T and T-Mobile units of the HTC One M8 got this feature in May this year.

VIA: Droid Life, TMOnews
SOURCE: @JasonMacHTC / @moversi

HTC Butterfly 2 is out and it’s a shame you probably won’t be able to get it

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The Butterfly 2 is the third device in HTC’s Butterfly series and the nicest yet.

Announced today for Japan and East Asia, the device follows in the footsteps (or wing flaps?) of the original Butterfly and Butterfly s, two devices that combined an attractive plastic build with the high-end specifications and cool features of the One series.

The Butterfly 2 is an interesting combination, mixing the specs and features of the M8 with the curved plastic build of the E8. Actually, the Butterfly 2’s spec sheet is better than the M8 in some areas, including the all-important camera.

The Butterfly 2 packs a Duo Camera like the One (M8), but with a high-res 13MP sensor, instead of the 4MP offered by the One. You still get the depth sensor on the back, so you can enjoy the selective focusing and 3D tricks, if that’s what floats your boat. But if you just want large, detailed shots, the 13MP sensor is arguably a better choice than the Ultrapixel camera of the metallic flagship.

In another upgrade, the Butterfly 2 is water resistant, with an IP rating of 57. There are no unsightly flaps covering ports – HTC found a way to seal off the sensitive components inside the device without spoiling the Butterfly’s appearance.

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The battery is slightly larger than on the M8, at 2,700 mAh, and HTC claims the BoomSound speakers were also upgraded to deliver 25 percent more volume. The enhancements extend to the software components of the audio stack, which now include features from audio company JBL.

Other specifications are the same with the One (M8), including the Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 and 32GB storage options (expandable), 5-inch Full HD display, and Sense 6. See the complete spec sheet here.

The Butterfly 2 will be available in red, blue, and white starting in September. In Japan, the device will be known as HTC J butterfly HTL23 and will be sold through carrier KDDI. Unfortunately, like its predecessors, the Butterfly 2 will be confined to a handful of markets in South and East Asia: Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. The original Butterfly was eventually released in some European markets, and in the US as the Droid DNA, but the signs are not good for that to happen with the Butterfly 2.

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Introducing the Newest Member of the HTC Butterfly Family

Allow us to formally introduce you to the newest member in the HTC Butterfly family – the all new “HTC J butterfly HTL23,” available through KDDI in Japan. This beautiful device will also go by the name of “HTC Butterfly 2,” available through Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, CSL in Hong Kong, and a number of other carriers throughout South Asia.

Packed with the latest HTC Sense 6 experience, HTC Duo Camera for advanced imaging, and an intuitiveMotion Launch advanced sensor, the new HTC Butterfly 2 delivers an unparalleled smartphone experience.

“Our consumers always pursue perfection. Therefore, we chose the partner that we know will offer the best smartphones in the market,” said Takashi Tanaka, President, KDDI. “Since the HTC J series was released, it has become the most popular phone in our product portfolio.”

The HTC Butterfly 2 puts state-of-the-art photography technology in your hand. The smartphone comes equipped with a Duo Camera that features a 13MP camera, a dual flash, and Full 1080p HD Video Recording, producing incredible images and rich, high-quality video. A 5MP front-facing camera also captures superior quality photos, taking beautiful selfies with ease.

The Duo Camera boasts a depth sensor in addition to the main HTC 13MP camera, capturing detailed depth information from a scene and enabling a range of beautiful and creative effects that allow you to do more with your images than ever before.

“HTC Butterfly 2 follows HTC’s iconic design and globally acclaimed user experience,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “Its elegant appearance and fantastic performance will certainly provide consumers with the best experience ever.”

The Butterfly 2 comes equipped with the latest HTC BoomSound technology, creating an immersive, powerful, crystal-clear sound with rich tones from bass to treble. Delivering sound that is 25% louder than the HTC One, without compromising quality, HTC Butterfly 2 has dual frontal stereo speakers with a new amplifierredesigned speaker chambers and a tailored audio profile for a truly high definition experience.

And it gets better – through our collaboration with HARMAN, HTC J butterfly HTL23 / HTC Butterfly 2 handsets feature “LiveStage™ Signal Processing Technology1”, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and comes bundled with exclusively designed JBL in-ear-headphones in Japan. Designed for high-resolution quality, the headphones let you enjoy vivid sound similar to if you were to hear it in person.

HTC Butterfly 2 will be available in the Asian market starting with Taiwan on September 2nd. It will also be sold through major wireless carriers and retailers in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. For more availability information about the HTC J butterfly HTL23, please check with your local carrier in Japan.

HTC Butterfly 2 officially announced, but limited availability

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

As what we have seen in the last rumor, HTC has officially announced that it is bringing the J Butterfly HTL23 to other regions as Butterfly 2. The Butterfly 2 and the Japan edition are the same in specs, except there won’t be WiMAX2+ or LTE Advance support in the Butterfly 2.

Available in Rouge, Canvas and Indigo color, the HTC Butterfly 2 features a Duo Camera system, and HTC BoomSound with dual front speakers – boosted with JBL LiveStage digital signal processing. According to the official specifications, the Duo Camera is using a 13MP f/2.0 camera sensor as primary camera, additional depth information is recorded simultaneously by a separate camera sensor on top. THe secondary camera sensor should be a 2MP camera sensor, if it is the same as the J Butterfly HTL23.

The additional depth information allows you to have more post-photo editing fun, which includes changing the picture focal point (UFocus) or applying special effects with the built in Foregrounder tool. There is also a dual tone flash LED, plus another 5 megapixel front facing camera. The front facing camera is not only good for selfies with higher resolution, but it is also able to capture Full HD video and HDR photos.

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Other hardware specs remain the same. The Butterfly 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad core processor (MSM8974AC), comes with 5-inch Full HD S-LCD3 display, IPX5/IPX7 waterproof, IP5X dust proof, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and microSDXC card slot. It is nice to see the microUSB port and headphone jack are designed without using a water resistant cover to achieve the IP57 protection.

HTC Butterfly 2 specifications:

– OS: Android 4.4.x KitKat
– Size: 145.4 x 70.2 x 9.99 mm
– Weight: 151g
– Display: 5″ Full HD SLCD 3
– Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad core
– RAM: 2GB
– Internal Storage: 16/32GB, MicroSDXC card slot
– Camera: 13MP f/2.0 + 2MP Duo camera, 5MP front facing camera
– Dual tone flash LED
– Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n/ac / Bluetooth 4.0 / NFC
– Battery: 2700 mAh
– Talk time: Up to 23.9 hours for 3G
– Standby time: Up to 643 hours for 3G
– Others: Barometer sensor, 4G LTE, Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Unfortunately, HTC has decided to ship the Butterfly 2 in selected countries. It will be launched first in Taiwan on September 2nd, and then in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Pricing for Butterfly 2, including the J Butterfly HTL23 is not revealed yet.

Android 4.4.3 update rolling out to T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8)

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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A software update is rolling out to HTC One (M8) owners on T-Mobile. The build is 2.22.531.5 and it contains Google’s Android 4.4.3 update. HTC has even bundled in the security fixes found in Android 4.4.4 in addition to everything that the labeled version of Android has (which is really just bug fixes). For HTC’s proprietary software, a slew of applications and futures have been improved.

The update is sized at nearly 600MB and requires the device’s battery life to be at no less than 50%.

Another carrier version of the One (M8) will be receiving the same update sometime next month. Jason Mackenzie, HTC America’s president, confirmed to me today on Twitter that the One (M8)’s update on Verizon hit a speed bump. It was expected to be rolling out by now, but there was a GPS issue that required a fix. The timetable Mackenzie supplied was mid-September. The software update for the Big Red version will also include Extreme Power Saving Mode, which has remained absent since launch.

Source: T-Mobile

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According to a Tweet sent from HTC Americas president, Jason Mackenzie, owners of the Verizon One (M8) should expect an update to Android 4.4.3 by mid-September. We had originally heard that a test of the update would happen around August 14, with the public push starting August 18 (today). Their VP of product, Mo Versi, noted today that they had to “re-spin” the update, so this month is out. No word on what the issue was that caused the update to be resubmitted, but that pushes the update out a couple of weeks and into next month. 

On a related note, the update will finally bring Extreme Power Saving Mode to the Verizon model. EPS is the feature that allows your One (M8) to last for hours on end with only a small percentage of battery remaining. By turning off a number of battery hogs, HTC is able to extend the life of your battery when in a pinch. It’s a lot like Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving Mode. The AT&T and T-Mobile models both received this feature back in May.

The Unlocked One (M8) saw the update to Android 4.4.3 a couple of weeks back, the T-Mo version is receiving it today, and AT&T should be up next.

Via:  @JasonMacHTC | @moversi

HTC One (M8) on Verizon Receiving Android 4.4.3 in September, Will Finally Include Extreme Power Saving Mode is a post from: Droid Life