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HTC Might Have Leaked Upcoming Android Wear Smartwatch in Official Video

Posted by Tim-o-tato July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Another leak out of HTC is making the rounds, this time surrounding its reportedly upcoming smartwatch powered by Android Wear. Android Wear is Google’s smartwatch platform, which is already available running on the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch smartwatches.

The leak is taken from an official design video which HTC released, focusing on the company’s unique take on hardware design. While a few narrators are going on about HTC’s craftsmanship, the camera focuses on a worker at his station, going over a few 3D images, with a smartwatch in plain view sitting next to him. Is it HTC’s upcoming Android Wear watch? It very well could be. 

This is not the first mumbling of an HTC-made Android Wear device, as a reported render of the device was leaked not too long ago from @evleaks. While not much information was given alongside the leaked render, this new leak does not offer much either, besides the squared look.

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To check out the full sequence, give the video below a quick watch (pun intended). It is short, running about a minute long, but keep your eyes peeled around the 0:35 mark for a few glimpses at the design.

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Via: HTC Source

HTC Might Have Leaked Upcoming Android Wear Smartwatch in Official Video is a post from: Droid Life

HTC Sense keyboard comes to Google Play

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Recently we’ve seen several manufacturers turning to Google Play as a means of updating some of their core apps, as opposed to pushing out these changes through traditional OTA software updates. Some of the best examples include Motorola and Sony, but now it looks like HTC is following suit by pushing the Sense Input keyboard over to the Play store.

Although HTC brought their keyboard to Google Play, there’s not much new here in terms of changes other than support for Google extract view in landscape mode and a few other fixes and improvements. Here’s the full change-log:

  • Support Google extract view in landscape mode.
  • Add the prompt when adding none word into personal dictionary.
  • Show .ru/.ro/.nl on Russian/Romanian/Dutch URL keyboard.
  • Enable Handwriting manual submit mode.
  • Fix Zhuyin “ㄦ” cannot be typed issue.

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For those wondering what devices the HTC Sense keyboard will work on, you’ll need either an HTC One (M7 and M8) or a newer Desire handset. Those with Google Play Edition devices will not be able to download the keyboard, however. If you have a compatible device, the update should hit your device automatically, though you can always fetch it directly by going to Google Play.

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HTC puts the Sense keyboard in the Play Store for easier updates

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Before we share any details, that is the actual sizing and resolution for an icon HTC put together with an application in the Play Store. It is for an app titled HTC Sense Input which is essentially the Sense keyboard as a standalone app. This is being done so that the company can easily push updates to its devices as quickly as possible without having to do an entire system software update. Compatibility is seemingly limited to HTC’s more recent line of handsets.

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HTC Begins to Break Down Firmware, Releases Sense Keyboard to Google Play

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Like Google and Motorola before it, HTC has uncoupled a system app from firmware. HTC Sense Input, the default keyboard on HTC devices, made its unceremonious debut on Google Play this morning.

Predictably, Sense Input is only compatible with the HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), and the latest phones in the Desire series. Sense seems to be a requirement, too – the keyboard won’t install on Google Play Editions of either One. 

For those hoping that its uploading to Google Play would bring a huge list of improvements, you may be left feeling a bit disappointed. According to this changelog posted on Google Play, this update brings support for Google Extract View in landscape mode, as well as the ability to enable “handwriting manual submit mode.” Whatever that is.

What’s New

  • Support Google extract view in landscape mode.
  • Add the prompt when adding none word into personal dictionary.
  • Show .ru/.ro/.nl on Russian/Romanian/Dutch URL keyboard.
  • Enable Handwriting manual submit mode.
  • Fix Zhuyin “ㄦ” cannot be typed issue.

If you own a newer HTC smartphone, your keyboard should update automatically sometime today. Readers, notice any significant changes?

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HTC Begins to Break Down Firmware, Releases Sense Keyboard to Google Play is a post from: Droid Life

It looks like HTC leaked its own smartwatch in a design video

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

What do you do when you want to build some hype for your upcoming product? Sure, you can just rely on @evleaks and hope for the best. But just to be sure, you can stealthily insert said product in an otherwise run-off-the-mill promotional video and then… just wait.

HTC looks to have applied this recipe with the video above, which, amidst a deluge of design-y buzzwords, contains a couple of glimpses of what could be HTC’s first Android Wear smartwatch.

As discovered by HTC Source, at 0:35 seconds in the video, you can see a squarish smartwatch sporting a Sense-style watch face and sitting tightly in a charging cradle. And, at 0:45, a worker appears to be fiddling onscreen with the design of the watch’s metallic body.

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There’s not much to talk about here, but the leak (intentional or not) does seem to corroborate @evleaks’ render from last week.

According to rumors, we may find out everything there’s to know about HTC’s Android Wear smartwatch sometime next month. Like what you see so far?

HTC might have accidentally leaked upcoming smartwatch

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

There are generally two ways you want to handle secrecy on a new product – you go the Steve Jobs way, which is to guard the secret as if your life and the life of all your loved ones depended on it. Or you can go “controlled leaks” which is what most companies do now, we think. Jury’s still out on whichever HTC was going for, but the end result is that they might have just leaked their upcoming Android Wear smartwatch.

It was a smart way to do it though, if it was intended – embedded deep in a design promotional video that no one might actually notice it. Inevitably though, someone did. If this was not intentional, then it becomes just sloppy then. See if you can locate the “leak” at two points in the video below.

Right, so at 0:35 we see two things – a smartwatch dock or holder, and right beside it is an actual smartwatch on the dock. It looks like it functions like a dock-slash-charger at this point, looking at how it is situated on the users’ desk, but we won’t really know. The other significant thing here is that HTC might have actually signified that they are going the “square” path in designing their Android Wear smartwatch – only Motorola has so far been brave enough to go circular, and to their credit the Moto 360 looks fiiiiine.

At 0:43, you may see a designer working possibly on a CAD render for the smartwatch. That’s basically it. In HTC’s defense, they have not given the tech blogs much to go on in trying to see how their Android Wear development is progressing, and what kind of features we can expect. So again, we will have to go out and dig for clues like this in the meantime.

VIA: SlashGear

Potential HTC smartwatch outed by the company’s “behind the scenes” video

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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It appears as though we may have gotten yet another peak at HTC’s upcoming smartwatch. In the company’s own “behind the scenes” promotional video, we caught a glimpse of the device charging on an employee’s desk, giving further legitimacy to past rumors.

We first heard about HTC’s smartwatch last week when a supposed image of the device leaked to the web. While the software pictured is fake, the hardware is supposedly very real.

Click here to view the embedded video.

The first appearance of the device takes place about 35 seconds into the video, sitting on a designer’s desk. The only difference between this image and the leaked image from last week is that the leaked image is lacking a physical button, something that is somewhat visible in the video.

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In addition, the device appears to make a second appearance in the same video, this time about 42 seconds into the clip. In this glimpse, we see what looks like a smartwatch chassis being worked on by a designer on his computer.

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Despite what leaked images tell us, we can expect this device to be sporting Android Wear like its competitors. While we don’t know if this is an accidental leak or not, we wouldn’t be surprised if HTC threw it in on purpose to get people talking. Chances are, this video was completely staged, so there is little probability that something as huge as a future Android Wear device could accidentally slip in twice.

source: HTC Source

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Verizon’s launch date for HTC One Remix (One Mini 2) finally known

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Verizon’s version of the HTC One Mini 2, dubbed the HTC One Remix, will be finally launching this Thursday, July 24.

This information comes from @evleaks, who has become pretty trustworthy regarding the accuracy of his information. The rumors on this device started in the middle of May, so it’s a bit refreshing to get some useful information on the phone.

Source: @evleaks

 

 

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Latest rumor suggests HTC has more tablets in the pipeline

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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We have seen the leaked information regarding the forthcoming Nexus tablet that appears to be produced by HTC. If you are interested in an HTC tablet, but not necessarily a Nexus device or the 8.9-inch screen size, you may be in luck. A new rumor indicates HTC has a 7-inch and a 12-inch tablet in the works, with the apparent codenames T7 and T12 respectively. No other information is available.

Do you think an HTC produced tablet, possibly running a tablet optimized version of HTC’s Sense interface, is something you would consider buying?

source: @evleaks (official site)

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Unlocked HTC One M8 to receive Android 4.4.3 this week, next stop Android L

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Management, has confirmed that the company is aiming to start rolling out its Android 4.4.3 update to unlocked and international versions of the HTC One M8 later this week. The same 4.4.3 update is already available for customers with Sprint.

You might be wondering why the flagship won’t be making the jump straight to the slightly newer Android 4.4.4, considering that the Google Play Edition version of the handset has already been updated. The reason is that HTC’s engineers have been able to incorporate all of the security fixes from 4.4.4 into the upcoming 4.4.3 update, which is basically all that the 4.4.4 update included anyway.

The added implication here is that the One M8 won’t need updating to Android 4.4.4, meaning that the next update will be Android L. Although we are still not exactly sure when Android L will be released, HTC has pledged to update its handsets within 90 days.

Unlocked and international HTC One M8 owners should keep their eyes out for the OTA notification towards the end of this week, while customers with other carriers will have to wait a few more weeks for the update to come through.