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HTC REcamera goes through the FCC, confirming Bluetooth LE and WiFi

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

HTC recamera patentWe know that HTC is planning on launching some type of GoPro camera competitor in the near future, and it looks like it’ll be called the REcamera. The device will be some kind of smartphone accessory and will likely be fairly rugged and waterproof for capture action shots and the like.

Thanks to an FCC filing, we can confirm that it’ll definitely be able to connect to a smartphone (although that doesn’t rule out the possibility that it can be used on its own). The filing shows that the device features WiFi radios as well as Bluetooth LE, both of which are extremely common ways to connect peripherals to smartphones. The filing didn’t reveal anything about the rest of the hardware, so we’re still not sure what kind of megapixel count or anything HTC will go with. 

At this point we’re still just running with leaks and rumors, but HTC has their camera event lined up for October 8th, just a week away from now. We won’t have to wait too much longer.

source: FCC

via: Slashgear

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HTC REcamera Stops by FCC With Bluetooth and WiFi

Posted by Kellex October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Next week, at a press event in NYC, HTC is going to announce the REcamera, a GoPro like camera companion for your smartphone that is waterproof and will probably be sold as the ultimate selfie machine, because companies are still clinging to the selfie craze. Don’t believe me? Just look at the official images pulled from the REcamera’s official launch website.

The device, as is typically the case before any product gets announced, stopped by the FCC this week. As you can see in the image above, we have a tube-shaped device with FCC labeling on the bottom. The tube-shaped design matches up exactly to the official images we have already seen that show off a camera built from submarine parts (OK, I made that last part up). 

The FCC docs also confirm Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi (802.11b/g/n) on-board, so this little guy should have no problems pairing with your phone for instant sharing of those previously mentioned submarine selfies (quick, someone trademark that). Other than that, the filing mentions specifically that this is a “companion camera” under the brand name “RE.”

This is the REcamera.

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Via:  FCC
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HTC M8 Eye captured in press image ahead of launch

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

htc_m8_eyeIt’s obvious the HTC M8 Eye is really close to launch, considering the leaks we’re getting. An alleged press image, shown above, shows the M8 Eye in all its glory, with the same design as the HTC One (M8), but instead with a stellar 13MP camera and a secondary sensor for depth of field measuring. Aside from those improvements, the same internals as the One (M8) are included, with Snapdragon 801 chipset, 5” 1080p display, and Sense-d Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

The M8 Eye is expected to launch on October 8 alongside an action camera from HTC.

Source: Weibo 

Via: GSM Arena

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HTC One M8 Max to not be Quite as Large as Predecessor

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

htc-one-max-unboxing-13HTC is well-known for making gorgeous phones with thrilling design and brilliant features, but what it’s not known well for at the moment is making money. We all know that the tech company has fallen on hard times despite making the device rated as the best phone of the year by multiple websites for the past two years. In order to combat this issue and create a device to rake in the holiday sales, HTC will most likely be releasing its phablet of the year, the HTC One M8 Max, in Q4 of this year.

The device should be smaller than its predecessor, the original HTC One Max, which measured in at an enormous 5.9″. This years iteration should feature a 2K 5.5″ screen along with 3GB RAM, a Snapdragon 805, and most likely a fingerprint scanner like its ancestor.

At this point in the year, we aren’t really asking ourselves if HTC will be releasing a new device soon. The HTC One M8, despite being an incredible device, is ageing quickly, and HTC needs a cutting edge device for the Q4 boom. The question is, will the M8 Max be the ticket?

Source: PocketNow

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5 common problems with the HTC Desire 816 and how to fix them

Posted by wicked September - 29 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Not everyone is looking to spend the big bucks on the latest and greatest, and now, OEMs are showing a lot more interest in conquering the mid-range smartphone market. Leading the way is the great HTC Desire 816. HTC’s commitment to great design and build quality continues with this “premium mid-range” offering, that also offers decent specifications, a beautiful large display, and most importantly, an affordable price tag. However, as we’ve seen with even more premium smartphones, users may run into some issues along the way while using this device. Today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the problems faced by owners of the HTC Desire 816, and offer potential solutions on how to fix them.

Disclaimer – The HTC Desire 816 is still a really good smartphone, and it is likely that you won’t face any of the issues mentioned below.


Problem #1 – Power button gets stuck or doesn’t work

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Some user have complained about the power button getting stuck within the body of the phone, following which a message saying “To restart your device, press the power button and volume up key,” which isn’t possible. Some users have also found that the power button feels loose, and doesn’t work, even when it doesn’t get stuck.

Potential Solutions -

  • Unfortunately, this is a case of faulty hardware, so the best answer would be to pick up a replacement if possible.
  • To avoid facing this issue, you can try using a flip cover with an auto awake feature. The display will automatically turn on when you open the flap, and you will avoid using the power button as much.
  • If the power button is not functioning, you can use an app like Gravity Screen that lets you turn your device on or off without needing to reach for the power button, until you can pick up a replacement.

Problem #2 – Not enough storage space

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Being a mid-range device, the Desire 816 offers only 8 GB of internal storage, of which only around 4 GB is available to the user. Of course, expandable storage up to 128 GB is available, but not all apps can be moved to the microSD card, and you may find yourself running out of space easily.

Potential Solutions -

  • The device comes with a Storage Wizard, that lets you uninstall apps that you haven’t used in a while, and delete files that you no longer need or have backed up. You can find this by going into Settings – Storage – Make more space.
  • Some third-party apps can be moved from the phone storage to the storage card. Go to Settings – Apps – On SD card, to see which apps can be moved. To move, tap an app, and then tap Move.
  • Back up files, photos, and videos to your laptop or to the cloud and keep only the recent and more important documents on the device. You get 50 GB of free storage on Google Drive for 2 years with the Desire 816, which is also helpful.

Problem #3 – Overheating

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Some users have complained about the device becoming uncomfortably warm, even when the display hasn’t been continuously on for a long time, or when a processor intensive app or gams isn’t running.

Potential Solution -

  • Kill all the background apps that you aren’t using, and make sure that the auto-sync feature of some apps is also turned off. To do so, go into Settings – Applications and then choose the app and disable auto sync.
  • This could be related to a specific app. Reboot the device in Safe Mode (see below on how to do so), and if the issue doesn’t occur then, an application is the culprit. Make sure that all the apps are up to date, and you can also try clearing the app cache. Then, you can uninstall apps that you’ve recently downloaded, or do a Factory Reset and start over.
  • If the phone heats up unnecessarily, such as when the display is off, or you’re not doing anything that is processor intensive, it may be faulty hardware, and it’s best to pick up a replacement if possible.

Problem #4 -Random reboots

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Some users have faced problems with the device randomly rebooting, or freezing.

Potential Solution -

  • If the screen is frozen, tapping on the power button to turn the screen off, and turning the screen on again might unfreeze it. If that doesn’t work, a long press on the power button will reboot the device.
  • The likely culprit for this issue is a specific application. You can follow the instructions in Problem #3 above to find out if this is the case.

Problem #5 – Sluggish performance and battery concerns

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Some users have noticed a generally sluggish performance on their device, with quite a few instances of noticeable lag. Battery life is also always a concern, and depending on your usage, you may be looking for solutions to extend it. While these two issues are different, they have been clubbed together as the potential solutions for both are similar.

Potential Solutions -

  •  Kill all the background apps that you aren’t using, and make sure that the auto-sync feature of some apps is also turned off. To do so, go into Settings – Applications and then choose the app and disable auto sync.
  • HTC devices offer some great Live wallpapers and a ton of useful widgets, but using these will drain the battery faster, and might result in a slowdown in performance as well. It is best to use static wallpapers, and to minimize the number of widgets only to the ones you use most often.
  • You can go into Settings – Power and then tap on Sleep Mode  and make sure that it is on. This setting will automatically turn off your data connections after a pre-set period of 15 minutes (which you can change) of inactivity, and this will contribute towards extending battery life. Data connectivity will automatically turn back on the moment you wake the device.
  • If you find the interface to be too laggy, a soft reset may do the trick.
  • If you find unexplained battery drain, a specific application may be the cause. You can find out if this is the case by following the instructions in Problem #3.

So there you have some of the problems faced by HTC Desire 816 owners, and we’ll continue to update this list if more turn up. If you’ve had to struggle with any of these issues, let us know if any of these solutions have worked for you. If there is any other problem with your device, don’t forget to mention it in the comments section below, and we’ll try to help you find a fix!

Talk about your HTC Desire 816 problems in our HTC Smartphones Forums


Here are the guides to perform a soft reset and factory reset on the HTC Desire 816.

Soft Reset

  • If the display is off, press the power button to turn it back on. If you’ve set up a lock screen, you need to unlock it.
  • Press and hold the power button, and then tap Restart.
  • When asked to confirm, tap Restart.

If the device is frozen and unresponsive

  • Press and hold the power button and the volume up key simultaneously for 10 seconds, and the device should restart.

Factory Reset

Keep in mind that performing a factory reset will erase all your data from the device, so make sure that you first back up anything important.

  • Go to Settings, and then tap Backup & reset.
  • Tap Reset phone.
  • If you want to delete media, documents, and other data from the phone storage, select Erase all dataTo also delete media and other data from your storage card, select Erase SD card.
  • Tap OK.

If you can’t turn HTC Desire 816 on or access settings, you can still perform a factory reset by using the hardware buttons on HTC Desire 816. Keep in mind that the Fast boot option in Settings > Power must not be selected.

  • Press and hold the volume down button, and then press and hold the power button.
  • Wait for the screen with the three Android images to appear, and then release both buttons.
  • Press volume down to scroll down to Factory Reset, and then press the power button to select this option.

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Android Authority this week

Posted by wicked September - 28 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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It was a wild week, Android lovers, with some big news, intriguing rumors, and a little fun on the iPhone’s expense. We reported exclusively on the launch date of Android L and the new Nexus 9, learned about Motorola’s Shamu, a potential Nexus phablet, and Droid Turbo, talked a bit about the hot new Note 4 and HTC’s periscope-like camera, and debated what it takes to bend a phone.

Welcome to Android Authority this week!

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Check out Jayce’s popular weekly Android news roundup!

Say hello to our new community manager

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From left to right: bird, Luka

We’ve long discussed internally the need for a community manager that would keep a watchful eye on our comments sections, forums, and social presence. Without one, things can get pretty wild, and often, not in a good way. We put off putting someone in charge of our community when we were small, but now that hundreds of thousands of people read and interact with us every day, it’s high time for a change.

With that, we bring you our newest team member, Luka Mlinar. Luka is a community leader on our forums and he will be responsible for the development of our social presence on Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter and more. We hope that having a community manager will mean fewer trolls, more insightful comments, and, overall, a nicer place for you to hang out online.

Feel free to say hi to Luka!

We’re hiring

We’re always on the lookout for good new people to help us grow the site. If you love Android, know mobile technology inside out, and have experience writing, here’s where you can find more details and apply. We’re also looking for great video reviewers to help us keep up with all the devices and accessories that launch every week. If you’re comfortable with the camera and the keyboard, just drop us a line at the link above.

Coming up next

It’s going to be a tough few weeks for our review team, with luminaries like the Xperia Z3, Note 4, and new Moto X coming our way. Stay tuned for close looks at all the things that matter about these cool new devices and a lot more.

Thanks to our sources, we know that Google will officially introduce Android L around mid-October. That means we’re just two weeks away from the biggest Android news of the year. Will more info leak by then? We sure hope so!

We gave away a Moto 360 last Sunday, but now we’re going bigger. This week the brand new ZTE Zmax is up for grabs. Interested? Get your raffle ticket here.

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here some other interesting posts for your Sunday reading:

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Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

Nexus 9 is coming

Droid does

droid turbo leak (2)

Note 4

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#Bendgate

HTC’s periscope

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A whale of a phone

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Happy Sunday!

The biggest problems Android has to face

Posted by wicked September - 28 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off
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Few would have predicted the meteoric rise of the Android platform. If you cast your mind back to 2008 Google looked to be suffering from the economic crash just as badly as the next company. The first Android smartphone, the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1), was fairly well received, but widely written off as “no iPhone killer”. Many people were denigrating Chrome because it took four months to secure 1% of the browser market. Google’s share price took a hit and didn’t start picking up again until the beginning of 2009.

Fast forward five years and according to the latest research from IDC Android claimed an 84.7% global market share in the second quarter of 2014. Chrome has around a 45% share, in case you’re wondering. Google looks stronger and richer than ever, but the future for Android isn’t entirely bright.

How profitable is the Android scene?

Global Smartphone Data

No OEM has benefited more from the rise of Android than Samsung, but there are signs that its dominance is under threat. Looking at the Q2 2014 earnings report we can see that the mobile division’s profit is declining. It’s hardly panic stations, Samsung still made more than $6 billion profit and the bulk of it came from the sale of smartphones, but the mobile division profit is falling faster and it’s a big drop of almost 30% compared to the same quarter last year.

HTC was the early star of the Android pack, but it has had a rough couple of years. The HTC One line has returned the company to profitability, it made $75 million profit last quarter, but sales are still falling.

Sony has been fighting to get back into the mobile space with the premium Xperia Z line and an accelerated six month update schedule, but its mobile division made a loss of $27 million last quarter.

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LG looks like one of the few familiar OEMs going the other way, with a profit of $83.4 million in the mobile division for the second quarter, the first profit in a while, but more importantly based on a 16% bump in sales.

It’s still early days for Nokia’s old phone hardware division, now part of Microsoft, but the company did report sales of 5.8 million phones in the partial quarter since it took over, which looks like it might be a modest increase over the same quarter last year. That’s very much based on the budget and mid-range end of the market, though.

It’s a new dawn

All of the major smartphone players are facing the same threats. We’ve looked at how commoditization is driving prices down and OEMs are left with a choice between low prices and brand power if they want to stand out and compete. The vast majority of the growth in smartphones is in developing markets. China and India are by far the biggest.

The Chinese question

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Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’re seeing so many Chinese manufacturers coming into play. Lenovo has acquired Motorola after a dive into the budget end of the market under Google saw it start to turn things around. Xiaomi claimed the top spot in Chinese smartphone shipments last quarter with a 14% share. ZTE, Huawei, Alcatel, and even newcomers like Oppo and OnePlus are significantly undercutting the competition.

The big question is how profitable are these Chinese companies? It can be a little difficult to tell because they don’t always break down by division or report on profits. We know that worldwide shipments of smartphones for Huawei and Lenovo are rising fast, placing them third and fourth on the chart for Q2 2014. Alcatel shipped a record number of handsets in Q2 2014 claiming almost 40% growth and a 4% share of the global market. ZTE made more than $100 million profit last quarter, but we don’t know how much of that can be attributed to smartphone sales.

Xiaomi is selling a huge number of handsets and it claimed $5.31 billion revenue in the first half of 2014, but it is keeping quiet on the subject of profits. Some people are speculating that margins are very tight and maybe Xiaomi isn’t turning much of a profit at all. It’s not clear if Oppo or OnePlus are making any real cash either.

One company we know isn’t making cash in China is Google. It refused to continue censoring search engine results after a Chinese hacking attack and that led to a lengthy dispute that has seen some Google services banned in mainland China. Android may be the dominant platform, but Google doesn’t provide search on those phones or sell content on them like it does in much of the rest of the world.

Never again

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Google doesn’t want to be cut out of another market the way it was in China and that’s what the Android One program is really all about. Indian OEMs like Micromax, Karbonn, and Lava claim a huge share of the market in India. Now Google is starting to drive sales of Android One handsets through partnerships with these OEMs because it wants to make sure that they carry Google services. The Android One program also allows it to reduce fragmentation.

Are interests diverging?

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There’s always been a weird dichotomy at the heart of Android. Google and the OEMs don’t really want the same thing. OEMs want to sell handsets and make as much profit as possible from the hardware. Google just wants its services on as many devices as possible because it is geared up to make money from advertising. Google can only retain its position at the top of the search tree by continuing to suck in big data from us to gain insights that everyone else desperately wants.

As Internet usage is rapidly becoming all about mobile devices, Android was a very clever way for Google to maintain its dominance. Instead of having to pay a company like Apple a huge sum of money in order to be the default search provider, it gave OEMs a platform to use. It actually presented them with the same proposition that it presents us – you can have this great, free software, but you have to use our services and let us collect information from you.

Google has walked a tightrope in terms of pushing hardware prices down, with the Nexus line and Motorola, without alienating the OEMs. We’ve wondered about Samsung jumping ship before, but it can’t match Google in terms of services, and even with the decline in profits it is still making money.

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There may come a time when the OEMs realize their interests are diverging and Android can’t deliver what they need anymore, just as there may come a time when people prize privacy over the quality of Google’s services.

Maybe it’s simply too late for OEMs like HTC, LG, and Sony to break away from Android. Dabbling with Windows Phone has highlighted the lack of a back door. Their mobile fates are tied to the Android platform, so how strong is their bargaining position with Google now? But the OEMs in China and India could throw a giant spanner in the works. They can undercut on hardware and they don’t necessarily need Google’s involvement in the software space.

Android won’t be toppled by another OS anytime soon, but the fight for control of the platform is set to rage on. Google has to continue to be smart and inventive, it has to continue to add real value for end users, and it had better keep looking over its shoulder.

Latest rumor says HTC One (M8) Eye to launch in October with new camera

Posted by wicked September - 27 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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We already got wind a couple weeks ago that HTC was working on an update to their flagship HTC One (M8) for a fall release. A new Twitter post from @LlabTooFeR is consistent with our previous guess that HTC was working on an October release date for the new HTC One (M8) Eye.

Along with the date, @LlabTooFeR seems to confirm the main change for the device is the upgrade to the camera, moving it from a 4MP ultrapixel camera to a standard 13MP unit. The unit also appears to be coming with Android 4.4.4 and Sense 6.0 loaded.

According to previous reports, HTC still has a separate HTC Eye smartphone and an action camera to compete with GoPro ready for release as well.

source: @LlabTooFeR

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One (M8) comes last, Note 3 first in Consumer Reports bend test

Posted by wicked September - 27 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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It’s not a real “****gate” scandal in the tech world until Consumer Reports weighs in. The respected consumer protection organization did it in 2010, when it confirmed that the iPhone 4 had a “death grip” issue, and now it’s literally weighing in on the new iPhones and several Android smartphones to see exactly how much force is needed to bend one.

Consumer Reports used a standard three points test to see how much force the phones can withstand until they show a permanent deformation. The tests started at 60 pounds of force and continued in 10 pounds increments until deformation. The devices in the test group were the HTC One (M8), LG G3, and Galaxy Note 3, and three iPhones: 5, 6, and 6 Plus.

Here’s the breakdown of the results:

Deformation Case separation
HTC One (M8) 70 pounds 90 pounds
Apple iPhone 6 70 pounds 100 pounds
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 90 pounds 110 pounds
LG G3 130 pounds 130 pounds
Apple iPhone 5 130 pounds 150 pounds
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 150 pounds 150 pounds

The beefy Note 3 is, unsurprisingly, at the top of the chart, with more than double the amount of force an iPhone 6 or One (M8) can take. The LG G3, while thin and light for its size, is very strong as well, as is the iPhone 5, with its straight metal edges.

The larger iPhone 6 Plus is actually stronger than the iPhone 6, which seems to contradict numerous reports about Apple’s phablet being easier to bend. The aluminum unibody M8 shares the last place with the iPhone 6.

To get an idea of the kind of forces we’re talking about, Consumer Reports says it takes 80 pounds of force to break four pencils, a feat that many people will find very difficult.

So, what’s going on here? Was Unbox Therapy’s bent iPhone a fluke or a conspiracy to make Apple look bad? Probably not. It’s possible that the Consumer Reports’ test doesn’t reflect the load that Unbox Therapy was able to apply in their tests. In fact, the channel did another bend test, this time shot in a single cut, to proof that there wasn’t any foul play involved in the original video.

The results are exactly the same as: the 6 Plus caves in relatively easily, while the new Moto X doesn’t even creak.

Consumer Reports didn’t test other types of loads that a smartphone can bear, like twisting, and ultimately fails to explain why some people reported that their devices warped or bent after simply sitting in their pockets.


Via: Engadget;
Source: Consumer Reports;

Rumored HTC M8_EYE coming in October with a 13MP Duo camera

Posted by wicked September - 27 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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As rumors and leaks go, HTC will have an October treat for us, expected to announce the M8_EYE, which is, to be blunt, looking like a 13MP variant of the HTC One (M8).

Although the name M8_EYE has been floating around for a couple weeks now, we are happy to finally learn a bit about the device. While there is not much to go by, what we have so far appears to simply be an update to the existing HTC One (M8) hardware.

The M8_EYE upgrades the One (M8) to a 13MP Duo camera sensor, but it does not appear that HTC’s UltraPixel technology is coming along for the ride. Immediate response to the HTC One (M8)’s 4MP shooter was somewhat negative, but many were surprised by the end result of the images as the UltraPixel technology meant larger pixels that captured more light, resulting in a great quality image, if a little low on the overall pixel count.

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Camera sensors on phones like the 16MP Samsung Galaxy S5, 13MP Sony Xperia Z2, and a long list of other devices that also use Sony’s 13MP sensor, have returned victorious in camera shootouts against the HTC One (M8), and it appears HTC paid attention. Newer HTC phones pack larger MP sensors, in-fact, the Butterfly 2 is already using a 13MP Duo camera setup.

If final rumors are to be believed, the HTC M8_EYE will only be headed to India and China, it will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat and will have HTC’s Sense 6 skin on top.

We’ll keep tabs on things as they progress, to get you all the info we can get our hands on as we all wait for the official announcement for the HTC M8_EYE.

In the mean time, you tell us what you think of this rumored M8_EYE, and if you feel slighted over purchasing the One (M8).

Let me get the ball rolling, this rumored M8_EYE is what the HTC One (M8) should have been the first time around – packing a 13MP Duo camera with that UltraPixel technology really could have been a leap forward for users. 13MP without UltraPixel tech, not so sure about that. Your thoughts?


Via: Android Police;
Source: UpLeaks;

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