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Could this be the HTC One A9?

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Android Smartphones_HTC_Aero_One-A9_090115Just yesterday we heard that HTC’s upcoming flagship type quality smartphone will be called the One A9. Today, the device might have been caught on camera.

The video below briefly shows us a glimpse of what could be the HTC One A9. HTC has plans to announce a so-called “handsome” smartphone on September 6th in Berlin. The device will include high-end flagship type specifications in addition to an industry first deca-core processor. The device is also expected to include a ground-breaking camera, much improved over the One M9 smartphone that came before it. Recent rumors suggested the device wouldn’t make it in time for IFA 2015, but it turns out the device may be ready ahead of schedule. The video shows a quick glimpse of the upper body of the device showing off a front-facing camera and what looks to be a front-facing flash. Hopefully we’ll find out more over the course of this week.

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HTC might announce a new smartphone on September 6th, HTC Aero incoming?

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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HTC has just posted an image to its Weibo microblogging account, hinting at a possible device launch slated for Sunday, September 6th. Although we’re not entirely sure what to expect next Sunday, the image attached below shows off what looks to be a new smartphone, rumored to be the upcoming HTC A9 (Aero) handset.

New HTC device

We weren’t exactly able to translate the text in the image, but the caption next to it reads:

September 6, “Meng Yao,” the listing, so stay tuned!

According to recent rumors and leaks, the device could feature MediaTek’s high end deca-core Helio X20 SoC, a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, 4GB of RAM and a big 3500mAh battery. It’s also rumored to come with 2.5D glass and a full metal unibody design. According to a few leaked images of the device, it looks like it will closely resemble an iPhone 6, as well. For a better look, check out the leaked photo attached below:

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It looks like we won’t need to wait much longer to see what HTC has up its sleeve. What are your thoughts? If the leaks end up proving true, are you excited for HTC’s newest high-end smartphone?

HTC to Announce a New Device on September 6

Posted by Tim-o-tato September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Posted onto HTC’s Weibo account, the overseas market may soon have a shiny new smartphone from HTC on September 6. Rumored to be the HTC Aero aka One A9 (the one that looks like an iPhone), the post features a photo of a smartphone, with the words “Meng Yao” on the bottom. When translated, this apparently means “superior handsomeness.” 

There are only rumors floating around with regard to possible specifications, and it is also unknown if we should expect to see the One A9 launch in the US. Right now, the device could launch with either a QHD or FHD display, the overseas model could pack a MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, and an all-metal body.

September 6 is right around the corner, so we should know soon enough what HTC is up to.

Anyone here hoping we get an HTC iPhone here in the US?

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Via: Weibo | G for Games

HTC to Announce a New Device on September 6 is a post from: Droid Life

Zoe app now to be hosted locally, will remain for HTC devices only

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

When HTC opened up their Zoe video creation app to Android users who were not rocking HTC devices, some Android users were pretty excited because of the collaborative nature of the app. It allowed your friends to add media to your video and to even remix other videos. But they weren’t probably prepared for the number of people who would be using their app, leading to crashes, performance issues, and user dissatisfaction. Now they’re updating the app, but it brings a good news, bad news situation.

The good news is that your Zoe videos will no longer be hosted on the cloud. This means when you’re creating your video and your network connection suddenly becomes wonky, then you won’t lose what you’re editing, like what usually happened before this update. So it means, the videos you make will be created and hosted locally on your device using its GPU and and onboard CPU so it’s much more stable. If you want to share it with others, then you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way by uploading to your media sharing social networks.

But the bad news is that, since the creation and hosting will be done locally, then non-HTC devices will not be able to use the app anymore so they can focus on developing hardware for what they know best, as stated in their press release. So by September 30, not only will their cloud services shut down entirely, but you’ll only be able to make and share a Zoe through a supported HTC device.

The other good news for HTC users is that the update has also brought a few goodies like the maximum length now for videos is 3 minutes instead of just 30 seconds. You will be able to include as many clips as you want as long as it’s within that time frame. If you have a supported HTC device, you should update your Zoe app now.


HTC Zoe App update hits the Play Store

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Android Apps_HTC Zoe_update_083115_7A new update for HTC’s Zoe app has rolled out in the Play Store for select HTC One users. This update will include a new smart trim feature and longer clips.

The new smart trim tool allows users to shorten their video clips within the app. HTC has also raised the limit of seconds per Zoe from 30 seconds to a whopping 3 minutes or 180 seconds. For people who use the app on a daily basis and shoot Zoe’s all the time, this will be a welcome enhancement. You can download the update at the link below.

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HTC Zoe App Updated, Brings Smart Trim and Longer Clips

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

An update for the Zoe app, made by HTC for One device owners, is now available to download on Google Play. Inside the update, which is rather large in terms of additions, users can now create highlight videos locally, with nothing going up into the cloud.

Added features also include a Smart Trim tool, allowing users to trim clips inside of a video. The maximum length of a Zoe has been pushed from 30 seconds to 3 minutes, and you can now download your existing Zoes from the cloud with your login online.

If you rock a supported One device, go get that update.

What’s New

  • Create highlight videos locally on your phone without uploading.
  • Maximum length increased from 30 seconds to 3 minutes.
  • Include as many clips as you like within the 3 minute time limit.
  • Smart Trim. Toggling smart trim on/off enables video clips to be trimmed or to play in their entirety within the Zoe.
  • Login to download your existing Zoes from the cloud.

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HTC Zoe App Updated, Brings Smart Trim and Longer Clips is a post from: Droid Life

It looks like HTC’s deca-core Aero smartphone will be known as the HTC One A9

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

According to a recent tweet from Evan Blass, HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone will be known as the HTC One A9. According to recent reports, the A in A9 stands for Aero. The new flagship will likely hit the market in late 2015 or early 2016 and will likely be the first ever smartphone to be powered by a deca-core processor.

The HTC One M9 rumors are beginning to heat up. We’re expecting the flagship to include a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, a first of its kind deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor backed with 4GB of RAM and an improved rear-facing camera with support for RAW photography.

We’re expecting the HTC One A9 to launch on AT&T and be priced between $500 – $600 off contract. We should find out more in the coming months.

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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HTC CEO Peter Chou joins digital production firm to strengthen VR endeavors

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

HTC CEO Peter Chou Credit: HTC

Every manufacturer worth its salt is entering the VR market one way or another, but very few have managed to impress us like HTC did with the Vive VR headset. This system is very special, and you can bet the Taiwanese manufacturer is putting a lot of time and effort into it. So much that HTC CEO Peter Chou is getting a second gig just to gain more knowledge in digital production.

Peter Chou is to join Digital Domain as an executive director, effective August 30th. This company has been behind the digital production of popular movies, such as Iron Man 3, Tron: Legacy and Her. They are also responsible for animations in famous games like Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Destiny and others. When it comes to digital production, these guys sure know what they are doing.


The idea is to bring some technical knowledge on VR to HTC, as it is a market the Taiwanese manufacturer has no true experience on. The HTC Vive is already an impressive VR headset, so we can’t wait to see what it’s like after the finalized product hits the store shelves. The commercial release is not expected until next year, though, so we won’t see any this move bearing any fruits soon.

As it stands, the HTC Vive is one of the most exciting VR headsets thanks to its location-aware technology, which uses a bevy of sensors and wall-mounted lasers. While other headsets only allow users to look up, down, left and right, the HTC Vive has you walking around things, effectively granting full immersion. It’s hard to efficiently convey this experience – you just need to try it.

More details will surely come in due time, so let’s keep calm and have Peter Chou do his thing for a while.

Verizon launches mid-range Desire 626 for $192

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Verizon has just launched HTC’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Desire 626, in the United States. The handset is available to purchase from the carrier for $192 up front or for $8 per month on a 24-month contact.

For those in need of a quick recap of its specifications, the Desire 626 packs a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 quad-core chipset, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing shooter and a 2,000mAh battery.

The Desire 626 runs the latest build of Android 5.1 Lollipop straight out of the box, skinned with HTC’s Sense 7 custom user interface, which provides users with access to a plethora of exclusive features, including BlinkFeed.

Check out the handset’s promotional images in the gallery below:

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If you’re based in the United States, like the sound of the Desire 626 and would like to pick one up from Verizon — hit the source link below.

Source: Verizon

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HTC Vive will see a staggered launch with ship dates rolling into Q1 2016

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


When HTC announced its Vive back at MWC, it invariably turned as many heads as it did make people scratch them. The Taiwanese OEM, a long time staple of the mobile world, was announcing a virtual reality headset. Even more shocking, the product was a partnership with Valve. It was, and has been, assumed that HTC’s first foray would be shipping this year.

It seems there is a slight change in plans however, as The Verge has learned that this will be true for only some customers. Interestingly enough, it is Valve that has done the talking here, specifically in a press release detailing its’ upcoming PAX Prime Expo plans:

HTC will offer the first commercial Vive units via a limited quantity of community and developer systems (later this year) with larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016.

It remains to be seen just how the roll-out will take place; will customers be chosen based on their reservation/order timing, or will the entire affair be of a totally random nature? For reference, Developer units have been available for many months now and are actually free at that.

Terrible timing?

As The Verge has pointed out, the first half of 2016 will see not one, but two different consumer VR products release: Facebook’s Oculus Rift (Q1) and Sony’s Project Morpheus (Q1 or Q2). Despite our own Joshua Vergara having extremely positive things to say about the Vive when he tested it out at MWC, the presence of intense, direct competition is definitely not a good thing when your product first releases.

Facebook has an extraordinary amount of market value, and while Valve does as well -among computer fans- HTC on the other hand has unfortunately relapsed into a what is likely to be a protracted period of poor financial performance.

The presence of Sony doesn’t make things any easier, nor does it help that the company has been involved with interactive entertainment for decades now. HTC on the other hand, is essentially experimenting with a totally new, foreign concept.

What’s in store for when it’s “in stores”

Given the plight HTC is facing, should the Vive fare well it will certainly bring good tidings to the beleaguered OEM. Still, the success of the product is largely dependent on whatever software or “killer apps” that can be produced to “win” the VR wars. Valve is certainly going to bring an exceptional amount of resources, but will it be enough to match wits with the financial resources of Facebook or the gaming prowess of Sony? Will VR actually take off this time, or will 2016 bring with it a resurgence of the failed attempt and bombastic rumors that defined the 90’s?

At the very least, Amazon’s recent tidings might serve as a warning for HTC to attempt any future “creative projects” though at this point, anything’s possible.

Are you interested in the HTC Vive? What about the competition? Do you think VR has a real shot this time around and allow users to enter the world of Johnny Mnemonic? Drop us a comment!