HTC M8 to be HTC’s 2014 flagship, One to be updated first

HTC appear, by many accounts, to be on to a good thing with the HTC One launched earlier this year, but it hasn't been quite enough to turn around their financial woes. This isn't stopping HTC from innovating and continuing to battle on, however. Pocket-lint is reporting this morning that not only is HTC working on an updated HTC One handset for release later this year, but it's already well into the development of the One's successor, codenamed the M8. What we know about... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 76 – July 9, 2013

Welcome to the 76nd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week we spent a while discussing the looming launch of the Huawei Ascend P6 in Australia, the LG Optimus G2 abroad and Optimus F5 here, HTC's trials, tribulations and software updates. That was all a bit of a sideshow to get us to a discussion of Android's recent security vulnerability issues - are you a member of the 99%? Featuring: Jason Murray, Scott Plowman and Dan Tyson. Topics: Huawei: Ascend P6 Australian Launch Information HTC One update to Android 4.2.2 rolling out internationallt HTC profits hit the floor Continue reading

HTC Australia using Shazam to give away a HTC One

If you really love the look of the new HTC One but can't quite afford it, then HTC Australia is giving you the chance to win one by using Shazam on their commercial. If you're quick you can load up Shazam on your phone and use it to scan the commercial while it's playing on TV and get the URL to enter your details or, if you're like me, you're way too slow so you'll want this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZPrjRKeglw&feature=youtu.be When you Shazam the commercial, Shazam will interpret the commercial to give you a couple of URLs : Clicking on the... Continue reading

HTC’s financial results for second quarter 2013 aren’t pretty, profit down 83% from last year

HTC have released their second quarter results from 2013, and things aren't looking great, but it could have been much, much worse. HTC have reported a profit of AUD $44 million after tax from revenue of AUD $2.57 billion. This news is much better than last quarter in which HTC reported profit of $2.7 million from revenue of $1.58 billion. The better results from the second quarter are due to the release of the HTC One to more markets and more availability of the device after delays in manufacturing in the first quarter. But while the results are better than... Continue reading

Telstra partners with Samsung and HTC to introduce new customers to Android

Telstra have a world first on their hands, Android in Retail, which is an augmented reality setup in their retail stores which they've developed in partnership with Samsung and HTC. The augmented reality setup gives the potential client "super enhanced" 3D interactive graphics and animation to enable customers to learn about Android and the ecosystem. It's an interesting approach Telstra have taken in getting customers hands on with Android devices, teaching them how to use their devices and some of the advantages of the platform. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vhkZUaa4mk Have you had a look at Android in retail? Let us know your experience... Continue reading

HTC: No Android 4.2.2 or Sense 5 Update for the HTC One S

The HTC One S, the micro-arc oxidised phone that played second fiddle to the HTC One X and One XL last year, has been confirmed by HTC as not being on the list to receive an update from Android 4.1.1 to Android 4.2.2. That means no Sense 5 update or any of the associated goodies that come with it. The full quote from HTC reads We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. We realize this news will be met... Continue reading

Android 4.2.2 update rolling out in Taiwan for the International unlocked HTC One

Android 4.2.2 is apparently rolling out to the single SIM version of the HTC One in HTCs home country of Taiwan as an Over The Air updated, after reports of the 4.2.2 update began circulating that the Dual-SIM HTC One was receiving the update a couple of days ago. The 465MB update is hitting the international version of the HTC One and according to the people who've received the update it brings about a slew of new updates. The image below from Android Central shows the list of updates included, which address things such as the menu bar as... Continue reading

HTC One Glamour Red announced

HTC has announced today, their award-winning HTC One will be released in a new colour variant, come mid-July. For now, "Glamour Red" HTC One handsets will be sold exclusively through Phones 4U in the UK from next month. Further details about international availability should appear over the next few weeks. Philip Blair, President of EMEA, HTC commented "The new HTC One in Glamour Red showcases the power of our flagship model in a colour that demands attention, whilst maintaining the high standards set for sophisticated design and build quality." While it is said that red goes faster, the... Continue reading

Google Edition phone leaks – Boot Animation, Wallpapers and Kernel Source

Now that the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One are on-sale and also in the hands of some of the US Tech sites, bits and pieces from the phones are starting to leak out and Google has also joined in by officially releasing the Kernel source for both devices. Over on the Android Building Group, Jean-Baptiste M. "JBQ" Queru,Technical Lead, Android Open Source Project, has linked to the GPL files for the initial factory state of the Google Play edition devices. The files are actually mirrors, with the HTC One source also available on HTC Dev... Continue reading

Google launches HTC One and Galaxy S4 ‘Google Editions’ in US Play Store

Google has put the HTC One and Samsung 'Google Edition' phones on-sale in the Play Store as an exclusive for the US. Orders are being taken now and the phones will begin shipping on July 9th. The 32GB HTC One is available for $599, while the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 is selling for $649. Unfortunately for Australians looking to import the phones, neither 'Google Edition' phone is compatible with Australian LTE Networks. The HTC One is listed as running '4G LTE (700 MHz, AWS)' while the Samsung Galaxy S4 is listed with '4G LTE (700, 850, AWS,... Continue reading

Peter Chou shows confidence in HTC; expects 15% market share

The last couple of years have been pretty hard on HTC. After reporting growth for nearly two straight years, Q1 2013 was the worst the company has ever had, managing to net only US$2.8 million. Credit to HTC CEO Peter Chou though, even though HTC's stock price has dropped 80% over the past 18 months, he has seemingly never lost faith in his company, even reportedly staking his job on his company's sales. The HTC One has done a lot to regain confidence in the Taiwanese... Continue reading

HTC <3 Robert Downey Jr?

According to Bloomberg, Robert Downey Jr - star of Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes - is said to have accepted a two-year marketing deal with HTC, said to be worth a cool $12 million dollars. Bloomberg's source says that the deal doesn't just include on-screen commercial appearances - HTC will employ the actor to have the final say over the design of all HTC products, as well as the expected duties of being the face of HTC through various advertising platforms. HTC has had a pretty average year of sales so far, with only 5 million units sold... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 73 – June 18, 2013

This is the 73st episode of the Ausdroid podcast. After taking a week off, this week we spent a while looking at the new products that have been announced (or in some cases, rumoured) by Samsung, HTC and Motorola. Production Note: We've had some issues with our audio recording again, and have had to use the Hangout audio recording instead - sorry! Featuring: Jason Murray, Scott Plowman and Geoff Fieldew. Topics: Samsung - Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy NX, Galaxy Mega HTC - One Mini, Butterfly S, Desire 200 Motorola - X Phone Google - Nexus 7 2.0 Apps: Jason:... Continue reading