HTC’s rumoured Amazon phone won’t be public release

Recently rumours have come to light that HTC are in negotiation with Amazon to manufacture a smartphone for the distribution giant, perhaps as part of their hail Mary strategy to get out of their seemingly perpetual slide into obscurity they're clutching at any available opportunity to inject some cash flow into the company. While the official decision is yet to be made and Amazon are yet to confirm that they have made a deal and are in fact working on a smartphone with HTC, the rumours are now changing shape slightly to suggest the... Continue reading

HTC comments on security arrangements surrounding fingerprints in the HTC One Max

With the modern day spectre of PRSIM and the potential for NSA spying, the potential to have your fingerprints mis-appropriated albeit even accidentally is something that the every day person must think about and the same goes for HTC with the launch of their fingerprint scanner enabled HTC One Max. When Apple launched their iPhone 5s, they went to lengths to ensure that customers were aware that their fingerprints were not being stored online where a potential NSA collection could be on the cards and HTC appears to be doing the same thing with the HTC One Max. PhoneArena... Continue reading

Hands-on with the HTC One Max

HTC launched the One's big brother - the One Max - today. We've been lucky enough to spend a bit of hands-on time with the device this afternoon. Physically, the One Max is an imposing device. Owing to its 5.9 inch screen with physical buttons and BoomSound speakers above/below, it's about one and a half wallets tall and has quite a heft to it. The added weight is perhaps the price of using the metal parts for which HTC's range has been so well known this year. The One Max borrows more from the One Mini... Continue reading

HTC One Max headed for Optus

The recently launched HTC One Max looks like it will be coming to Optus, if their Google+ page is a good indicator. Optus has just posted a mini review of the One Max, indicating that an announcement for stocking the phone is looming. Optus linked on their Google+ page to a US site for the mini review, and not an Australian android news site, that had the information about the HTC One Max hours before. The main specs for the One Max are: 5.9" Full HD display Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 at 1.7GHz Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5 16 or 32GB... Continue reading

HTC Desire 601 coming exclusively to Vodafone

The Desire brand is officially back in Australia with Vodafone announcing today that the HTC Desire 601 is now available exclusively through them. The Desire 601 is a mid-range LTE phone with a 4.5" qHD 540x960 resolution screen and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. General Manager of Devices, Katie Turkal, says: If you want an affordable 4G phone with an advanced camera, great sound and loads of other great features, this is definitely a device you should check out. HTC makes fantastic phones and the Desire 601 is no exception. We are pleased to be able to offer it exclusively to... Continue reading

HTC releases a first look at the One Max [video]

HTC has released a video to accompany the launch of the One Max. The production highlights many features of the One Max, including its aluminium body, large 5.9" Full HD screen and BoomSound stereo speakers. The "swipe finger down" fingerprint scanner is demonstrated, as is the new Sense 5.5 user interface with BlinkFeed home screen (on which you'll find some of our content). HTC's famous UltraPixel camera also gets a look in on the video, showing off its Sweep Panorama and dual capture video recording features as well as HTC's innovative Zoe gallery. The... Continue reading

HTC One Max launched

The much leaked HTC One Max has officially been launched. The One Max will be available in the UK before the end of this week, with an international roll out to follow with firm dates yet to be released. The One Max features a Full HD 5.9" screen, Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.7 GHz, 16 or 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM.  It has expandable memory via microSD card of up to 64GB and a 3300mAh battery. It will be running Android 4.3 and have the new Sense 5.5 user interface. The rear of the phone has... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 89 – October 8, 2013

Welcome to the 89th pisode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason and Geoff were joined by Terence Huynh of TechGeek to discuss the Android news and events of the last couple of weeks. Topics: Sony Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and QX lens-style cameras At Home with Google Samsung Region Locking Samsung Benchmark Controversy Samsung Galaxy Gear EB Games Expo Nvidia Shield Hands-on Nexus 5 leaks and rumours HTC news - One Max, Financial results Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes Get in contact with us via our Podcast Email,... Continue reading

Rumour: HTC talking to Lenovo about a potential acquisition of the company

HTC's woes continue, they've posted multiple consecutive quarters of negative growth culminating in selling their share of Beats Audio back to the Beat company for a much needed cash injection and ultimately posting a 101 Million Dollar operating loss last quarter. Rumours are emerging that the Taiwanese manufacturer have been in secret talks with Lenovo for some time (several months at least) about the possibility of Lenovo acquiring the brand HTC. There's nothing official from either company suggesting that the talks have occurred and an acquisition of this scale is going to run... Continue reading

HTC One Max hinted at in October 18th Launch invite

The HTC One Max has been rumoured for a fairly long time and invites are now being sent out for an event to be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan - HTC's home turf - on October 18th at 6pm local time at least according to Engadget, who reportedly have been invited along. With the invite containing the words: One finger opens up a big view You are invited to immerse in the sound with us The inference from these phrases is on a HTC One Max with the famous BoomSound as well as a Fingerprint scanner which has been rumoured to be part of... Continue reading

Microsoft reportedly trying to get HTC to dual-boot Windows on its Android phones

A long time ago - before HTC got themselves into all sorts of financial problems, before UltraPixels, before Nokia and Microsoft got into bed together - HTC was a key partner in Microsoft's mobile strategy. The Taiwanese manufacturer once made a lot of money manufacturing Windows Mobiles for other companies before they started trying to establish a brand with iconic handsets like the HD2, which to this day refuses to die. But when the iPhone happened, people lost interest in Windows Mobile. So HTC teamed up with Google to build... Continue reading

HTC announces $101 million operating loss

Despite the popularity of the HTC One, it seems HTC are having a hard time saving their sinking ship. For the first time in the company's history, HTC's unaudited consolidated financial statements for Q3 2013 are showing an operating loss of NT$2.97 billion after tax, which works out to be about US$101 million. I don't know a lot about accounting, but this doesn't seem like good news for the struggling Taiwanese company. Breaking the announcement down: Total revenues were NT$47.05 billion (US$1.6 billion) Operating loss before tax was NT$3.5 billion (US$119.4 million) Net loss after tax was NT$2.97 billion (US$101.3 million) Unaudited earnings... Continue reading