HTC employees detained amid trade-secret investigations in Taiwan

The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday reported that HTC employees have been interrogated, with two arrested and detained on allegations that some of the company's trade secrets have been leaked illegally. Engadget says a total of five staff were interrogated, naming Vice President of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D director Wu Chien Hung and design team senior manager Justin Huang, adding that Chien and Wu were detained while the others were released on bail. SMH (via Bloomberg) mentions that a fifth person - an outsider - is also under investigation, although its unclear if this information is up to date. The company... Continue reading

New HTC One Max details arrive, 2.1MP front camera confirmed

What you're looking at, above, could well be an official shot of the HTC One Max, shown next to a regular HTC One (middle) and HTC One Mini (left). We've covered a bit of the HTC One Max so far on Ausdroid, and with it rumoured to be announced at IFA in September (i.e. just around the corner), the rumours have only intensified. GSMArena are reporting leaked specs for this new device, including a magnificent 2.1MP front camera (same as the HTC One), and it will launch on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running Sense UI 5.5. GSMArena is also claiming... Continue reading

Peter Chou said to be HTC’s main problem

It's no secret that HTC is struggling to stay relevant and competitive in the current mobile market. The company recently spent millions getting Robert Downey Jr on board to help spread their name in North America -- the largest mobile market in the world. Whether that move pays off remains to be seen, but it seems the main problem for HTC at the moment is internally, and it starts with CEO, Peter Chou. An HTC insider whom spoke to Reuters said that Chou is the reason HTC don't have a clear path going forward, because his attention to detail and... Continue reading

HTC ‘Zara’ specs and press shot shown off

If you like your phones plastic and mid-range the upcoming HTC 'Zara' is probably right up your alley. @evleaks has posted a picture of the upcoming phone along with the specs. The Zara will come with a 4.5" qHD 960x540 resolution screen, 1.2GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8930 - the same CPU found in such mid-range phones as the HTC One VX, HTC One SV and Samsung Galaxy Express - it will also have 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, 2,150mAh battery, Beats Audio and be arriving in Q4. The most interesting part of the leak is that the phone will come... Continue reading

HTC One Max could come equipped with fingerprint scanner

HTC is yet to formally announce the One Max which means the leaks just keep on coming. This time the leak is from ePrice, and it's a photo of the rear of the One Max alongside the One and One Mini. The interesting thing? That black square below the camera which is rumoured to be a fingerprint scanner. A potential use-case for this could be unlocking the phone using your fingerprint on the back instead of reaching up to the top to hit that badly-positioned power button on such a large device. Other specifications include a 5.9-inch 1920x1080 Full HD... Continue reading

HTC One X seeing Android 4.2.2 update with Sense 5 in Europe

After denying the HTC One S of any further updates just recently, the jewel of the 2012 HTC lineup - the HTC One X - has apparently started receiving an update to Android 4.2.2 in Europe. The update which weighs in at 379.63MB is an update from Android 4.1 to Android 4.2.2 and includes updates to Sense 5. The full list of updates includes : System HTC BlinkFeed New Lock screen stule Widget Power Show battery level in status bar Add sleep mode option in Power settings Notifications Quick Settings panel: 12 default settings by new touch gesture Gallery/Camera AE/AF Lock feature: Lock Exposure/Focus on viewfinder screen Video... Continue reading

First full length Robert Downey Jr HTC Ad goes live

The full two minute long commercial from HTC featuring Robert Downey Jr has gone live, the ad which incorporates the first three videos we've seen so far continues on again giving various remixes of things HTC could possibly stand for. It's quirky and a little over the top, but if you can get through Hipster Troll Carwash without at least a small grin appearing then you're stronger than I. One thing that they've gotten into this full length commercial is an actual product, with the HTC One appearing at various stages throughout. We'll wait and see what else is... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 82 – August 13, 2013

Welcome to the 82nd episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason was joined by Phil and Dan. We spent a little while going over the unfolding ispONE situation which looks like it could affect many Australian prepaid MVNO users, then talked about the LG G2 which Dan and Jason were lucky enough to try out in person last week. We also discussed HTC's (ill advised?) #HTChange campaign, and looked at Huawei's press release about the ABC's lack of Android support for iView. At the chat room's prompting, we also ended up talking very... Continue reading

Robert Downey Jr finally speaks in the HTC #Change ad campaign

Looks like that was Robert Downey Jr getting off the helicopter in the vine video that HTC posted to begin their latest campaign to right their slightly shaky financial ship. The latest ad released in the HTC #Change line is now showing on the HTC YouTube channel and is the third - or fourth if you count Vine - in a series of ads which will use Robert Downey Jr to promote HTCs products and brand. The latest video, which shows Robert Downey Jr finally speaking, shows him apparently guessing the content of an envelope in a very... Continue reading

Report: More $200 smartphone will be sold in 2018 than was in 2012

A report compiled by ABI research, as part of a report into the Mobile Handset Go-to-market Strategies and the Next Generation Mobile Devices forecasts that low cost smartphone shipments to grow from 238 million in 2013 to 758 million by 2018, driven mainly by the low penetration of smartphones and large subscriber bases. Though the research does also states that the "low hanging fruit" for low cost smartphones is to drive smartphone adoption in emerging markets where handset subsidization and disposable income are scarce. Michael Morgan, senior analyst at ABI Research stated that: Despite the low cost moniker, research has... Continue reading

HTC hints at Big Things, could be the One Max

HTC are hinting at something with one of their latest tweets, sent out only a few hours ago Australian time. The tweet which begins with "Big things ahead" contains a Vine video embedded which may actually be their $12 Million Iron Man - Robert Downey Jr. As you can see it's a brief - well 6 seconds - video which basically shows what appears to be Robert Downey Jr as he leaps out of a Helicopter and high fives someone. The video drops a couple of interesting phrases: Here's to change Happy telephone company With the 'Big Things Ahead' tag line, could... Continue reading

HTC One Max caught on camera with 5.9″ display

The HTC One family looks set to get that bigger brother they always wanted, with photos of the HTC One Max leaking out. The Mega-phone/Phablet/Tweener has shown off its 5.9" display in some shots that show the design language of the HTC One will continue into the larger form factor. With the same design, that brings along the same front mounted Boom Sound speakers, the HTC One Max appears to be in the same aluminium body that is encasing the HTC One as well as its smaller brother the HTC One Mini, although it does appear to be missing the... Continue reading

HTC’s profit woes forecast to continue

HTC just can't catch a break lately, despite having one of the standout handsets of 2013 in their arsenal, their revenue and profits continue to tumble quarter over quarter. After a vaguely promising second quarter of 2013 on the back of substantial sales of the HTC One, quarter three of this year is looking to be not as promising according to the latest forecasts from HTC. HTC has advised that their revenue for Q3 will be between USD $1.7 billion and USD $2 billion, missing analysts predictions of USD $2.75 Billion. While, actual profit could fall into the red,... Continue reading