In October 2013, HTC teased plans to reverse its fortunes by introducing a wearable device, among other products. Speaking with Bloomberg in an interview, the company's Chairman Cher Wang provided a bit of an update on this, saying it will launch a wearable device of some sorts by this upcoming Christmas, something that will be joined by an updated One and marketing revamp.
Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone platform to gain market share over the holiday period, research indicates, though the competitive tablet segment saw greater interest in Amazon's Kindle Fire and Microsoft's Surface as overall iPad share dropped. Users of iPhones over the holidays, as measured by active web use by Chitika, rose 1.8-percent to 54.3-percent of the North American market, it's reported, while Motorola, HTC, LG, and Samsung share all dropped.
Over the past several weeks we've gone through a surprisingly simple process with the folks at WOODCHUCK with some premium customized wooden bits for some of our favorite devices. What you're going to see here is a set of three cases from WOODCHUCK from their "Customize Your Case" series of wood designs.
Google appears to be getting serious about putting the whole modern device lineup on their newest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system software update here just days after the system was revealed in full. While you'll be able to pick up the LG-made Google Nexus 5 right this minute, each of the four major US-based manufacturers of smartphones have sounded off on when they'll be pushing the Android 4.4 KitKat update to their newest and most popular machines.
Amazon and HTC are partnering on the rumored "Kindle smartphone", a new report suggests, with the struggling phone manufacturer in talks around building as many as three handsets for the retail behemoth. Of the trio of unnamed devices, one is "at an advanced stage of development" - potential the device believed to be codenamed "Smith" - the FT [registration required] reports, though is still unlikely to launch until 2014 assuming Amazon sticks with its current roadmap.
When it comes to patents, it seems there is always one big tech company suing another, claiming violation and damages over the use of technology that is in some way infringing. One such recent lawsuit came from Nokia over rival HTC, which filed a patent suit against the company claiming some of its smartphones and tablets were infringing, something a preliminary ruling has agreed with.
The first thing you're going to need to understand about the tablet called NVIDIA Tegra Note is that it's not going to be released like SHIELD - it's headed to market like an NVIDIA graphics card would. This tablet will be brought to market by hardware hard-hitters like EVGA and PYN Technologies, taking Project KAI to a proverbial new level with what NVIDIA describes as a "complete platform" rather than "just the hardware" as the original Nexus 7 was (essentially). And we've seen this device before, in an early teaser at Computex - we spotted you, you sneaky beast!
Though it's not immediately clear what Microsoft and HTC are doing with the devices they're taking in trade, they've both made clear this week that they're not about to let Apple have all the fun with an upgrade program for devices. Microsoft has launched a program specific to iPads and their own Surface tablets this week, noting that they'll be giving at least $199 for any iPad that's in generally OK working condition - in store credit, of course. Meanwhile HTC is accepting basically any smartphone you could possibly have, but are (starting this week as well), making sure their trade-in program centers on the iPhone and their own HTC One.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 isn't the only pen-enabled announcement the company has today: there's also an update on its tablet-scale model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Fronted by a 2560 x 1600 LCD and packing 3GB of RAM, Android 4.3, and optional LTE, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition also gets all of Samsung's new S Pen functionality. We caught up with Samsung for an early play with the new slate; read on for our first impressions.