It’s nearly time for the next HTC One to be released in a reboot only 2014 could handle, and the device has hit the FCC. This device will be released to AT&T at least, as this listing suggests, but we’d eat our collective hats if it wasn’t released to the rest of the major USA-based carriers this year as well.
Today we’re getting a glimpse of what will (essentially) be the final construct of the next HTC One. While we’re not entirely sure about the name just yet - HTC One 2 is a placeholder - there’s a fellow by the name of "hamdir" that’s done an amazing amount of work mocking up a device that looks entirely real. Based on what we know so far - or think we know - the device you see before you is a dead ringer for the second edition of the HTC One.
This week the folks behind HTC’s promotional distribution have made clear their intent on pushing their next-generation hero phone later in the month of March. While it was widely expected that HTC would make the same move as last year with the HTC One, releasing their device immediately before and during Mobile World Congress, it would appear that HTC and Samsung have switched places.
HTC has launched a new program, HTC Advantage, to try to persuade One-series smartphone buyers that they're backing the right horse, with the promise of free cracked-screen repairs and timely Android updates. The new "ownership experience" will give any HTC One, HTC One mini, or HTC One max buyer in the US six months of cover should they crack or smash their Android smartphone's screen, in addition to a chunk of online storage for backup.
Ramping up on the release of HTC’s next hero smartphone this week we’re being treated to one of the first up-close photos of what’s code-named M8, or what we’re calling HTC One 2. Not that the device will be called "HTC One 2" - that might just be too silly - but this device certainly does look like a direct successor to the original from last year. This device comes on with a body that’s clearly from the same design school of thought, ramping up abilities with a larger display for starters.
UPDATE: You'll want to take these images with more than just the normal dosage of salt - we're to understand from some well-placed sources that these aren't especially on-the-level. Keep that in mind whilst browsing!
This afternoon the folks at HTC have let it be known that their original 90-day window for the full update of the HTC One to Android 4.4 KitKat will be missed - if only by a bit. They've suggested that, although they've already (effectively) done their part in actually shipping the software to the carriers in the USA in question, the certification process each of these brands go through after the fact may miss the 90-day window. That goes for AT&T, Spring, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA.
Following the case leak that took place yesterday, an additional source has cropped up with information on the next iteration of the HTC One, the "M8". Reportedly, the upcoming handset will be released this March, the specific date though unknown, and will bring with it, among other things, a twin-sensor camera on the back.
With the release of the HTC One Max, we saw the company move forward with fingerprint recognition on a pad that sat under the device’s back-facing camera. Here in some of the first images of what’s being shared as cases for the M8 (the next HTC One), it looks like HTC is keeping the ball rolling. This case suggests that we will, indeed, be working with a 5-inch display, but this time with a slightly more rounded-off body, as well.
According to the UK office of HTC, the more powerful of the two USA-based HTC One X devices will no longer be receiving Android updates of any kind. This is the HTC One X+, a device which works with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, one available from AT&T, one which will not be seeing KitKat. This comes after a short rumor period in which it was affirmed that HTC’s One X+ would be getting this update - now HTC confirms that this is not true.
It’s time to get up close and personal with the full collection of HTC One devices - and not just the different sizes. Here we’ve gotten the opportunity at CES 2014 to have a peek at (nearly) the entire set of HTC One color models save one: there’s a slightly different shade of Blue out there that we’ve only ever seen overseas. Here we’ve got gold vs gold, too - that’s 24kt gold vs the Amber Gold that’s coming to the UK imminently.