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HTC One A9 vs iPhone, a brief history

HTC One A9 vs iPhone, a brief history

At the launch of the HTC One A9, it was suggested that this newest HTC smartphone looked a whole lot like the most recent design for the iPhone. At the release of the iPhone 6, the same was said about Apple's design looking very similar to the then-most-recent HTC smartphone release. At this crossroads of confusion, today we're having a look at a brief history of smartphone releases from both companies, as captured over the last several years. Is it one company, or the other, or are we steadily heading toward smartphone design singularity?

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Is phone thickness more important than battery life? [POLL]

Is phone thickness more important than battery life? [POLL]

Upon seeing the device HTC One A9 and finding that it has a battery a tiny bit smaller than expected, we got to thinking. At what price do we get a great design for a smartphone? Has it become more important to us to have a device that looks great than to have a device whose battery is large enough to last well through the day? We've not yet tested the HTC One A9 yet, of course, so we don't know how long it'll last on one charge, but the question remains: are we still sacrificing some features in order to attain others?

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HTC One A9 Unlocked promises 15-day “Nexus” upgrade cycle

HTC One A9 Unlocked promises 15-day “Nexus” upgrade cycle

Today HTC has promised that their newest device, the HTC One A9, will have updates within 15 days of Google's own Nexus devices. HTC's exact wording - via tweet, was as follows: "The One A9 unlocked edition will provide every software update within 15 days of Google's first push to Nexus." We must hypothesize that this means that HTC has successfully detached their own software from the base build of Android enough that they're able to upgrade the innards without having to mess with their own code abundantly - that's what'd slow them (or any other manufacturer) down otherwise.

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HTC One A9 specs revealed in full: battle ready, but not for top-brass

HTC One A9 specs revealed in full: battle ready, but not for top-brass

This morning we're getting up close and personal with the HTC One A9, the newest smartphone from the creator of the HTC One and HTC Desire series. This device works with a new design, appearing to bring convergence between the two series of smartphones, working with the rounded edges of the Desire collection and the metal of the HTC One from the past several generations. This device works with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and a 5-inch 1080p display - so you know it's not meant to compete directly with the biggest and best smartphones on the market.

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HTC’s upcoming One hero phone launches October 20

HTC’s upcoming One hero phone launches October 20

HTC has fired out an invitation for its upcoming One hero phone, which it will be launching on October 20. This will be the maker's first One smartphone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow; the unveiling will be done via a livestream over on HTC's "Launch" site. The invite and website provide precious few details -- just that you'll need to tune in at noon EST to find out for yourself.

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HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera Edition detailed with 3x kinds of AF

HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera Edition detailed with 3x kinds of AF

Smartphone maker HTC reveals the HTC One M9+ Supreme Camera Edition with three forms of autofocus in a feature called "3-in-1 fusion focus". This system replaces the secondary camera present on the last couple HTC One releases with a laser autofocus. This device also has phase detection and traditional autofocus, as well as optical image stabilization (OIS). This is all coupled with a dual-LED flash and a 21-megapixel camera at its back. Other than its camera, this device is largely the same as the HTC One M9+ as previously revealed.

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HTC One Marshmallow update coming to M9, M8, not M7

HTC One Marshmallow update coming to M9, M8, not M7

A "preliminary" list of HTC devices is shared by an inside source with knowledge of the company's plans to update to Android Marshmallow. The list includes devices that will have updates to Android Marshmallow and HTC's Sense version 7. This includes the HTC One M9 and HTC One M8, of course, but does not include the HTC One M7. Also included are a wide variety of "M" devices, "E" devices, and Butterfly 2 and 3. This list, being preliminary, may be a bit deceiving for some devices that do not have enough base storage for Marshmallow in the first place.

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HTC One A9: new leaked photo reveals hardware specs

HTC One A9: new leaked photo reveals hardware specs

It seems the upcoming HTC One A9, also known as the HTC Aero, is the latest Android headset to see rampant leaks just prior to announcement. Just yesterday we saw a somewhat blurry image of the of the front of the device, complete with white casing and semi-curved screen edges. A new photo, however, has surfaced, not only revealing a black device, but also some of the hardware specs displayed on the screen.

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Is this “HTC One Plus” really such an iPhone clone?

Is this “HTC One Plus” really such an iPhone clone?

A set of photos suggests that HTC's next flagship smartphone may be extremely similar to the iPhone 6 Plus. Today we're going to take a quick look at how it's not just this leaked HTC device that looks like the iPhone, it's the iPhone that looks like the first "HTC One", and the Galaxy S6 looks like the iPhone 6, and the Xperia Z series looks like it had Samsung designers on staff - and any number of comparisons that, in the end, point toward the same conclusion: we're headed toward a smartphone design singularity.

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HTC seems unable to decide what’s best for itself

HTC seems unable to decide what’s best for itself

HTC has reported that it's newest strategy for growth is discontinuing models to focus on high-end devices like the HTC One M9. They've also suggested this week that they'll be cutting a "significant" number of jobs in light of recent financial results. There's no sugar-coating the fact that HTC isn't doing as well as they did in their smartphone-selling hayday, but in light of their recent success in the high-end segments of markets like India, they're going the one-way route.

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HTC sending One users ads disguised as notifications

HTC sending One users ads disguised as notifications

Advertising on the internet is commonly accepted these days, as is ads in things like magazines. But receiving ads on a smartphone, and one that's been fully paid for? Now that's bound to push a few people's buttons. Unfortunately, it's exactly what HTC has done recently, pushing an advertisement in the form of a notification to its One M9, M8, and M7 model phones. To be clear, HTC has never offered its One handset with a price subsidized by ads, similar to Amazon's cheapest Kindle model, thus users are not happy about it.

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HTC tempts owner fury with ads in BlinkFeed

HTC tempts owner fury with ads in BlinkFeed

HTC will be injecting adverts into its BlinkFeed Android news reader, part of a pilot program to see if it can squeeze a little extra revenue from users. BlinkFeed, launched on the original HTC One M7, occupies a dedicated homescreen pane and delivers a combination of news headlines and social media updates, but now a select few HTC owners will begin to see promotional content in there too.

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