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HTC buys $40m OnLive stake for streaming smartphone gaming

HTC buys $40m OnLive stake for streaming smartphone gaming

HTC has confirmed it will buy a $40m stake in OnLive, the streaming gaming company, the latest in the smartphone manufacturers investments and what looks to be the next step in repositioning as a content provider rather than merely offering hardware. According to HTC reps talking to the WSJ, the deal will "strengthen its gaming capabilities and help HTC tap into increasing demand for games on smartphones."

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HTC invests in digital media delivery specialists Saffron Digital; HTC Sense to get games, music, more?

HTC invests in digital media delivery specialists Saffron Digital; HTC Sense to get games, music, more?

HTC's digital media ambitions continue to progress, with the company picking up investing in digital multimedia delivery specialists Saffron Digital. According to HTC CEO Peter Chou, the "ability to deliver optimised content in the future will be a key asset," and HTC will use the company's skills to "increase our global service delivery capabilities and expertise." The news follows suggestions that HTC saw its Sense experience spreading to the living room and other areas.

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HTC expects more Sense on Windows Phone 7 “over time”

HTC expects more Sense on Windows Phone 7 “over time”

HTC is relying on Microsoft easing its modification limitations for Windows Phone 7 over time, expecting that its Sense interface will be able to gradually inject into the currently locked-down UI and functionality of the new smartphone platform. According to HTC's User Experience chief Drew Bamford, "we have a good relationship with Microsoft so we're continuing to work with them to figure out how to enable a Sense experience without breaking their model" however, HTC's "expectation is that we will be able to do more over time."

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Sense “has escaped the phone” HTC claims: digital home media, 4G video calling & more

Sense “has escaped the phone” HTC claims: digital home media, 4G video calling & more

HTC has been fleshing out some of its ambitions for the HTC Sense system, as the platform continues to develop from a simple smartphone UI to a more comprehensive multimedia system. According to Drew Bamford, HTC's head of User Experience, "Sense has escaped the phone"; he envisages HTC using the platform as a way of "getting cool content onto phones", starting with ebooks as on the European Kobo-powered service, but then potentially extending the company's partnership with Netflix on Windows Phone 7. It's not just on phones, either; HTC is eyeing home electronics too.

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Verizon DROID Incredible HD (aka HTC Mecha) leaks with 4G LTE in tow

Verizon DROID Incredible HD (aka HTC Mecha) leaks with 4G LTE in tow

HTC Mecha seems a pretty good name for an Android smartphone - there's plenty of mech-warrior scope for eye-catching adverts, at least - so it's a shame Verizon will likely be calling this latest leaked device the DROID Incredible HD. Android Central scored an image of the HTC Mecha with Verizon branding and showing what looks to be a 4G logo on-screen; that would certainly suggest that it's among the handful of devices the carrier has promised will launch for its fledgling LTE 4G network.

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