HTC Sense

HTC Sense updated: High-res display support, more

HTC Sense updated: High-res display support, more

HTC has announced a new version of HTC Sense for superphones, with portrait and landscape orientation support, and specially coded for high-resolution displays like the 1024 x 600 panel on the HTC Flyer. It's part of what CEO Peter Chou describes as a transition in the mobile market to expected smartphone features: "nice-to-have has turned into must-have" he suggested at the tablet's launch.

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HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Facebook Phones debut

HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Facebook Phones debut

HTC has announced a pair of Facebook phones at MWC 2011, two affordable Android devices with a focus on social networking. The first of the pair is the HTC ChaCha, a physical QWERTY handset paired with a 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, followed by the HTC Salsa, an all-touch version with a 3.4-inch touchscreen. Both the ChaCha and Salsa have a dedicated Facebook button, hard-coded to instantly share content like photos, music links or Facebook Places location links.

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HTC Desire S official

HTC Desire S official

HTC has announced the HTC Desire S, the successor to its wildly popular Desire smartphone. Set to go on sale in mid-Q2, the Desire S keeps the 1GHz processor of the original - now Qualcomm's single-core Snapdragon MSM8255 - and 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, but adopts HTC's unibody styling and gets Android 2.4 Gingerbread.

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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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