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HTC Desire 526 and 626 head to Verizon Wireless

HTC Desire 526 and 626 head to Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless has announced that it will have a couple new budget smartphone offerings landing online and in stores in the coming weeks. Exactly how many weeks we are talking about before the Desire 626 lands Verizon isn’t saying. The two new smartphones include the HTC Desire 526 and the HTC Desire 626. Both devices are 4G smartphones.

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Nextbit’s “awesome” and “different” smartphone coming Sept. 1

Nextbit’s “awesome” and “different” smartphone coming Sept. 1

As if the smartphone scene wasn't crowded enough, come September 1 a new contender will join the game. Trying to play with the big guys by timing it with the IFA 2015 show, Nextbit will be unveiling its first ever smartphone, moving away from its once purely software business. Heavy on the promies but light on the specifics, Nextbit has a spiel that sounds almost like OnePlus', trying to upset the current ecosystem by putting out a "friggin' awesome" at almost half the price of other awesome smartphones.

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Security issues in some Android handsets leave fingerprints exposed

Security issues in some Android handsets leave fingerprints exposed

A team of researchers with FireEye have discovered a serious security vulnerability in some Android phones involving biometric security. The flaw leaves fingerprints open to hackers by storing them in a "world readable" folder as an image file. Both the HTC One Max and the Samsung Galaxy S5 were cited as vulnerable, but other Android phones from other manufacturers could also be at risk. The HTC One Max was cited as being the most vulnerable, however, storing the fingerprints as unencrypted BMP files that could be read by any unprivileged app or process.

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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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Nextbit: Android 1.0 crew to “reboot” mobile with new smartphone

Nextbit: Android 1.0 crew to “reboot” mobile with new smartphone

The software group known as Nextbit is turning into a smartphone company. With this change, they suggest that in today's mobile industry, "it's time for a reboot." They're planning on making a splash with executives from the original Android 1.0 team as well as a designer from HTC's "heyday." That's now-VP of Product Scott Croyle, a fellow who today suggests he's "really excited to work on a phone that 'feels" different from anything else out there. Whether or not that means it'll be made of odd materials, we'll just have to see.

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Want an even more premium HTC One M9? Try Goldgenie

Want an even more premium HTC One M9? Try Goldgenie

HTC would try to remind you every chance it gets about how the One M9 was meticulously designed and crafted like a premium watch, with an attention to detail and materials like no other. Almost to the point that they may have forgotten that they're trying to make a 2015 flagship. For some, however, especially die hard HTC fans, that just isn't enough. Fortunately for them, Goldgenie is once again ready to take your money in exchange for one of three exquisitely designed gold, or platinum, HTC One M9.

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HTC Grip shelved as HTC rethinks wearable plans

HTC Grip shelved as HTC rethinks wearable plans

If you were eager to strap the much-awaited HTC Grip fitness band to your wrist, prepare for disappointment, as the wearable has been put on ice. Announced back at Mobile World Congress in March, the Grip was to be the first fruits of HTC's new collaboration with Under Armour, collecting health stats and serving them up through a monochrome touchscreen. However, HTC now says, "extensive wear testing and user feedback" has forced a rethink.

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HTC One M9 confirmed to already use Snapdragon 810 v2.1

HTC One M9 confirmed to already use Snapdragon 810 v2.1

There just seem to be no end to the controversy that looms over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 like the sword of Damocles. Varying reports, varying experiences, and varying OEM support all cast a cloud of doubt over the chip. Supposedly, salvation would come from a certain version 2.1 of the embattled processor, but now it seems that even that is for naught. HTC's own Jeff Gordon publicly reveals that the One M9 already runs on v2.1, which, sadly, only reaffirms suspicions that the SD810 is a lost cause.

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The HTC One M9+ is headed to Europe

The HTC One M9+ is headed to Europe

HTC wowed us back in April with the One M9+, only to leave us disappointed once more that the 5.2-inch 2K resolution Android phone would be Asia-only. Now comes the welcome news that the One M9+ is getting a wider release, bringing its 20-megapixel Duo Camera, fingerprint sensor, dual-metal body, and Mediatek Octacore processor to Europe.

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