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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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HTC One A9 leaked image shows smartphone clad in white

HTC One A9 leaked image shows smartphone clad in white

HTC smartphone fans on the lookout for a new smartphone might want to keep an eye out for details on the HTC One A9 also known as the HTC Aero. There have been several leaks about the device lately and the latest leak shows us a blurry picture of what the smartphone looks like clad in white. As always, a grain of salt is needed with any leak.

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HTC teasing a Sept. 6 event, could be “hero product”

HTC teasing a Sept. 6 event, could be “hero product”

LG, Motorola, Samsung, and now Sony. We've so far heard from the big names in the smartphone market what their 2015 strategy will be. Well, perhaps except for LG who might still have one card to show. That leaves HTC, whose One M9 was supposed to be its 2015 forerunner but was met with almost universal criticism, if not disinterest. Newly minted CEO Cher Wang promised last June that a new "hero product" will be coming to fix that, and it may very well be announced on September 6.

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HTC Vive VR headset delayed until Q1 2016

HTC Vive VR headset delayed until Q1 2016

HTC and Valve teamed up on a cool looking virtual reality headset called the HTC Vive that we spent some hands on time with back in March. If you were looking forward to getting your hands on the Vive this year, some bad news has surfaced from HTC and Valve this week. The Vive has been delayed with initial shipments of the device being very limited.

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HTC O2 smartphone rumors hinting at Snapdragon 820

HTC O2 smartphone rumors hinting at Snapdragon 820

HTC is having a very hard time on the market right now. Its current high-end smartphone, the HTC One M9 has proven to be unpopular with buyers sending HTC stock plummeting. The poor showing for the new M9 led HTC to a Q2 loss, breaking a string of profits spanning the previous four quarters.

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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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