Just as they have apparently tapped HTC for the dual-boot option for Android phones with Windows Phone 8, it's become apparent today that Microsoft may have asked Samsung and Huawei to do the same. Microsoft was tipped this past week to have suggested HTC make a selection of devices that boot to Windows Phone 8 as well as their basic Android mobile OS to increase the likelihood that a user would find Windows Phone appealing. If Microsoft does indeed get their way with the likes of HTC and Samsung as well, we may see Windows Phone 8.1 working on the HTC One Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Active.
The next phablet from HTC will be the HTC One Max. A few days ago, we mentioned that the Global Certification Form had approved the device meaning launch was imminent. We didn't know at the time was a firm date for when the smartphone will be unveiled. That firm launch date has now been tipped.
HTC has announced that it has launched a version of its HTC One smartphone in the UK plated in 18 karat gold on the outside. The phone is officially called the Gold HTC One and was produced to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the MOBO Awards. Only five of these goldplated smartphones exist.
Two flagship Android phones on AT&T are in line for some software attention, beginning with the carrier pushing out the camera and touchless controls update to the Moto X from today. The firmware, which was released to T-Mobile Moto X owners back in September, improves auto-white balance and color accuracy, as well as exposure particularly in low-light situations. Meanwhile, there's a much-anticipated update to the HTC One on AT&T's horizon, too.
Rumors continue to suggest that the HTC One Max smartphone will be unveiled on October 17. Ahead of that rumored launch, new details have surfaced about the smartphone. This isn't the first time details and specifications for the smartphone have been leaked, another rumor suggested the One Max will launch in China first. Some new leaked photos and details have turned up in China.
HTC has been fighting to help improve its sales in the smartphone market. The company has seen profits shrink along with its market share and it is now forced to work with QUALCOMM on redesigning a chip inside of its flagship HTC One to avoid an import ban. The redesign comes after smartphone rival Nokia won a preliminary ruling in court in the US.
As the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 appears on US-shores we've seen talk of not quite on-the-level benchmark boosting by the likes of what, at first, would seem to be the manufacturer of the smartphone. This report originates with Ars Technica where they suggest that the smoking gun is the fact that this smartphone brings up four full-powered CPU cores whenever it's asked to open any one of several big-name benchmarking apps. What we've found is that this situation is not - by any means - limited to Samsung's hardware.
We're big fans of leaked smartphone photographs around here and today a new leak has surfaced showing off an unannounced HTC smartphone. The photographs aren't of the complete device itself, but rather the photos are of the front panel for the HTC Butterfly 2. The original HTC Butterfly launched last year and sold as the Droid DNA in the US.
The HTC One Max has cropped up in a myriad of leaks, with things ranging from user interface to design to hardware and back all being leaked in an assortment of speculations. Now word has surfaced via Chinese website ePrice that the handset will be unveiled on October 17th, leaving us with a bit over two weeks of waiting before the official details are dished out.