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HTC not upgrading One M7 to Android 5.1, and owners are mad

HTC not upgrading One M7 to Android 5.1, and owners are mad

Today, HTC confirmed what many One M7 owners had been dreading. At two years old, the One M7 won’t see the Android 5.1 update, which is being built for their One M8 and One M9 smartphones. The reason for this shunning is likely HTC’s Sense Android overlay. HTC says the One M7 with Sense won’t see the Android 5.1 update, but the Google Play Edition of the same handset will. This split decision has not left many users happy, either.

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HTC One M9 will be available starting April 10

HTC One M9 will be available starting April 10

April 10. that’s the day you can snap up an HTC One M9. Where? We don’t know. During their special announcement today, HTC said the new flagship would be available on that day, but said they were working with carriers to get the handset out into the wild. HTC wasn’t clear on which carriers would come first, but we could see that announcement come a bit later today, as T-Mobile has an announcement set for 10am PST. If you’re not interested in a One M9, HTC still has good news for you.

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HTC’s ‘UH OH’ plan offers 12 months protection for your One M9

HTC’s ‘UH OH’ plan offers 12 months protection for your One M9

Your response when dropping a phone might be “uh-oh”. You might have the same reaction when you see a glass of water tipping over on your device, especially if you just saw an important message pop up. We rely on our smartphones to keep us connected everywhere, so damage is a big deal. Today, HTC is announcing “UH OH”, their replacement scheme for your new HTC One M9. Like their legacy plan for the One M8 (Advantage), this one potentially replaces your One if it’s damaged.

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HTC has big announcement coming for One M9

HTC has big announcement coming for One M9

When T-Mobile sent out invitations for their next ‘uncarrier’ event, the mysterious language of the email blast got us thinking. Only telling us it was “a real piece of work”, we were left wondering what was going on. The company has given us plenty to be excited about with previous events, so we are expecting something impressive this time around as well. A tweet from HTC America chief Jason Mackenzie might have just tipped T-Mobile’s hat, though, saying there would also be news on the HTC One M9 this Wednesday.

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HTC One E9 leaks suggest it’s no M9 ripoff

HTC One E9 leaks suggest it’s no M9 ripoff

When the HTC One M8 was launched, the company quickly pivoted their efforts to the mid-range market with the One E8. A plastic take on HTC’s metal flagship, the One E8 was basically a bargain One M8. It seems as though HTC is at it again, but is instead moving to branch the ‘One E’ family out. Pictures of a leaked HTC device, dubbed the One E9, have been making the rounds, along with some specs. This is no One M9 ripoff, though.

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HTC One M9 release date leaked along with new pricing

HTC One M9 release date leaked along with new pricing

Just after HTC announced the One M9, a contest gave us a bit of info about what the device might cost. At the time, we cautioned that the listed price might simply be placeholder pricing, there to make the contest official. We may have been right, too. A listing for the One M9 has been discovered via an electronics retailers’ website, and gives a price tag of $649 for the HTC One M9. That’s a solid $50 more than what we heard last time.

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MWC 2015 round-up; Samsung, HTC lead the way

MWC 2015 round-up; Samsung, HTC lead the way

Though we weren’t expecting a whole lot, Mobile World Congress was actually rather delightful this year. We got exactly what we came for, and even some additional surprises from top OEMs and others. There were some obvious highlights, like the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but some other highlights like Jolla’s new tablet. HTC brought out their new smartphone for us to check out, but also slapped a fitness band on our wrist and VR headset on our face. But that wasn’t all! Here are some of our highlights from MWC 2015.

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Pricing for One M9, Galaxy S6 leaked via promos

Pricing for One M9, Galaxy S6 leaked via promos

MWC brought some cool new smartphones. Just as we thought they might, both Samsung and HTC updated their flagship devices, rolling in the Galaxy S6 (and S6 edge) and One M9, respectively. We’re not ready to call either champions until we get some extended hands-on time with them, but that won’t stop the excitable from grabbing one as quickly as they can. Neither company was willing to talk pricing, but that won’t stop the Internet! A few clues have already been found, suggesting pricing is right where we thought it might be.

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HTC Vive hands-on: That Valve VR wow-factor

HTC Vive hands-on: That Valve VR wow-factor

I’m going to be blunt with you, words can’t do justice to the experience of using HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset. There’s nothing quite like slipping into a virtual 3D world, as I did this week in a preview of Vive ahead of developer units shipping this spring. Cloistered in a room at the back of HTC’s Mobile World Congress stand, and with the reassuring voice of a Vive engineer whispering in my ear, I got to try out a number of demo apps and environments created for the platform by Valve and others, including the first announced title for SteamVR.

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