This month the HTC One family will be upgraded to HTC’s own Sense 6.0. This is a software suite that will upgrade what you see and how you interact with your smartphone on a day-to-day basis. Unless you’re working with an HTC One (M8) or a hacked, ROM’ed device today, you’ll likely still be on a version of Sense that’s pre-6.0.
There’s little doubt now that the HTC One line of smartphones will continue after the HTC One (M8). HTC’s micro-blogging personality at Sina Weibo - HTC Life - has released a trip of images that, paired with comments - suggest they’re off to the races again. This next device will be ever-so-slightly more blunt than its predecessor, and won’t be entirely unlike the most recent "Desire."
Consumers have picked up the HTC One (M8) in droves this Spring, creating a demand for cases the likes of which have not appeared for several generations in the HTC universe. Today we’re having a peek at a whole bunch of cases from several of the finest brands on the market. What we’ll be doing here is setting them up to battle in a bracket that’ll bring out the greats and leave the slightly less-great cases in the dust.
It may be weeks between now and the time when the designer of the HTC One series - the lead designer, that is - has left the company. Word has it that Scott Croyle has made clear his intentions to "transition" his role with HTC, and will likely be working in a far different role from what he's in now in the immediate future.
For all but the T-Mobile HTC One (M7), the process of pushing HTC’s Sense 6 to smartphones has reached Integration phase. The HTC One Max and the HTC One Mini will be getting the update to Sense 6 as well as every version of the HTC One (M7) in the future - very, very soon that is to say.
HTC has brought in Samsung's former US marketing chief to turbocharge its advertising, hoping to prevent a rerun of 2013 where its flagship HTC One Android phone was eclipsed by the Galaxy media blitz. Paul Golden "created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand" during his four year stint at Samsung, his LinkedIn profile claims, but is now acting as a consultant for HTC having left the South Korean firm in January 2012.
HTC is allowing developers to tap into its depth data from the twin cameras on the HTC One M8 smartphone, releasing the Dual Lens SDK that Google has already relied upon to make the Google Play edition of the flagship. The SDK Preview allows access to the depth information the second lens on the back of the One M8 grabs with each shot, and will initially allow for bokeh-style refocusing and HTC's pseudo-3D DimensionPlus manipulation in third-party apps.
The differences between the HTC One M7 (the model you bought in 2013) and the HTC One (M8) (this year’s model) are small. We did a specifications battle back near the end of March and pulled the devices through the paces over the past couple of weeks. Once Sense 6 arrives (by the end of May, HTC says), will there really be any difference between the devices in practice?
Sales of the HTC One M8 have begun in-store at carriers across the US today, with the new flagship Android smartphone turning up at AT&T locations among others. HTC surprised many by putting its new One M8 on sale the very day it was announced, though a brief exclusivity period kept it at Verizon stores only.
HTC was taking no chances with the HTC One M8, confirming not only versions of its new flagship for the key US carriers but a Google Play edition right at launch, and that's what's landed on the SlashGear test bench. Google's approach with GPe phones is generally straightforward: get the best hardware from manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and LG, only with unmodified Android rather than whatever tweaks and changes would normally be present. Problem is, HTC has spent no small amount of time with the One M8's Duo Camera system, and so there was work to be done to get that up and running even without HTC Sense 6.
HTC has a problem, and it's more than just hemorrhaging cash. The company has confirmed its second consecutive quarter with losses, bleeding around $62.2m as it readied the new HTC One M8 and crossed its collective fingers that 2014 would deliver the turnaround many had hoped - but which failed to transpire - for 2013.