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HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset for the US canceled

HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset for the US canceled

HTC just made a big splash in China, announcing its much-anticipated standalone Vive VR headset for the market. The company, however, had a few unexpected surprises. It announced a new "half platform", the Vive Wave, for the new headset, the Vive Focus. That name was expected to be used for the standalone Daydream headset promised at Google I/O a few months back. Apparently, according to TechCrunch, HTC and Google have decided to scrap that plan even before it had a chance to be born.

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HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires

HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires

HTC has announced Vive Focus, a standalone virtual reality headset that eliminates the wires found on the regular HTC Vive. The company unveiled its standalone device at an event in China this evening, explaining that its new VR device gives people the freedom to enjoy virtual reality content wherever they are. Unlike some other standalone VR headsets, you don't need your phone.

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HTC U11+ Edge Launcher and more unofficially available for U11

HTC U11+ Edge Launcher and more unofficially available for U11

HTC has just announced two U11 variants, including a larger U11+. Unfortunately, that one isn’t coming to the US, because HTC thinks it would be a bad business move for the market. Fortunately, there isn’t much that difference between the two, like the larger screen, the semi-translucent back cover, and Android 8.0 Oreo and a new radial menu launcher. But before you think that it is unfortunate that the last part isn’t available on the slightly older U11 yet, fortunately for you, you’re wrong and can now install that new launcher on your U11. Unofficially of course and at your own risk.

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HTC says a dual-camera phone coming in 2018

HTC says a dual-camera phone coming in 2018

In an interesting twist, HTC has revealed that it will release a dual-camera smartphone sometime next year. This is puzzling because HTC was one of the first phone makers to release a dual-camera device, releasing phones with the technology for several years before any of its biggest rivals, only to drop the feature after 2015. This news was shared by HTC itself at the U11+ debut in Taiwan last week.

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HTC and Logitech bring keyboards into virtual reality

HTC and Logitech bring keyboards into virtual reality

HTC and Logitech have announced the new Logitech BRIDGE SDK, a way for developers to add keyboard support to their virtual reality apps. The support aims to make it possible for VR users to enter text in their virtual reality environment, doing so using a Logitech G gaming keyboard alongside an HTC Vive Tracker and a special accessory that positions it where it needs to be for the keyboard. Users will see the keyboard and their hands in the virtual world during use.

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Pixel 2 XL screen and quality control : USA to South Korea

Pixel 2 XL screen and quality control : USA to South Korea

Today we need to talk about quality control on the LG-manufactured Google Pixel 2 XL. Far too many mistakes have popped up over the past few weeks that should never have made it past the last phase before packaging. Whose fault is it that these smartphones aren't up to snuff? Given Google's aims with the Pixel phone brand - does it even matter who's truly at fault?

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HTC Vive standalone headset could launch this month

HTC Vive standalone headset could launch this month

There has been a lot of attention shed on mixed and augmented reality these days, especially with Microsoft’s big push and the launch of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s own ARCore. Even Samsung has seemingly decided to go with the flow, announcing its support for ARCore. HTC, however, is firmly staying within virtual reality territory and might, in fact, try to secure a better foothold in less than two weeks. According to a leaked invitation, HTC’s Vive Developer Conference this month could very well see the launch of its first standalone Vive headset. At least the one for China.

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HTC U11 life Review: Squeezable style on a budget

HTC U11 life Review: Squeezable style on a budget

It's a sad fact of cellular life that there's something about "lite" versions of flagship smartphones which is invariably disappointing. Trying to take what makes a flagship phone special, and distill down from it those core competencies and emotional appeal to a more affordable price point all too often results in a subpar device with a name that over-promises. Trying to escape that black hole of mediocrity is the HTC U11 life, a $300 version of the well-reviewed but niche-selling HTC U11.

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HTC U11 life looks great, but the price looks even better

HTC U11 life looks great, but the price looks even better

HTC has a new smartphone, but if you were holding out hope for the U11+ flagship, reset your expectations. Instead, the big news today is the HTC U11 life, a trimmed-down version of the U11 that the phone-maker is hoping will give it some action amid the midrange. Taking the best of the full-sized phone, and shrinking it down to something more accessible, the U11 life will be offered as a T-Mobile USA exclusive in the US.

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HTC U11+ official: 6″ translucent-backed Oreo, but bad news for US

HTC U11+ official: 6″ translucent-backed Oreo, but bad news for US

Here's the good news: the HTC U11+ is real, and it's even more delicious than the HTC U11. Ready for the bad news? HTC isn't going to sell it in North America. Yes, you read that right: there's a new HTC flagship in town, but you probably can't buy it.

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HTC U11+, U11 Life leaked hands-on leaves nothing to imagination

HTC U11+, U11 Life leaked hands-on leaves nothing to imagination

There are barely two days left before HTC makes its last big announcement for 2017 but, as it stands, there might not be anything left to expect other than confirmation and availability details. The HTC U11+, as well as the HTC U11 Life, have been leaked to death already that there might be no surprises left. And perhaps to banish all remaining doubt, a new hands-on video leaks online, showing working models of both smartphones, which simply confirm everything we’ve heard so far.

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HTC U11 Life leaked by T-Mobile, Germany’s first Android One

HTC U11 Life leaked by T-Mobile, Germany’s first Android One

There is a saying that goes something like throwing as many things at a wall and see which ones will stick. HTC seems to be applying that philosophy well to its smartphones. This year alone we’ve had the HTC U Ultra, the HTC U11, and, soon, the HTC U11 Plus and HTC U11 Life. While the U11 Plus is expected to be unveiled in just a few days, there has been no solid word on the U11 Life. But thanks to T-Mobile, we’ve got an almost complete look at the mid-range smartphone, hinting that it is probably not that far behind.

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