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HTC U Ultra scratched and bent

HTC U Ultra scratched and bent

Is HTC really cursed when it comes to smartphones? Based on the rather mixed reactions for the HTC U Ultra, that might seem to be the case. We’ll hold off on judging pending our own review, but things aren’t looking good for HTC’s new vision. Especially when that premium-priced smartphone gets tortured and doesn’t survive to tell the tale. Yes, it’s time for JerryRigEverything’s usual battery of tests to see how resilient smartphones are. Unfortunately for the HTC U Ultra, it belongs to the few that are revealed to be not so resilient after all.

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Google Pixel 2 detail releases hit the leak valve

Google Pixel 2 detail releases hit the leak valve

The first two bits of information about the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel XL 2 have been spilled. It's the names of the devices, code-names along the lines of previous releases, that've gone and brought us into the excitement realm. This first dabbing of information suggests that codenames Muskie and Walleye have been chosen for the next Pixel smartphones.

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HTC U Ultra will be shipping to U this week

HTC U Ultra will be shipping to U this week

The HTC U is more than just a new series of smartphones from HTC. It represents a rather big change of direction from the company's previous flagship smartphones, not just in terms of design but even in terms of hardware. It ditches what has been, for years, HTC's "M" DNA for a new more marketable "U" moniker, with a new set of features that addresses a new set of needs. Whether the HTC U Ultra is finally the break that HTC needs, we'll find out soon as the company starts sending out devices tomorrow.

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VIVE Tracker, Deluxe Audio Strap get pricing and release dates

VIVE Tracker, Deluxe Audio Strap get pricing and release dates

As far as VR accessories go, the VIVE Tracker is definitely one of the more interesting ones. Revealed back at CES 2017, the VIVE Tracker allows developers to turn real-world objects into controllers for VR apps and games. HTC has been moving full speed ahead with the VIVE Tracker, announcing late last month that it was opening up applications to seed 1,000 Trackers within the development community.

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HTC to make at most 7 phones this 2017, entry-level out

HTC to make at most 7 phones this 2017, entry-level out

HTC's smartphone business has long been in trouble that it has almost become a guessing game when it would fold. The Taiwanese manufacturer has stubbornly refused to budge, however, having no other fallback in the meantime. But now that its Vive VR business has taken off the ground, it has finally decided to go the cutting board. No, HTC isn't bowing out of the smartphone business completely, but it is letting go off all but its higher end models.

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HTC is launching its own mobile VR headset for some reason

HTC is launching its own mobile VR headset for some reason

Not content with its role in the high-end VR market, it appears that HTC will attempt to break into the low-end as well. HTC CFO Chia-lin Chang has announced his company's intention to launch a new mobile VR headset that will presumably compete with the likes of Gear VR and Google Daydream. The only question left is "why?"

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HTC sees glimmer of hope in 7th consecutive losing quarter

HTC sees glimmer of hope in 7th consecutive losing quarter

HTC's latest financial report for the three months ending on December 31st, 2016 show the company in flux. The first several financial highlights the company made in this call were of positive revenue but an operating loss and a net loss after tax. Revenue for this quarter sits at NT$22.2 billion with a gross margin of 10.5%, while HTC's quarterly operating loss was a cool NT$3.6 billion with an operating margin of negative 16%.

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Google Daydream grabs HTC’s Vive design chief

Google Daydream grabs HTC’s Vive design chief

It's clearly the week for big moves in virtual reality, with HTC losing its VP of Design to Google, where he will work on Google Daydream. That might sound like an unusual shift, but with Claude Zellweger responsible for not only the HTC Vive headset but the entire brand strategy and execution, he's perfectly placed to help Google take Daydream mainstream. Meanwhile, his work on phones will also play a significant role.

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VIVE Tracker applications open before general release

VIVE Tracker applications open before general release

A couple of weeks back, in the midst of CES 2017, VIVE Trackers were revealed. VIVE Trackers are a new type of controller for HTC's VIVE virtual reality headset. They're anything but traditional, as they're meant to bring real-world objects into virtual reality spaces, and now HTC wants to get these Trackers into the hands of developers.

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Android Nougat update comes to HTC 10 and other handsets

Android Nougat update comes to HTC 10 and other handsets

It's a big day for HTC handsets and Android Nougat updates, it seems. HTC announced today that it has resumed the Nougat update for the HTC 10 in the UK. For the moment, the Nougat update is only available to users in the UK, but it will be rolling out to additional regions shortly.

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HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

The folks at HTC have released a new set of devices, the most powerful of which is the HTC U Ultra. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the HTC U Ultra and its closest relative, the new HTC U Play, getting up close and personal to see all the details. These devices have been created in a vein similar to the LG V10 and V20 devices, made to cater to users with a very specific set of features on their "must have" list for a smartphone.

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HTC U Ultra and U Play hands-on: 2017’s Android wildcards

HTC U Ultra and U Play hands-on: 2017’s Android wildcards

HTC has not one but two new Android smartphones, the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, part of its new "U" family that promises to be more personable - and hopefully memorable - than previous handsets from the company. Intended to claw back some of the attention HTC has lost over the past couple of years at the hands of the iPhone and Samsung's relentless Galaxy launches, the concept behind "U" is to buck the status quo, seemingly based on the principle that you might not be able to convince everybody so you might as well really, really cater to a subset of HTC fans. We spent some time with both devices to see if they could sway us.

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