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HTC U12 Life touts dual cameras, dual finish, familiar design

HTC U12 Life touts dual cameras, dual finish, familiar design

No, you’re not seeing double or getting a sense of deja vu. This isn’t the OG Google Pixel. You can immediately tell by the lack of thick bezels on the front and the dual cameras on the back. But it definitely bears a striking resemblance, which might not be all too surprising given the Pixel’s history. But while Google may have used that dual color as a differentiating factor, the HTC is embracing it wholeheartedly as the HTC U12 Life’s theme and identity.

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Top Android One phones this year

Top Android One phones this year

LG just made a rather startling announcement days before IFA. Unlike Samsung, whose first Android Go phone, the Galaxy J2 Core, was repeatedly leaked before it was finally announced, LG’s first Android One phone was almost totally unexpected. With the LG G7 One, another major manufacturer jumps into Google’s revamped program. But what exactly is Android One and what are your best choices in getting one? Puns aside, here are the top picks for the pure Android experience you’ve always wanted but couldn’t get because of the Pixel phones’ price tag.

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HTC U12 Life reveal set for next week

HTC U12 Life reveal set for next week

HTC delivered its flagship device for 2018 - the U12+ - a few months back, but it isn't quite done with new phone releases. Today, HTC set the date of another reveal, and it's only a week away. While we don't know for sure which phone HTC will debut, it's likely that it's the rumored U12 Life.

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The gorgeous Flame Red HTC U12+ is coming to the US

The gorgeous Flame Red HTC U12+ is coming to the US

If the one thing holding you back from buying the HTC U12+ is the color, rejoice: the striking Flame Red U12+ is now up for order in North America. Revealed alongside the Android smartphone back in May, the distinctive red finish has until now only been available in international markets.

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HTC might be using Nokia’s playbook

HTC might be using Nokia’s playbook

According to a tip this afternoon, Nokia is about to go - or has already gone - the way of Nokia in the smartphone business. The tip suggests that HTC might begin using ODM for smartphone manufacturing. That'd mean that HTC would continue to be the brand, and HTC would continue to design phones, but HTC wouldn't be manufacturing the phones themselves.

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Android Pie update OEM checklist: who’s in and who’s not

Android Pie update OEM checklist: who’s in and who’s not

It’s that time of year again. New Android version, new guessing and then waiting game for which phones will get the update and, just as importantly, when. Things have gotten better over the years, in no small part thanks to high-profile security scares and Apple gloating, but it’s far from being ideal. Ideally, that would be when lists like this will be superfluous. But until that glorious day, here are some of the smartphone makers who have gone public about their love for Pie and those that have been unsurprisingly yet annoyingly silent for the past weeks.

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Android Pie update: HTC, Sony, Huawei commit

Android Pie update: HTC, Sony, Huawei commit

Every new Android version kicks off two guessing games. The first is at the start of the development cycle when users try to guess which sweet dessert the release will be named after. The second is when the final version is finally formally launched. That’s when users start guessing when and if their precious smartphone is actually eligible for the update. To help make their customers guess less, some manufacturers have chimed in, publicly committing to bringing Android 9 Pie to at least some of their latest devices “soon”.

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HTC U12 Life specs leak prove HTC isn’t giving up yet

HTC U12 Life specs leak prove HTC isn’t giving up yet

Both HTC and LG have been reported to be eying only one flagship this year but only one of them has so far proven that to be true. The HTC U12+ has no rival among the company’s own ranks but that doesn’t mean HTC won’t try to have other variants of that. Indeed, as per its usual practice, it seems to be ready to reveal a mid-range version of its 2018 champion, the HTC U12 Life. But while it’s undoubtedly a step up from last year’s HTC U11 Life, the question is always whether it’s enough.

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HTC demonstrates multi-room VR with Vive Pro and SteamVR 2.0

HTC demonstrates multi-room VR with Vive Pro and SteamVR 2.0

The current big challenge for virtual reality technology is to work in large rooms. The next dream for the future, however, is likely to be multi-room experiences, where users can wander between rooms or other connected spaces without issue. This is probably still a couple of years away, but HTC has shown off a small example of how it could work, with a demonstration featuring a Vive Pro, multiple base stations, and a beta of SteamVR 2.0.

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HTC Exodus Blockchain phone launching with CryptoKitties this year

HTC Exodus Blockchain phone launching with CryptoKitties this year

HTC is pressing on with its blockchain-based phone, codenamed Exodus. First revealed earlier in 2018, we now know that the phone will be launching in "early access" later this year. That, unfortunately, is about the only new thing we're learning today, so a lot of important details about the phone are still a mystery.

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HTC had a dire June 2018 with sales down almost 68%

HTC had a dire June 2018 with sales down almost 68%

HTC has had its worst sales slump in over two years, with mediocre demand seeing June 2018 sales drop by more than 67-percent year on year. The announcement of a particularly dire month came just a week after HTC confirmed it would cut close to a quarter of its employees worldwide.

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Why HTC smartphones continue to fail [UPDATE]

Why HTC smartphones continue to fail [UPDATE]

HTC is getting smaller and smaller every year. That’s true not just for its bottom line but its workforce as well. Every year it puts out smartphones that receive glowing reviews and high customer ratings. And every year it also fails to break even. Why has HTC, the first smartphone maker to believe in Android, have had such rotten luck in the market it once dominated? Sadly, there is no single answer but is, instead, a series of unfortunate events.

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