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Unlocked HTC U11 life gets Android Oreo today

Unlocked HTC U11 life gets Android Oreo today

The HTC U11 life is a pretty young phone, enjoying its worldwide launch only a month ago. Its launch in the US looked a fair bit different than its launch in other regions: while the HTC U11 life was launched as part of the Android One program in many areas around the world, here in the US, we only received the unlocked version. One of the biggest differences between the two versions is that the U11 life didn't launch running Android Oreo out of the box in the States.

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HTC Vive X invests in 26 more startups, opens shop Tel Aviv

HTC Vive X invests in 26 more startups, opens shop Tel Aviv

HTC is dead serious about pushing its Vive VR, and AR, platform. Need proof? Just look at the dozens of ambitious startups that it has already invested in to create new experiences. Still not enough? Good thing HTC is adding even more. It has just announced the third batch of lucky innovators chosen to have access to HTC Vive’s wealth of resources, both human and data. Over two dozen startups will be provided the opportunity and the materials they need to push the boundaries of what virtual and augmented realities can offer.

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Pixel 2 Visual Core Activated: Camera update magic

Pixel 2 Visual Core Activated: Camera update magic

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a special processor inside developed by Google for their visual brains specifically. These devices hadn't had this processor activated before this week - now it's ready to roll. What follows is our analyzation of what's been improved. Spoiler alert: photos look a whole lot more awesome.

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The HTC U11 Android Oreo update is here

The HTC U11 Android Oreo update is here

HTC has released the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the HTC U11, a Cyber Monday treat that won't actually cost you anything. The fast-incoming upgrade was teased over the weekend and then released today, making the smartphone one of the few devices on the market to have received Google's latest software version.

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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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