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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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HTC U Ultra “note” phone has leaked

HTC U Ultra “note” phone has leaked

A set of photos show the next HTC smartphone - tentatively called the HTC U Ultra - and it's an interesting take. This smartphone appears to be a hybrid between past HTC designs and the LG V10 - or LG V20. Including a second display for icons, this device seems to have taken the idea that a second display was necessary - and ran with it. This device also has a relatively large set of features that make it look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Note.

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HTC Vive Tracker accessory turns objects into VR controllers

HTC Vive Tracker accessory turns objects into VR controllers

HTC has a new accessory item for its Vive VR headset that can turn just about anything into a VR controller. One example HTC gave is a baseball bat — with the Vive Tracker embedded, the baseball bat becomes a controller that can open the door for realistic baseball gameplay or zombie head smashing. The same goes for gloves, imitation rifles for shooting games, and even, HTC says, a fire hose that may pair well with a simulator.

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The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)

The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)

Google and Verizon are not doing a very good job handling supply and demand with the Pixel. In a Reddit thread 2,888 messages long (at publication time), potential Google Pixel smartphone users discuss delays in shipment and inconsistencies in stories from Google and Verizon. This situation is unique in that Verizon is selling the same phone as Google is supplying AND selling. What we're asking here is why there's an issue with shipping at all with what should be a well-oiled machine.

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A Virtual Reality gun tracked IRL: Athena by Ilium

A Virtual Reality gun tracked IRL: Athena by Ilium

The folks at Ilium want to create a device that'll be tracked in virtual reality to make the reality of shooting games in VR more real. What could possibly go wrong with this situation? If they're able to create this accessory in a limited fashion and keep it supported through the largest platforms available - very little could go wrong. Of course they need to get some funds for it, first.

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