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MWC 2018 preview: Galaxy S9, Huawei, Sony and more

MWC 2018 preview: Galaxy S9, Huawei, Sony and more

Mobile World Congress 2018 should reveal new hardware products from a variety of big names in mobile smart devices. This event is a trade show fun by GSMA, and it's the place where some of the most important smart devices of the year are launched. Did I mention devices? Today I'm going to run down the basics in what we expect from MWC at the tail end of this month.

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HTC phone and VR divisions merge, layoffs in the mix

HTC phone and VR divisions merge, layoffs in the mix

This afternoon HTC announced that some employees would be leaving the company as both HTC smartphone and VR divisions merge together. This is an interesting move from the company as it was acquired by Google at the tail end of 2017. It wasn't clear how much of HTC Google'd acquired - now with a merge of the two main bits of HTC, the path is a bit more clear. Or is it?

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Best mid-range Android phones for 2018

Best mid-range Android phones for 2018

MWC 2018 is almost upon us and so are the next generation of smartphones. Some of them will be quite drool-worthy, but many will probably be beyond reach, both in time and in budget. If you’re in need of a new mobile partner soon and your resources are a bit stretched thin, there are still some Android phones for you. And you won’t even have to compromise that much. Here are some of the best mid-range, wallet-friendly phones that you can actually buy now instead of waiting for a few months.

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HTC President of Smartphones quits, aims for AI

HTC President of Smartphones quits, aims for AI

Smartphone company HTC's President of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, Chialin Chang, has resigned from his position. This position has not yet been filled by the company as of the first publishing of this article. But what's this all mean for you, the end user? Not one whole heck of a lot in the short term.

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HTC U12 spied in Taiwan with 5G data speeds

HTC U12 spied in Taiwan with 5G data speeds

The next big HTC smartphone release seems to have been spied in Taiwan wearing a bit of a protective cover. This next device will likely follow up on the relative success of the HTC U11 with the name HTC U12, coming with a body that's not all that unlike its predecessor. This next-generation device was seen at a 5G data speed industry event which also showed the HTC VIVE PRO, Vive Focus, and other smartphones.

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Google closes HTC deal, welcomes smartphone innovators

Google closes HTC deal, welcomes smartphone innovators

Everyone expected HTC’s mobile business to fold. Everyone expected Google to buy up HTC. Neither and both happened. September last year, Google and HTC announced a $1.1 billion deal that, among other things, would see a large chunk of the Taiwanese smartphone maker’s mobile team transfer to the mothership. Google has now announced that deal has finally completed and it is welcoming the people who helped HTC rise to fame. Hopefully, they aren’t the same people responsible for its fall from grace.

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VIVE FOCUS’s 8K VR player just made HTC’s headset fascinating

VIVE FOCUS’s 8K VR player just made HTC’s headset fascinating

Visbit has been working on video streaming technology for VR for quite some time, but now it appears that the company's work is ready for prime time. At an HTC VIVE product showcase in China, Visbit announced the launch of its new 8K VR Player, which allows for 8K playback on the VIVE FOCUS while being flexible in terms of internet connectivity.

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HTC U11 EYEs has two eyes in front for you

HTC U11 EYEs has two eyes in front for you

HTC doesn't seem to be done trying to milk all that it can from the U11 brand, even in 2018. It also doesn't seem to be done mixing up specs and features to try and sell its growing number of almost indistinguishable models. This time though, it is adding at least one new feature to make it worthy of its moniker. There's a reason for the "s" in thr HTC U11 EYEs' name, and that's for the pair of eyes it has on its face.

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HTC Vive Pro revealed alongside Vive Wireless Adaptor

HTC Vive Pro revealed alongside Vive Wireless Adaptor

This afternoon HTC revealed the HTC Vive Pro, a next-level experience for virtual reality gamers. This device takes what the HTC Vive is and ramps every aspect up another notch. This includes audio, display, and hardware design. This device is the premium experience missing from the VR market today - up to the next level in every way.

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Motorola, HTC confirm they don’t make older smartphones slower

Motorola, HTC confirm they don’t make older smartphones slower

Unlike Apple, HTC and Motorola say they don't slow down older smartphones. Confirmation follows public outcry over Apple's decision to slow down iPhone models as they -- or, more specifically, their lithium-ion batteries -- age. Despite having a pretty good reason for slowing down the devices, Apple's attempt at mitigating problems caused by li-ion batteries has proven very controversial, and public attention has turned to other smartphone makers.

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HTC reportedly cut down on number of phones in 2018

HTC reportedly cut down on number of phones in 2018

Could this be the sign of HTC slowly winding down on its smartphone business? According to a report citing industry sources, the Taiwanese company will be limiting the number of phones it will be releasing next year. But in addition to reflecting the company's continuing struggles in the smartphone market, it could also be reflecting HTC's substantial loss of resources, particularly human resources, after Google acquired a significant number of employees from HTC's mobile division.

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HTC lightbulb may detect your bathroom slips

HTC lightbulb may detect your bathroom slips

HTC has plans for a lightbulb with the ability to detect a person falling down in their bathroom. Much in the same vein as the HTC VIVE and its room-scale VR device detectors, this "illumination device" has a detection function for humans. A human falling down in the room the lightbulb lights will activate a moving antenna to better assess whether the subject is alive or dead.

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