HTC M7, One X successor leaks out ahead of MWC
HTC’s successor the to One X may have made an early appearance thanks to an Android Police tipster. The photograph shows a device featuring HTC’s revised design language for the 2013 model year, and is very similar to the Droid DNA and the HTC Butterfly. Also supplied are some purported screenshots of HTC’s latest Sense 5.0 UI, which reflects a cleaner, Windows Phone 8-style look.
One X gets Google Now, Project Butter
International versions of the HTC One X have now begun receiving an upgrade to version 4.1 of Google's Android operating system. Updates re being pushed out to devices based on their Customer ID in each region, with phones in Taiwan currently receiving the update. Handsets in Europe, reportedly, have not yet begun receiving the update.
Flagship One phone gets minor upgrades
HTC recently introduced the One X+, an upgraded version of its best-selling Android phone, the One X, which arrived early in the year. The X+ now features a black housing rather than white, though the most important changes are on the inside—a quad-core Tegra 3 processor finally paired with LTE for US customers. Electronista checked out the new device at a MobileCon event ahead of its official launch at AT&T.
One X, One S gets update in October, One XL later in year
HTC has revealed its schedule for updating some of its handsets to Jelly Bean later this year. Previously, the company confirmed that part of its One series of handsets will receive the Android 4.1 update, with some software changes found in the newly announced One X+ also being included in the release.
Unlocked handsets to get update early
An upgrade to the latest version of Google's Android operating system, version 4.1, will be rolling out to some HTC One X handsets as early as next month. MoDaCo reports that HTC will release the update for unlocked One X handsets in October, while owners of carrier-branded handsets will have to wait for carrier approval. The updates are expected to be completed before Christmas.
Software update makes Sense changes, brings Single Sign-On feature, more
The international variants of the quad-core HTC One X will begin being sent out over the air later on this Friday. The phone shipped with Android 4.0, but the detail update still unlocks some new features and functions in the device. HTC's Sense skin will also get some changes, including the multitasking button getting menu functionality.
Two-year contract sees HTC phone under $100
The HTC One X is now available for $80 on Amazon. Customers signing up for a new or renewed two-year contract can get the HTC smartphone for that price, though AT&T requires a data plan in addition to the monthly voice plan cost. That brings the total monthly commitment for the One X to at least $80.
Telstra now testing the update for the two HTC smartphones
A web page from Australian provider Telstra indicates that HTC is preparing and update for its One XL and One S smartphones. It would be Android 4.1, though no dates are yet available, with the idea being that the provider has received the software and is now testing it. Exactly how long the carrier will take to approve and/or modify the software remains to be seen.
HTC Q2 results continue to disappoint despite revamped line-up
HTC has posted yet another weak quarterly result (pdf) with profits down nearly 58 percent compared to the same period last year. It follows a precipitous plunge in profit of 70 percent that it recorded in Q1 this year, after Samsung’s Galaxy S II overshadowed its 2011 product range. Worryingly for HTC, its new and critically well-received One-series line-up seems to have done little to turn the company around in the face of the Samsung onslaught led by the Galaxy S II and S III.
US customs continue inspection of HTC handsets
Some HTC handsets, potentially including the One X and Evo 4G LTE, are slowly making their way through US Customs, the company reports. A recent update on the HTC corporate website notes that some handsets are passing Customs inspections, despite an International Trade Commission (ITC) ban on the devices entering the US.
Discussion order after HTC handset ban enforced
The US District Court of Delaware has ordered Apple and HTC to enter settlement discussions. Judge Sherry Fallon will be moderating the talks, which follow the import ban that has stalled HTC's Evo 4G LTE and One X from entering the US, reports Florian Mueller.
Samsung and HTC shares suffer at the hands of Apple
Samsung and HTC stock have both taken a hit thanks to separate actions instigated by Apple. Samsung’s stock saw $10 billion wiped off its value following a report by DigiTimes indicating that Apple had placed a large order for DRAM from its struggling Japanese competitor Elpida. Separately, HTC’s shares also slumped by over 6 percent following an Apple initiated ITC injunction being enforced by US Customs, stopping the importation of its hotly anticipated One X and EVO 4G LTE handsets.
HTC One X at AT&T, Rogers, other carriers gets rooted
The developers over at the XDA Developer's Forum, and kennethpen in particular, have now released a one-click root for the HTC One X. This time around, however, the AT&T, Rogers and other carrier-locked versions got the attention, and users still need to plug it into their computers to copy the needed files, be they Linux-, Windows-, or OS X-powered. The bootloader on the handset remains locked, however.
Cyanogenmod 9 variant out for quad-core HTC One X
A variant of the Cyanogenmod 9 for the NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered quad-core variant of the HTC One X has been released. The interface offers users a much more stock Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) experience with HTC’s Sense 4.0 UI all but swept away. In its place, the Cyanogenmod 9 variant will give the casual observer the impression that the HTC One X has been morphed into a Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Our look at HTC's 2012 Android 4 flagship phone
For HTC, 2011 was sometimes considered a write-off: what looked to be a promising year with an early 4G lead saw the company overwhelmed by Apple and Samsung, and even by its own at times confusing lineup with problematic phones like the Thunderbolt. The One series for 2012 is the reboot, a return to basics with an emphasis on high-end design and even stripping back the custom Sense interface layer. We'll determine in our review of the HTC One X in 4G LTE trim, and to some extent the Evo 4G LTE, whether HTC is back to being a fierce competitor for the iPhone and Galaxy roster.
HTC forecasts 55 percent jump in revenue
HTC has forecast a 55 percent jump in revenue for the second quarter of 2012. The upbeat outlook hints at a strong consumer response to its new line of One-series smartphones. The news is a positive sign that it has regained a competitive footing as it seeks to regain lost ground to Samsung and Apple over the past two quarters.
HTC One X with LTE gets our early test
Canada has slightly beaten the US to the punch and is getting the 4G LTE version of the HTC One X on Rogers ahead of AT&T's May 6 date. We have our test unit on hand and have been giving it an early shakedown in advance of a fuller review. Read ahead for our initial impressions.
HTC One X teardown reveals complex construction
Chinese site PCOnline has torn down the new HTC One X smartphone. More accurately, it's the Chinese variation of the flagship handset. The skinny phone was separated thanks to a narrow plastic tool.
Samsung i9300 given unofficial benchmarks
Samsung's GT-i9300, possibly the third-generation Galaxy, has had its performance leaked through inadvertent postings to GLBenchmark. The 3D tests caught by a Phone Arena reader show that the quad-core Exynos 4412 chip in the device looks to beat any existing Android phone, and likely the iPhone 4S, by a wide margin. In the common-use Egypt test, the i9300 would be roughly a third faster than the similarly quad-core Tegra 3 in the international HTC One X and three times faster than Samsung's own Galaxy S II.
HTC thinks hardware keyboards hurt progress
HTC has kept itself in the limelight in the past day with both revelations of a shift in its attitude towards touch as well as shipping its first LTE-equipped One X. Speaking at the company's Freqs event in Seattle, creative lead Claude Zellweger told MobileBurn and others in attendance that HTC was backing away from hardware keyboards. Partly echoing what the late Steve Jobs said in 2007, he saw physical keyboards as still having some interest but ultimately being obstacles. Going all-touch let HTC have the freedom to design the way it wanted.
HTC event talks dimensions and One X accessories
HTC's Freqs event in Seattle on Thursday saw it reveal a handful of surprise details that also saw it weigh in on phone technology. Product strategy VP Bjorn Kilburn revealed that customers in a study, when pressed, preferred having a thinner phone over getting more battery life. Battery life was still an issue, but it had led to phones like the 0.31-inch One S instead of a planned thicker phone with a 3,000mAh battery pack.
Chitika says Apple, Samsung hurting HTC use
HTC's market challenges have seen it lose more than half of its share of online usage, Chitika found in a new study. Its traffic on Chitika's relatively large ad network has dropped 60 percent in the space of five months, down to 7.3 percent of the total in March. While only representative of Chitika's share, it contrasted with Apple's gain in the same space of time, where it leapt from 46.8 percent in October to 76.9 percent in March.
Spotify Android app remade
Spotify on Thursday addressed complaints over its Android app with a new preview version of its remake. The new version is completely remade and designed explicitly to support Android 4.0 phones like the Galaxy Nexus or One X. The UI change brings swipe-based navigation columns, extra-large artist artwork, and a Facebook-style slide-out menu.
HTC One X gets American launch plans
The AT&T version of the HTC One X received its official launch details on Wednesday. The LTE-equipped Android 4.0 hardware should be in stores on May 6 and will be priced aggressively for an LTE phone, at $200 on a contract. Pre-orders start April 22.
European unlocked HTC One X update brings fixes
The HTC One X is getting its first official software update in Europe, Android Central reported. The 30MB over-the-air update, version 1.28.401.9, fixes some bugs as well, including removing the on-screen menu key within some apps such as YouTube. The auto brightness levels are also now less pronounced, and battery life is said to be extended.
Chrome for Android gets significant extras
Google gave the Chrome for Android beta a major update (Google Play) Tuesday that filled in key gaps in the otherwise advanced browser. Like the stock Android 4.0 browser, Chrome can now ask for the desktop version of a page if the mobile version is either undesirable or doesn't work. Address a feature that's been on iOS devices for years, Google now lets users add bookmarks as shortcuts on the Android home screen.
HTC ditches CFO, shares dip 6 percent
HTC has moved to appoint a new CFO after his predecessor was ousted from the position after just one year. Highlighting troubles at the Taiwanese handset manufacturer, Winston Yung has been moved into a undefined role in corporate development and has been replaced by Chia-Lin Chang. Yung was behind the somewhat controversial decision to purchase Beats Audio for $300 milllion, which has failed to raise the image of the brand or attract customers.
HTC One X may get quick turnaround
The AT&T version of the HTC One X may get its final release window very soon. Rumors emerging from BGR have an announcement due as soon as Tuesday, with shipping coming "within five to seven days" of that date. Pricing itself wasn't given out, but it's expected to come in at $250 to $300 given AT&T's past 4G phone pricing.
HTC Golf to be known as Wildfire C when it ships
The first look at the entry-level HTC handset known as the Golf has now been offered by PocketNow. The render shows a small device that looks like a shorter, stouter version of the One X. The Android 4.0 phone will likely be called the Wildfire C when it launches later this spring. Its rear three-megapixel camera should be complemented by a front-facing one of unknown resolution, which is uncommon for the price point it's expected to come in at.
HTC One X and Xperia S get Canadian dates
Canadian carrier Rogers has dates both official and semi-official for two of its highest-end Android smartphones for the spring. A leak to MobileSyrup of internal Rogers info has put the HTC One X release date as April 20. The provider had already confirmed that its version, which has the same 4G LTE and Snapdragon S4 as the future AT&T model, should cost $170 on a three-year contract.
Instagram on Android gets wider Tegra 3 support
Instagram has updated its Android app yet again to support a much wider range of devices. The app (Google Play) now supports devices using NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor. Doing so enables both the HSPA+ version of the HTC One X, the ASUS Transformer Prime, and any other phone or tablet running the quad-core chip.
Chrome 19 allows opening tabs from Android, more
Google has posted a Chrome 19 beta that answers a common call for fast access to tabs across devices. Signing in on the same Google account both on a desktop and an Android device running Chrome for Android will give either device access to whatever tabs happen to be open on that device at that moment. The approach makes it easy to continue reading an article from an Android phone or to check directions that were just on the desktop.
LG developing new smartphone response in D1L
Korean newspaper DDaily is reporting that LG was not completely happy with the reception to its smartphone launches at Mobile World Congress. Not wanting to sit idly while watching Samsung and HTC getting a jump on it with the introduction of their next-generation halo phones, LG is said to be prepping a 4.7-inch, 720p smartphone known internally as the D1L. As with AT&T's HTC One X, the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked a 1.5GHz.
HTC says Beats will be software only
HTC in an interview Friday said it won't pack in Beats Audio's earbuds or other headphones with at least some of its smartphones from now on. Product executive Martin Fichter briefed CNET that, while the on-device Beats Audio processing would stay, ordinary headphones at most would come in the box with models like the Evo 4G LTE and One series. Customers weren't buying for the headphones and thus didn't justify the extra cost.
HTC's profits continue to nosedive
HTC’s Q1 2012 unaudited results are in (pdf) and they don’t make pleasant reading. The company has revealed that its profits have slumped a massive 70 percent year-over-year on revenues down 35 percent. The result continues a downward trend that started in the second half of 2011 as the once leading Android smartphone vendor bled sales, largely due to the popularity of Samsung’s 2011 Galaxy line-up.
HTC One X prototype falls in hands of eBay users
An HTC One X prototype for AT&T has been sold on eBay. The device was purchased by XDA Developersforum member @voteccow and clearly shows markings that it is not for sale and was likely used by an AT&T technician for network verification and device testing. As the device was being tested for AT&T, it is the version of the One X that carries the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor not the international variant that ships with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.
Plans to retake snatched storage
Later this month, Dropbox plans on launching a promotion giving HTC phone owners with devices that include the HTC Sense 4.0 app 23GB of online storage free for two years. Some industrious individuals found a work around that would let anybody, whether or not they owned such a phone, to leverage the deal. Dropbox has now issued an advisory that it is on to the scheme, and anybody who signed up for the storage in this manner will soon find themselves without it.
Phone pairs Android 4.0 with dual-core Snapdragon
As expected, HTC and Sprint have formally unveiled the Evo 4G LTE smartphone at a special event in New York City. The handset appears to serve as an LTE variant of HTC's One X, which was introduced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, though the Sprint model offers several additional upgrades alongside the LTE radio.
HTC Evo 4G LTE confirmed
HTC at its live event Wednesday rolled out the Evo 4G LTE. Its adaptation of the One X we tried in February will be the first in the US with HD Voice. The trick ups the effective bitrate of voice to provide a clearer and more natural sound, although Sprint hasn't explained fully how it works.
Leaks point to Evo One
HTC and Sprint have invited journalists to a launch event in New York City, where the companies promise to detail "their latest collaboration." A flurry of leaks points to the HTC Evo One as the focal point of the event. Check out our live coverage page at 5:30 Eastern for pictures and updates.
HTC Evo One unofficially photographed, tested
All doubt as to the HTC Evo One's existence was removed overnight as a new leak showed it in the flesh. Somehow getting access to an early unit, Android Life confirmed both the slightly reworked design on the front and a back with a kickstand. It remained responsive and had the same quick responsiveness, high-end 720p display, and other traits as the One X we tried in February.
HTC Evo One gets last-minute look
Sprint's adaptation of the Evo One, has been given a last-minute leak through a press render. The shot obtained by Pocketnow shows a device that has clearly made some cosmetic changes, eliminating some of the curves and making it slightly taller than the reference version that AT&T will be carrying.
HTC One series hits Germany early
HTC's One S and One X have gone on sale early in Europe. Dual discoveries stemming from BestBoyZ and The Unwired have shown that Germany's Media Markt is carrying either Android 4.0 phone days ahead of the official April 2 date. The sales are cleared by HTC, although prices are slightly higher for the One S at 519 euros (normally 499) and lower for the One X at 579 euros (instead of 599).
Best Buy advises customers of HTC One X launch
Best Buy has started contacting customers who have pre-ordered the HTC One X for AT&T to advise its rumored launch has been moved to May 6. Previous reports had the device pegged for a mid-May launch. To date, the only official international launch announcement for the eagerly awaited class-leading Android device is that it will go on sale in Austria, Germany and Switzerland from April 2 with other countries to follow.
Sprint says WiMax dropped for LTE now on
Sprint's senior networks VP Bob Azzi delivered a presentation Thursday that declared the effective end of WiMAX on Sprint. The company would no longer launch WiMAX devices, he told FierceWireless and others in attendance. Instead, all the effort would be rolled into the LTE launch in mid-year, which Azzi said was in its last field tests and was working surprisingly well.
New source has Evo One coming to Sprint on June 6
A new source speaking to Android Central maintains that the HTC One X smartphone variant that will be unveiled at a joint event with Sprint on April 4 will be called the Evo One. Other key information revealed by this latest, unnamed source includes a ship date of June 6 for the handset, which will also get a 4.7-inch, 720p LCD (not AMOLED as claimed). Powering it will reportedly be a dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor.
HTC One series starts off in mainland Europe
HTC on Thursday set out the first launches of the One X, One S, and One V outside of Taiwan. Austria, Germany, and Switzerland will all get the Android 4.0 centerpiece phones on April 2. Prices for the One X, One S, and One V will come in at 599 euros (719 Swiss francs), 499 euros (599 francs), and 299 euros (349 francs).
HTC One X using Snapdragon S4 tops charts
HTC One X gets US-bound testing leak
A contributor posting details to the Android Central forums has given a rare glimpse of the AT&T version of the HTC One X. While his impressions of the LTE-aware version's light weight and good build quality match what we tried ourselves (linked above), he added that the battery life for the Android 4.0 flagship was "really good" compared to most LTE phones to date. The longevity was likely owed to the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip inside, which builds LTE directly into its core and is much more power-efficient.
HTC France schedules One event for April 5
HTC France has just shared details of an event scheduled for April 5 over on its Facebook page. The image shows the HTC One X, and the event is expected to be devoted to its European debut. Fittingly, it's one day after a joint HTC and Sprint event in the US, which is also likely to debut a version of the device.