Will collect royalties from parties such as Cisco and Google
(Updated with correct purchase price, lawsuit settlements) A subsidiary of San Francisco-based RPX Corporation, RPX Clearinghouse, is buying patent assets held by the Apple-led Rockstar Consortium, according to an announcement. Rockstar was formed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony in 2011 in order to buy some 6,000 patents in the wake of Nortel's bankruptcy. Although roughly 2,000 of the patents have already been separately distributed, RPX has entered into a deal in which it will receive license payments from a syndicate of over 30 companies, such as Cisco and Google. "The RPX Clearinghouse syndicate includes a broad range of software and media providers, semi-conductor manufacturers, wireless carriers and wireline network operators, Multiple System Operators (MSOs), and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)," the announcement reads.
Follow-up to HTC Desire 610 packs 64-bit processor, 5-inch 720p display
HTC is continuing its support for the mid-range smartphone market, by extending its Desire line in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. The Desire 620 is the successor to the Desire 610 launched at Mobile World Congress in February this year, and will be driven by a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, along with 1GB of RAM.
Apple, Samsung, HTC among identified parties
Taiwan's National Communications Commission has found 12 cellphone makers to be violating the country's Personal Information Protection Act, according to the Wall Street Journal. PIPA covers the "collection, processing and use of personal information"; the NCC has yet to say exactly how the companies broke regulations, but does explain that it discovered the issue while investigating charges that Chinese firm Xiaomi was collecting and transmitting user data without permission.
HTC Desire Eye exclusive to AT&T, discount available for RE camera
The HTC Desire Eye will be exclusive to AT&T in the United States, the carrier has revealed. The smartphone, complete with a front-facing 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, will go on sale from November 7th priced at $549.99 off-contract, $149.99 with a two-year contract, $22.92 per month under AT&T Next 18, or $27.50 per month on AT&T Next 12. Customers buying the Desire EYE on-contract will also be able to acquire the RE camera at a discount, saving $50 off the $199 sticker price.
Slightly smaller HTC Desire 820 mini reduces screen size, downgrades internals
A smaller version of the HTC Desire 820, launched at IFA last month, has gone on sale in China. The Desire 820 mini switches out the 5.5-inch 720p display of the original device for a slightly smaller five-inch version, though it keeps the same resolution, and in a similar manner to other "mini" versions of existing smartphones, this version also has marginally downgraded internal components within its two-tone plastic frame.
Android software updates for more manufacturers revealed
More manufacturers have revealed which of its devices will be getting the upgrade to Android Lollipop in the future. Nvidia, HTC, and Sony have all confirmed their support for Android 5.0, though a rumor suggests that Google's own Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and Nexus 10 will be the earliest existing Nexus devices to gain the software update.
Nexus 9 uses 8.9-inch 2048x1536 display, HTC BoomSound front speakers
At the same time as launching the Nexus 6, Google revealed its new larger-sized tablet. The 8mm-thick Nexus 9, produced by HTC, is equipped with an 8.9-inch IPS LCD screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, a resolution of 2048x1536, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection, housed in a casing with a soft-grip backing and a brushed-metal trim.
Variant of HTC One M8 has higher-resolution rear camera, retains other specifications
A version of the HTC One M8 spotted before the launch of the Desire Eye will be going on sale in China this month. The HTC One M8 Eye is effectively the same as the original smartphone, except the rear 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera has been replaced by a larger 13-megapixel sensor, though it still retains the Duo Camera system and associated depth-related functionality.
Highlight reel app opens to more devices, iPhone version due soon
HTC has made its Zoe highlight video creation app available to a wider number of Android devices, after the phone producer fully launched the app earlier today. Announced during the Double Exposure event, the venue for the HTC Desire Eye and the Re Camera launches, HTC also revealed it is working on a version of the app specifically for iOS devices.
Re camera brings features like a one-button approach, capacitive touch activation
During HTC's "Double Exposure" event in New York, that mixed elements of fashion together with technology, the company unveiled its entry into the consumer video camera market. The Re Camera, which was the previously rumored to be a sports camera from the company, takes a different approach for consumers by making it easier to pick up a camera and start shooting.
Identical cameras, flash on front and rear of HTC Desire Eye
HTC has used its "Double Exposure" event to launch its selfie-friendly smartphone, just as previously rumored. The HTC Desire Eye features identical 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back, along with a dual LED flash for each side, with the smartphone putting both image sensors to good use with a number of new camera-related software additions.
Delayed HTC smartwatch held back to make it more 'compelling' to use
A smartwatch will not be making an appearance at today's HTC launch event, according to a report. The manufacturer is apparently holding off from launching its own wearable device until sometime next year, though comments from high-level employees seem to suggest the reason behind the delay is more case of perfectionism rather than too much competition.
Rumored HTC-produced Nexus 9 may be squarer than earlier devices
Rumors about a HTC-produced Nexus tablet are not continuing to snowball, with two new sources suggesting such a device is on the way. An image on Twitter allegedly shows the back of the fabled tablet, while a separate report stemming from an FCC filing suggests the display could have a slightly different aspect ratio compared to earlier Nexus devices.
Desire Eye reappears with high-resolution front camera, front flash
The recently-leaked image of the alleged HTC Desire Eye smartphone may be incorrect, another image leak suggests. A smartphone said to be the Desire Eye is pictured sharing the same design language as the Desire 820, unlike the HTC One M8-based version found on a Chinese regulator website last week, and though the appearance is different, the high-resolution camera rumor remains almost the same.
Lower profit still an improvement for HTC compared to Q3 2013 loss
HTC has managed to continue its current financial form in its latest quarterly results, but not by much. In its most recent report, HTC earned revenues of NT$41.86 billion ($1.4 billion), down from the NT$65.06 billion it earned in the previous quarter, but the smartphone manufacturer managed to receive a net profit of NT$640 million ($21.0 million), again down from the NT$2.26 billion from last quarter.
Chinese regulator listings show new HTC One variant images
Another variant of the HTC One (M8) smartphone has apparently surfaced in TENAA filings in China. The device, said to be called the HTC One (M8) Eye, appears to have the same list of specifications as the flagship, though it appears HTC will be combining the Duo Camera from the M8 with the higher-resolution rear camera from the HTC One E8.
Rumored HTC camera may have wide angle lens, slow-motion abilities
HTC has started to tease the launch of a new device at a New York "Double Exposure" event on October 8th, with the device likely to be an action camera in a similar style to the GoPro range. A video and a teaser site strongly hint at some form of camera, with each showing video shot from an action camera below water and mounted to a bicycle moving through traffic.
Report reaffirms rumors of HTC Nexus 9 development
Google's HTC-produced Nexus tablet has reappeared in another report, alleging its existence. Sources of Wall Street Journal claim that HTC has been selected over other manufacturers to create the device, as suggested by previous rumors, with the report also stating that the tablet will have a nine-inch display, matching earlier leaked legal filings from Nvidia directly naming a device called the Nexus 9.
Action camera allegedly being produced by HTC
HTC may be looking into producing a camera, as it attempts to fix its financial standing, a report claims. The smartphone manufacturer is said to be working on its own action camera, similar to those produced by GoPro, with the camera believed to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing it to work with both Android and iOS devices.
Lack of AT&T exclusivity of budget Fire Phone in US allegedly at issue
AT&T may have prevented Amazon from creating a second, lower-cost smartphone, according to a report. The retailer was apparently working with HTC on such a device, but the carrier was apparently unhappy with the terms of the partnership, wanting exclusivity of both devices in the United States, rather than just of the higher-specification Fire Phone.
Legal filing on Nvidia website pulled following HTC tablet name leak
Nvidia may have inadvertently confirmed the existence of a HTC-produced Nexus tablet. A legal filing by the chip producer names the tablet as the "HTC Nexus 9", something which matches earlier leaks pointing towards a tablet codenamed Flounder and the T1, with the document also suggesting it will be introduced in the next few months.
Mid-ranged HTC Desire 820 has 13MP rear camera, 8MP front imaging sensor
HTC launched its second 64-bit device at IFA, following the Desire 510 launched last month. The Desire 820 could be considered the successor to the Desire 816 and will be shipping with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 onboard, a 1.5GHz octa-core processor capable of 64-bit processing, something which could aid its performance when the next version of Android is released.
HTC Desire 510 includes Snapdragon 410 capable of 32-bit, 64-bit processing
HTC has launched an entry-level Desire-branded smartphone capable of 64-bit processing. The Desire 510 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, and though it will initially run as a 32-bit processor initially, HTC may enable its 64-bit processing once Android L starts to roll out to consumer devices in the future.
Device named Flounder according to Wi-Fi Alliance certification, comes in three models
More information has come to the surface regarding HTC's rumored T1 tablet. On top of South Korean regulators passing a device with the 0P82100 model number, the Wi-Fi Alliance has also approved a device under the same identifier. The Wi-Fi Alliance shows that the tablet is named Flounder, according to the firmware version on the device.
Windows Phone version of HTC One M8 uses same specifications as Android original
HTC has launched the Windows Phone version of its One M8 flagship at an event in New York. The HTC One (M8) for Windows is a metal-clad smartphone with the same specifications as the Android original, including an identical five-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage.
HTC One M8 for Windows Phone shares physical appearance with Android model
Images for what is believed to be the Windows Phone equivalent of the HTC One M8 have leaked, showing what could be HTC's latest foray onto the platform. Said to be called the One M8 for Windows, the displayed smartphone appears to be identical in physical construction to the Android version of the device, except for a Windows Phone logo on the back.
HTC allegedly moving into app business with Zoe, more apps on the way
HTC is preparing to release some of its apps on Google Play, for use on other non-HTC devices, according to a report. Starting with the Zoe video app later this week, the 260-employee strong HTC Creative Labs unit will apparently bring more of the HTC-specific apps to the online store, as the company attempts to use its software knowledge to try and improve its financial outlook.
Twin leaks point to two HTC smartphone launches in coming months
A pair of leaks for HTC smartphones have surfaced, for Android and Windows Phone devices. One leak includes photographs of the A11, a variant in the Desire range said to use a 64-bit system-on-chip, while another appears to reiterate earlier rumored specifications for a version of the HTC One M8 running on Windows Phone instead of Android.
Leaks suggest 64-bit Tegra processor in rumored HTC-produced Nexus tablet
Multiple leaks suggest HTC's rumored tablet is still on the way, and could be announced soon. Codenamed T1, but previously named as Volantis and Flounder, the device is believed to be a new Nexus tablet, possibly the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9, with the device apparently spotted on South Korean communications regulator RRA's website passing certification.
Waterproofing, higher-resolution Duo Camera in Japan-specific HTC Butterfly J
A new version of the HTC One M8 for the Japanese market has been announced by local carrier KDDI. The HTC J Butterfly manages to hold on to the majority of the One M8's specifications, including its five-inch 1080p display, but stems down the same route as the One E8 in having a plastic body, with the Japan-specific smartphone also having a few more minor changes.
Windows Phone version of HTC One M8 may have same specifications
HTC may be preparing to release a version of the One M8 smartphone running Windows Phone instead of Android, according to rumors. Report sources claim the smartphone producer will be returning to Windows Phone again, effectively re-purposing the One M8's hardware and accessories, with the device apparently said to be given the name HTC One W8.
Retirement, billion-dollar advertising campaign claimed as reasons for resignation
Two executives have resigned from HTC, according to reports. Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho and President of Engineering and Operations Fred Liu have tendered their resignation from the Taiwanese smartphone producer, suggesting that the company's troubles are continuing, despite the most recent quarterly results reporting the first profit in a year.
HTC One M8 sales may have helped HTC revenues double for quarter
HTC's finances have turned around, thanks in part to the HTC One M8. The company's latest unaudited quarterly financial results claim to have made its first profit on a year, turning around last quarter's net loss of NT$1.88 billion ($62.8 million) to a small profit of NT$2.26 billion ($75.5 million), mostly due to a doubling of revenue compared to the last period.
Nexus tablet from HTC claimed to have 8.9-inch display, Tegra K1 processor
The rumored next Google Nexus tablet from HTC has allegedly surfaced, under the guise of the HTC Volantis. Believed to be called the Nexus 9, the Volantis is said to have an 8.9-inch 2048x1440-resolution display, giving it a pixel density of 281ppi, with the body also claimed to use a zero-gap aluminum construction, a departure from the earlier Nexus tablet designs.
Polycarbonate HTC One E8 retains majority of HTC One M8 specifications
HTC has confirmed rumors of a cheaper version of the HTC One M8, by launching the HTC One E8. The cut-price smartphone is functionally similar to the flagship in the majority of cases, though the biggest of relatively few design changes involves the use of a polycarbonate shell instead of metal, something which reduces the weight down to 145g (5.1 ounces) from the M8's 160g (5.6 ounces).
Report updates rumored extra HTC One M8 models with higher-resolution screens
HTC's upscaled versions of the One M8, currently rumored as the M8 Prime and Ace, could in fact be two devices under different names, according to a report. Two device variants are touted in a new rumor, with the "Plus" model likely to be the previously-named Prime, while the "Advance" will be a low-cost model using a plastic case instead of metal.
HTC One M8 Ace claimed to use plastic case to reduce cost
Two more versions of the HTC One M8 are on the horizon, rather than just one, according to new leaked images. The Prime version of the device is allegedly depicted in an animated gif, while a new model called the HTC One M8 Ace has also surfaced, suggesting the phone manufacturer will be making a slightly cheaper version of the flagship smartphone in a plastic case.
Prime edition of HTC One M8 claimed on Twitter
Samsung may not be the only company producing a "Prime" version of a smartphone, as a new rumor claims HTC will be doing the same for its HTC One M8. Just as suggested for the Galaxy S5 Prime, the HTC One M8 Prime will have a Quad HD 1,440x2,560 display measuring 5.5 inches, larger than the rumored Samsung device, and equaling that of LG's upcoming flagship.
Rear 4MP UltraPixel camera from HTC One M8 exchanged for normal sensor in mini 2
Following the launch of the HTC One M8, HTC has launched another miniature version of its flagship smartphone. The HTC One mini 2 shares the design of the full-scale counterpart, just as rumored earlier, but as its name suggests, it exchanges the 5-inch 1080p display for a smaller 4.5-inch 720x1280-resolution version, and just like the first HTC One mini, the internal specifications have also seen some changes.
HTC One versus Apple iPhone 5s
We recently reviewed the HTC One (M8) and were left in no doubt that HTC has delivered the most cohesive Android smartphone experience yet. There is a symmetry to its physical design and its Sense 6 Android-based software that makes it the most Apple-like smartphone experience that marks it as a standout package. Yet, there is nothing especially derivative about it. HTC has done something that few, if any consumer electronics companies done, which is to truly capture the essence of Apple's hardware design and software aesthetic without simply trying to rip off Cupertino. The iPhone 5s, on the other hand, stands as testament to Apple's legendary hardware and software design symmetry. It has taken this cohesion to new levels with its SVP of design Jony Ive leading both hardware and software efforts for the first time. How do the two devices compare in a head-to-head shoot out?
Duo Camera of HTC One M8 seemingly missing in HTC One mini 2
A second version of the HTC One mini is on the way, according to a leaked render. Images of what is believed to be the HTC One mini 2 appear to show the device will have a few minor external design tweaks and will be available in three colors, though unlike the full-size HTC One (M8), it will not sport the same secondary Duo Camera that allows it to perform after-the-fact refocusing.
Samsung follows close behind
Apple has topped a 2014 JD Power ranking of customer satisfaction among US smartphone owners. Each smartphone maker is scored according to metrics for performance, physical design, features, and ease of use, and relative to each of the four major US carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Apple is in first place with all four carriers, but trailed closely by Samsung.
Report claims Google considering switch from Asus to HTC for next Nexus tablet
HTC may be working with Google to produce the Nexus 8 tablet for a third-quarter release, according to a report. Marking a departure from its previous work with Asus for the Nexus 7 tablet, the move to partnering with HTC apparently stems from previous production discussions before Asus became involved, though there is also talk of it possibly being the last iteration of Nexus tablet.
The HTC One (M8) could be the best Android smartphone yet made
You could forgive HTC if it had decided to take a backwards step with the second generation HTC One. It is no secret that the Taiwanese company, once the Android market leader, has been facing massive difficulties in the face of the Samsung marketing onslaught. However, rather than play it safe with the new HTC One, HTC has produced its boldest high-end smartphone statement yet. Our first look at the HTC One (M8) suggests that it is easily the best smartphone HTC has released to date and is shaping up as the best Android smartphone made to date.
Advances in phone optics expected by HTC within 12 to 18 months
HTC is looking towards adding optical zooming to its smartphones, the company's camera expert has revealed. Symon Whitehorn advised in an interview that the company expects to see "huge advances in phone optics" in relation to optical zooming within 12 to 18 months, and suggesting a smartphone could reach a DSLR level of imaging performance in 18 to 24 months.
Low quarterly revenues could bounce back for HTC in next quarter
HTC is continuing its trend of poor financial results, with a loss in the first quarter that was lower than expected by analysts. The latest financial release shows quarterly revenues of NT$33.12 billion ($1.09 billion), giving the smartphone producer a net loss of NT$1.88 billion ($62.06 million) and an operating loss of NT$2.05 billion ($67.75 million).
Verizon starts pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S5, adds second device offer
Verizon is making the Samsung Galaxy S5 available to pre-order, ahead of the smartphone's April 11th global release. Priced at $200 up-front on a two-year contract, or alternatively for $25.55 per month under Verizon Edge or $600 off-contract, Phone Arena reports it can be bought as a "Buy One, Get One" offer, with a second Galaxy S5, an Ativ SE, or the HTC One M8 being offered free, also on a two-year contract.
Benchmark scores for new HTC One varies between benchmarks
Benchmark results for the new HTC One may not truly reflect the performance owners will see in daily use, it has been claimed. A report found the HTC flagship scored highly in one benchmark when compared to other recent releases, while a slightly different benchmarking app from the same developers scored considerably lower, suggesting there may be some benchmark-specific optimization occurring.
HTC news reader app, Zoe camera being prepared for non-HTC use
HTC is preparing to offer its BlinkFeed news reader app to all Android devices in the future. The app has appeared in Google Play but is currently available to download only on the new HTC One, along with a number of other apps associated with the Sense 6 Android user interface, and could be the first of a number of the apps set to appear on smartphones from other manufacturers.
Repairability score marginally higher than original HTC One
The new HTC One is just as difficult to repair by its users as the previous model, a teardown has revealed. Repairs outfit iFixit has given the latest incarnation of the HTC flagship smartphone a repairability score of just two out of a possible ten, which is a minor improvement on the score of one for the original when it was taken apart at the same time last year.