HTC has confirmed the hiring of Paul Golden, former Samsung marketing officer for the US. Golden is credited with initiating and launching the ‘Galaxy’ line or brand that has seen Samsung catapult to not only the lead OEM of Android, but of the world. Golden’s tenure at Samsung lasted for four years between 2008 and 2012. The results of Paul Golden’s brilliance is there for all to see, and the effects are still being felt, with the Galaxy S5 stated as one of the fastest selling ‘Galaxy’ devices to date.
We all know how the story goes. HTC has released stellar devices in the past including the HTC One X, HTC One, and now the HTC One (M8). As great as these devices have been, HTC’s sales have paled in comparison to those of Samsung, although the Taiwanese company did return to profitability in Q4 of 2013. Recent advertising deals with Robert Downey Jr. have not done much to sway the masses, and the catch line — “ask the internet” is dwarfed by Samsung’s, “The Next Big Thing.”
HTC, as well as their fans, will be hoping that Golden will be able to work his magic like he did at Samsung. The truth is that you can have the best product in the world, but if no one knows about it, then no one will buy it. I’m glad that HTC has realised the importance of effective marketing, and have their eyes set on returning to profitability, and not only that, but to re-establishing themselves as a household name in the near future. When all is said and done, a device as beautiful as the MTC One (M8) needs to be known by all tech enthusiasts.
Google is finally taking some steps to increase awareness around Android branding When you start your Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 you’ll be presented with a new message below the usual boot-up logo. It’s “powered by Android”.
And the reason is, those who use any one of Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony for them it is hard to believe that they are using the same technology which has its roots in Android. And that’s the thing google want to change. Google is requiring all Android manufacturers that include its services on a device to prominently display the same “powered by Android” stamp.
Many manufacturers have deviated from what Android should be, so the new requirement may simply be intended to ensure there’s no confusion among smartphone buyers. A new report from Recode claims that the company recently met with Google to begin working out an agreement that could see Samsung’s software move closer to Google’s vision of Android. A source told Recode that the Samsung–Google relationship has gone through “a huge change, a sea change in the last few weeks.”
On Sunday, the two companies announced a broad patent cross-licensing deal that will see them share key intellectual property — another indication of an improved relationship. Though It’s unclear if this branding is part of the Google Play Services agreement that mandates default positioning and availability of Google Apps on these phones, or how long this mandate will remain in place, but this is something that will apply to all Android phones with access to the Google Play Store in the foreseeable future.
One thing we are sure that “powered by Android” logo on the Smartphone boot screen will put Android as a prominent brand in front of a millions of users in coming months.
The phone comes with 32GB internal storage, in addition to an SD-card slot, and 2GB of RAM. The device is available for $699 and will start shipping in 2-3 weeks. These are unlocked devices which get updates from Google faster as there is no OEM or carrier sitting in between to delay the OTA updates.
It’s for those who do want pure Android experience with great hardware as Google’s own Nexus hardware is often not top-notch.
It’s not every day that we get a leak of such proportions, but it has indeed happened. A you tuber, who seems to be a teen based on the sound of his voice, has published his hands on of HTC’s yet to be released HTC M8. He claims that he gets phones released earlier and that it’s a developer version, which is believable. Throughout the video, the colour, size, Skin (UI) and layout are plain to see. No, this is not your average blurry cam leak, this is the real deal.
The repercussions for such a leak are not yet known, but something tells me that HTC will not be pleased about this. The reviewer kept raving about how good the camera was — he tested the sound; questioning whether beats audio was still in tact, and, strangely, he highlighted what he claimed to be a Micro SD Card slot. For those who are unaware, HTC has dropped SD card slots on their flagships since the One X in 2012. It will be very interesting to see if they make a return to the slot considering that many fans still clamour for the extra storage space.
Other notable features were the on-screen buttons which I personally welcome with open arms, and a slightly bigger screen, which would align perfectly with rumours of a 5″ offering this time around. Because we know that you would have wanted to see the device yourself, we have embedded the video below for your viewing pleasure, while it is still on YouTube that is.
So, tell us what you think. Who’s getting fired tonight? Do you like the device? In my opinion, it looks better than it did in the leaked images. The original One was quite a formidable opponent, and with a 5″ screen, on-screen buttons and a better camera, I think that HTC made MWC’s phone of 2013 even better.
PS. This kid either has a very bright future ahead, or a difficult one depending on how things pan out.
It has long been rumoured that the S5 would feature a fingerprint scanner, much like the iPhone 5S and HTC One Max before it. Today, a report from SamMobile emphatically states that the S5 does indeed possess a fingerprint scanner, and they even go so far as to state how it is implemented and works.
SamMobile, with all their guts and glory, goes on record as stating that the physical home button (whether you Droid Heads like it or not) will house the famed and anticipated finger print scanner. This is quite opposite to recent rumours which suggested that it would actually be on the screen of the device. While we’re at it, we can also categorically confirm that there a no onscreen buttons to be had for the S5. Far from content with the breaking of the news, SamMobile went into great detail of how the sensor would work. They said:
The sensor itself works in a swipe manner, which means that you would need to swipe the entire pad of your finger, from base to tip, across the home key to register your fingerprint properly. Also, you would need to keep your finger flat against the home key and swipe at a moderate speed or else it won’t recognise your fingerprint. The fingerprint sensor is sensitive to moisture, as well. So, don’t try to use it with wet fingers because it will, literally, give you an error and tell you to dry your fingers first.
Provided that their sources are correct, Samsung has deviated slightly from the 5S, and their implementation more closely resembles that of laptop fingerprint scanners that have existed for quite some time. The scanner is not only to be used to unlock the phone, but each finger may be assigned to accomplish different tasks — similar to a shortcut of some kind. We imagine that the thumb may be used to quickly access messaging apps, and the pinky for your favorite game; or something of the sort. As with other passwords, it seems like the swiping actions may also be used to access private information or documents on your device; something that the privacy geeks among us will gladly welcome.
It seems like Samsung will go head to head with Apple again this year, and they will, barring some unforeseen catastrophe, maintain their spot as the ‘King of Android’. I just wish that they would have implemented on screen buttons like so many others are doing, but, they are the world wide leaders in sales after all; who am I to judge? Here’s to hoping that their implementation of the scanner works a lot better than HTC’s recent attempt with the One Max, and that their users grow to love it.
What do you make of the image you see above? Here you can see two HTC One smartphones with shattered screens, placed in the shape of a heart. The image is accompanied by a caption that reads “If only broken hearts were this easy to fix. Details 2/18.”
So what has HTC up its sleeve? Is a screen repair service in the works for HTC customers?
Going by the above image, Taiwan’s smartphone maker may be working on a scheme that would allow customers with broken devices to fix them. It’s difficult to guess at the moment whether it implies a fast screen replacement system or an exchange program.
Cracked screens are among the most common problems faced by a smartphone user. If an HTC repair service is going to be introduced soon, it would surely provide consumers with a quick and easy way to get their broken devices all fixed up.
One way or another, we should be able to find more soon as the company plans to share additional info on February 18, which is next Tuesday. Keep speculating till then…
Settling months of pending patent litigation between them, Nokia and HTC have signed a patent and technology collaboration agreement. The settlement means HTC will make payments to Nokia.
As part of the agreement, both companies will work together on HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, and also explore “future technology collaboration opportunities.”
“We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long-standing licensee for Nokia’s standards essential patents,” says Paul Melin, Nokia’s chief intellectual property officer.
The Finnish company filed lawsuits against rival mobile makers HTC, RIM, and ViewSonic in 2012 for infringing 45 of its patents around the world.
These companies were accused by Nokia of using technologies named in its patents to enable hardware capabilities such as “dual function antennas, power management and multimode radios”, but also in its software features, including “application stores, multitasking, navigation, conversational message display, dynamic menus, data encryption and retrieval of email attachments on a mobile device.”
Grace Lei, general counsel of HTC said, “As an industry pioneer in smartphones with a strong patent portfolio, HTC is pleased to come to this agreement, which will enable us to stay focused on innovation for consumers.”
As full terms of the agreement have not been disclosed by the two, it’s unclear how much HTC will pay to the Finnish mobile company.
A senior executive at HTC Corp. and five other employees has been charged with leaking company secrets and fraudulent expense claims. Taiwan prosecutors indict a former HTC Corp. executive for allegedly leaking company secrets and five other employees for falsifying expenses, and taking kickbacks, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Thomas Chien, HTC’s vice president of product design, is alleged to have leaked upcoming smartphone interface designs to a partner who he planned to start a new business with. Apart from this, the five HTC employees and Chien has reportedly also been charged for collectively receiving around 33.57 million New Taiwan dollars (US$1.12 million) by falsifying expenses and receiving kickbacks from suppliers.
Chien and the other HTC employees were first arrested in August under suspicion of fraudulent expense claims, as well as stealing trade secrets ahead of leaving the company to run a new mobile design firm in both Taiwan and mainland China. Engadget’s Richard Lai cites several Chinese sources as reporting that HTC “caught Chien secretly downloading files related to the upcoming Sense 6.0 UI design” and sharing the data with external contacts via email. HTC’s R&D director, Bill Wu, and design team senior manager, Justin Huang (who also personally sketched out the HTC One’s design), were reported to be among the other five facing charges at the time of the initial report.
HTC, on a media statement had this to say,
“The company expects employees to observe and practice the highest levels of integrity and ethics. Protecting the company’s proprietary and intellectual properties, privacy and security is a core fundamental responsibility of every employee. The company does not compromise nor condone any violation at any level of our organization and the company shall act in accordance to the law. As this matter is currently under investigation by the relevant authorities, we therefore refrain from further comments.
In addition, the company has sufficient resources in our design team and this situation will not impact the company’s operations, product portfolio plans and our overall business performance.”
An unwanted publicity for HTC shows how strong their Android phones are. According to a CNN report a store clerk was shot in the chest after a failed robbery. The bullet was stopped by the aluminum case of HTC EVO 3D Android phone which the clerk was carrying in his chest pocket.
The clerk actually did not realize that he was shot unless he noticed some chest pain while talking to the Emergency Service teams. That’s when he found his trusted and life saving friend with shattered glass.
HTC was quick to respond to the incident and posted on their Twitter page that they will be sending a brand new HTC One to the clerk.
Google has eventually succeeded in bringing the pure Google or Nexus experience to the flagship phones by companies like Samsung, Sony and HTC. HTC has announced that its ‘hottest’ device HTC One will come get a Google Nexus edition, which means users will be experiencing the ‘pure’ Android experience instead of HTC Sense skin.
The company says, “Now, we’re excited to offer HTC fans and admirers alike a new experience on what we think is the best hardware available today. Starting June 26, Google will offer a special edition of the HTC One with a “Nexus user experience” through the Google Play store.”
HTC One has garnerd wide spread appreciation for its ‘all-metal unibody’ design, which gives it an edge over Samsung’s plastikish phones. Since HTC already have a settlement with Apple, the company won’t have to worry about any lawsuits around it’s devices and can now focus on marketing and devices.
HTC One, with Nexus experience, will be sold for US $599 and will have an unlockable bootloader and 32GB of storage.