As sexy as the HTC One is, it is doomed to failure if the company doesn't quickly shake things up.HTC's design and software teams did their jobs in creating an attractive, unique, and premium-feeling phone, taking Apple's love for metal construction and taking it to the next logical progression. But guess what? HTC's One family of phones met with similar critical praise last year, yet failed to reverse its flagging revenue and profits. While HTC has had a history of showing off buzz-worthy products, dating back to the first Android smartphone in the G1 and … Read more
HTC's brand-new flagship smartphone, the HTC One, is a gorgeous piece of all-aluminum smartphone machinery by any standards. CNET's Brian Bennett went hands-on with the Android Jelly Bean phone before today's launch event.
With dual audio speakers, a new Beats Audio feature in BoomSound, and a rebooted version of the HTC Sense interface layer that includes a new element called Blink, and an IR blaster to act as a TV remote, the HTC One certainly packs some interesting extras.
HTC's flagship device should appear in the U.S. in March for T-Mobile, AT&T, and … Read more
Take that, Apple.
HTC believes it has one-upped its competition -- including the marquee iPhone 5 -- with its latest flagship smartphone. The HTC One features an all-aluminum construction that the company believes will set the phone apart at retail stores.
"This takes premium to the next level," Scott Croyle, HTC's design guru, said in an interview with CNET. "It feels more premium than anything I've felt out in the market."
Croyle talked about the importance of making a good first impression with consumers, something that has become critical with HTC's competitors all … Read more
Nothing sums up the HTC One's new look better than its revamped clock-and-weather widget.
Gone is the trademark retro flip clock, which has been a fixture on marquee HTC Android phones since the Hero debuted more than three years ago, and in its place is a simpler, more digital-looking virtual time display. Next to it is a modern icon to represent the weather, a far cry from the colorful graphics found in previous phones.
As the clock is so intimately tied to HTC's identity, it was not an easy decision, nor one that was universally supported. HTC's … Read more
With its new flagship phone, the 4.7-inch HTC One, HTC has made the seemingly baffling choice of opting for a 4-megapixel camera, instead of an 8- or 13-megapixel unit of the kind seen on the high-end smartphones of its rivals. That doesn't seem to bother the Taiwanese firm, however, which insists that dropping the megapixel count on its "Ultrapixel" camera is "doing the right thing for image quality."
The company unveiled its latest Android smartphone today in a global launch that included simultaneous events in New York and London.
HTC is getting even more serious about its push to streamline. Following up on last year's vow to trim its product lineup, the company unveiled one device, simply called One. There will be no variation in which carriers get which phones: 150 wireless service providers will sell it, including AT&T, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile USA in the U.S.
HTC President Jason … Read more
HTC's big event today isn't enough to overshadow an issue the company is having with Germany's customs officers.
According to the company, customs officers at the Frankfurt-Hahn airport held up HTC device shipments between February 4 and February 10. The seizure resulted from an ongoing patent war HTC is waging against patent-licensing company IPCom.
HTC has been battling IPcom over alleged patent infringement for years. In 2011, IPCom slapped HTC with a cease-and-desist order. Last year, however, HTC won a key ruling against IPCom after a court said … Read more
HTC will try yet again to mount a comeback with a flagship smartphone, and you can get all the details right here.
HTC is planning a global launch of its latest big product at an event that kicks off at 7 a.m. PT today. The company is readying simultaneous events in New York and London, and CNET will be at both. Brian Bennett, photographer Sarah Tew, and I will be in New York, while Luke Westaway will be stationed in London.
CNET will offer real-time news updates, photos, and running commentary throughout the event.
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HTC's anticipated flagship phone, reportedly dubbed the HTC One, won't be officially revealed until tomorrow, but it's already been cloned.
GizChina reports that the GooPhone One is based on the HTC One (also known by the code name M7) and was being shown off in renderings a few days before the HTC media event.
GooPhone is well known in China for producing remarkably similar knock-offs of popular smartphones and made headlines last year when it threatened to sue Apple over the iPhone 5 design patents in China.
The speed with which GooPhone manages to clone hardware seems … Read more
The HTC One, expected to be the Taiwanese smartphone maker's next flagship handset, is set to launch in the U.S. on March 22, according to a report on fan site HTC Source.
Formerly code-named M7, the HTC One with 32GB of storage will debut on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint for $199.99 with a two-year contract, unnamed sources tell the blog. A 64GB model will sell for $299.99.
Earlier reports said the handset would debut in Europe on March 8.
The new device is expected to sport a 4.7-inch 1080p HD display, a 1.… Read more