Image: Is this the HTC One?

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Feb 112013
 

Another day, another HTC One (also known as the HTC M7) rumour. The usually reliable @evleaks is back today with a leaked press render of the HTC One:

Rumoured HTC One

The image is very similar to one leaked in mid-January. The major difference is that this time we see the screen and the new HTC Sense 5 user interface. It also shows a new navigation key configuration that drops the multitasking button, keeping only the Back and Home ones. It also hints at an aluminum chassis.

HTC is expected to unveil the HTC One as its latest flagship at a dedicated event on February 19th. Aside from its rumoured 1.7GHz quad-core processor, Google Android Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0 and 4.7-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, it will reportedly sport a new “ultrapixel” camera with three 4.3MP sensor layers.

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HTCSense.com shutting down for upgrade

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Mar 262012
 

HTCHTC today announced that it will be shutting down its HTC Sense portal, HTCSense.com, to do some renovations to “improve the services and value we deliver to customers like you.” As part of its overhaul, HTC will be deleting all existing data. It is giving users just over a month to download their data or lose it.

Until the new services are ready, features previously available on HTCSense.com will be shutting down. If you have been using HTCSense.com to sync your Contacts, Messages, Footprints or Call History, you can download your data through April 30, 2012. After April 30, your data will no longer be accessible and will be deleted.

It’s not clear at this time what services will be offered when its HTC Sense portal relaunches. HTC has promised that existing customers will be “among the first to know when the new and improved services are ready.”

HTC originally launched HTCSense.com back in 2010. It offered a backup service, location services (to find your phone if you have misplaced or lost your phone), contact management, a selection of tested applications, and more.

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MWC 2012: Summary of HTC’s press conference

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Feb 262012
 

HTC today took to the stage as Mobile World Congress kicked off. Along with the expected new line of flagship “HTC One” smartphone brand, HTC’s event covered a variety of new announcements.

The first key topic focused around taking pictures. According to HTC, this is now the second most common thing that people do with their phones. HTC’s new ImageSense promises to improve “every part of the camera: the lens, the sensor, software, UI.” The camera app will have an under one second startup time and a 0.2-second autofocus. Burst mode will be enabled simply by continuing to press down on the shutter button. Low-light operation has also been improved with the HTC One series to feature a f/2.0 lens and an improved sensor. Throw in HDR and dual-shutters to capture video and stills simultaneously.

HTC also announced an expanded partnership with DropBox. The company’s cloud storage service will be integrated into HTC Sense 4. HTC One users will receive 25GB of storage free for two years.

HTC then announced MediaLink which allows communications between HTC smartphones and a variety of TVs. Among the features it offers are a three-finger swipe that sends a picture or video to the nearest connected TV and both dual-display and mirror modes.

HTC Sense 4 also integrates Beats Audio. All music played, whether local or streamed, as well as any other sound coming from the smartphone will be processed by Beats. Music syncing will be done wirelessly and will support iTunes and other playlists.

Finally, it was time to get to the devices. Up first was the HTC One X (also referred to as the HTC One). It will be supported by the HTC One S and the HTC One V, the latter bringing back the chin seen on some earlier designs. More on these in the next post.

The HTC One line will launch globally starting in April. It will be HTC’s broadest launch with 144 mobile operators around the world committing to carrying HTC One devices.

HTC Ville with qHD Super AMOLED display revealed?

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Nov 092011
 

On the heels of the HTC Edge leaks come details about another upcoming HTC smartphone. BGR has landed details about the HTC Ville (its development codename) which should be unveiled at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2012. Here is what we know so far about the HTC Ville:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4.0
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA+
  • Display: 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with f/2.2 lens and 1080p video capture
  • Battery: 1,650mAh
  • Other: Beats Audio

The HTC Ville will not come with NFC due to its metal casing. It should be less than 8mm thick.

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HTC extends 5GB DropBox storage offer to all HTC Android phones

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Oct 252011
 

HTCHTC has expanded a recent partnership with DropBox to cover all its Android phones. Originally, the offer gave owners of HTC’s latest Android handsets (those running HTC Sense 3.5) an additional 3GB of cloud storage from the cloud storage provider. The 3GB came on top of the 2GB provided for free by DropBox to all its customers for a total of 5GB.

HTC announced via Twitter yesterday that this offer is now available for all its Android phones:

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with @Dropbox, bringing 5GB of storage to all of our #Android phones.

To take advantage of the offer, you will need to download the Dropbox app from the Android Market.

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HTC confirms Android security flaw and upcoming OTA fix

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Oct 042011
 

HTCHTC has confirmed that a number of its more recent Android smartphones are vulnerable to a security flaw in its HTC Sense software. The vulnerability was first reported by AndroidPolice.com this past weekend. Potentially malicious applications can easily gain access to information such as the account user list including email addresses, GPS location data, phone numbers from the phone log, SMS data and system logs.

HTC has issued the following statement:

HTC takes claims related to the security of our products very seriously. In our ongoing investigation into this recent claim, we have concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm to customers’ data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application. A third party malware app exploiting this or any other vulnerability would potentially be acting in violation of civil and criminal laws. So far, we have not learned of any customers being affected in this way and would like to prevent it by making sure all customers are aware of this potential vulnerability.

HTC is working very diligently to quickly release a security update that will resolve the issue on affected devices. Following a short testing period by our carrier partners, the patch will be sent over-the-air to customers, who will be notified to download and install it. We urge all users to install the update promptly. During this time, as always, we strongly urge customers to use caution when downloading, using, installing and updating applications from untrusted sources.

As per the statement, HTC is already working on a patch to address the issue. To date, the company has not provided a clear time frame as to when it expects to begin pushing it out over-the-air (OTA). In the meantime, customers are urged to download apps only from trusted publishers.

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Major security flaw found in HTC Android devices

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Oct 032011
 

HTCA worrisome security flaw has been found in the HTC Sense user interface found on HTC’s Android smartphones. According to a report by AndroidPolice.com, a number of more recent HTC devices (including the HTC EVO 3D, EVO 4G, and Thunderbolt) contain a vulnerability that lets other applications gain access to information such as the account user list including email addresses, GPS location data, phone numbers from the phone log, SMS data and system logs.

I’d like to reiterate that the only reason the data is leaking left and right is because HTC set their snooping environment up this way. It’s like leaving your keys under the mat and expecting nobody who finds them to unlock the door. For a more technical explanation, see the section below.

The security flaw is tied to a logging tool called HTCLogger in HTC Sense that insecurely collects private data for use by HTC (on anonymous basis supposedly). Any application on affected devices that makes a single android.permission.INTERNET (normally used by any app connecting to the Internet) will access the information.

The report adds that HTC was notified of the flaw on September 24th but did not respond for over five days. It has finally acknowledged that it is aware of the issue:

“HTC takes our customers’ security very seriously, and we are working to investigate this claim as quickly as possible. We will provide an update as soon as we’re able to determine the accuracy of the claim and what steps, if any, need to be taken.”

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HTC to offer 3GB of free storage with new DropBox partnership

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Sep 222011
 

HTCA new partnership between HTC and DropBox will see owners of HTC’s latest Android handsets get an additional 3GB of cloud storage from the cloud storage provider. The 3GB will be on top of the 2GB provided for free by DropBox to all its customers for a total of 5GB.

The offer will be available to existing HTC Sense 3.5 devices (like the HTC Sensation XE and HTC Rhyme) as well as future ones. It’s unclear if it will be extended to older devices. It is also unlikely to be offered to Windows Phone 7 HTC devices given that Microsoft already offers its own SkyDrive service with 25GB of storage.

The offer is set to start in October.

Oddly, I have found no official press release about this partnership. Maybe it will be formally announced in the near future.

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MWC 2010: HTC Legend and HTC Desire announced with new HTC Sense

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Feb 162010
 

HTC Desire

Aside from the HTC HD mini, HTC also unveiled two new Android-powered smartphones, the HTC Legend (machined from a single aluminum block) and the HTC Desire. Both come with an enhanced version of HTC Sense promising to “take Android to the next level.”

The latest version of HTC Sense adds a new application and widget called HTC Friend Stream that aggregates social network information into one organized flow of updates and a new newsreader application and widget. It also adds a new seven-screen ‘Leap’ thumbnail view to more easily navigate between screens. It also comes with a number of improvements to the browser, email client, and other applications.

Specifications:

  HTC Legend HTC Desire
Processor 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
Operating system: Google Android 2.1 with HTC Sense Google Android 2.1 with HTC Sense
Connectivity: Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) HSPA/WCDMA Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100MHz) HSPA/WCDMA
Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Display: 3.2-inch AMOLED HVGA touchscreen 3.7-inch AMOLED WVGA touchscreen
Input: Optical joystick, software keyboard Optical joystick, software keyboard
Memory: 384MB RAM and 512MB ROM 576MB RAM and 512MB ROM
Storage: microSD cards (up to 32GB) microSD cards (up to 32GB)
Camera: 5MP with auto-focus and flash 5MP with auto-focus and flash
Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB
Battery: 1,300mAh 1,400mAh
Other: FM radio FM radio

The HTC Legend will be available in Europe in April (including through Vodafone). It will roll out in Asia in Q2. The HTC Desire will be available in Europe and Asia in Q2. It will also be available in Australia exclusively from Telstra. There is no word on availability for both in North America.

HTC has also confirmed that the latest version of HTC Sense will be offered as a free upgrade for the HTC Hero in both Europe and Asia. Again, there is no word on an upgrade for the North American Heros.

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