HTC's One M8 has been a hit for the company and has been driving the brand back to profitability, but while the Taiwanese giant has padded out its portfolio it has struggled with declining market share in key markets like the United States and China. In China however it seems as though HTC is finally enjoying a big success with news that its Desire 820s has gone down like the proverbial house on fire.
Black Friday is still a week away, but some companies are kicking their deals into action a bit earlier, such as Sprint. The carrier has decided to slash the price of the HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon Edition by a huge amount, making this one of the best smartphone deals you will find over the Black Friday period.
HTC's One M8 landed on Windows a couple of months back and was limited to just Verizon at first. At the start of this month the device made an appearance on T-Mobile's website and the carrier said that the smartphone flagship was "coming soon" and was not yet ready for roll out. Well, the good news is that the One M8 for Windows Phone is now ready to go and will be available from tomorrow.
If you are an Android purist rocking either the HTC One M8 or M7 Google Play Editions then you are in for some good news. The Pure Android packing devices look as though they are now going to get the much anticipated update from Android 4.4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop, just a weeks after Google's latest and greatest landed. HTC's VP of Product Management was asked on Twitter when the Google Play flagships would be getting a taste of Lollipop and the reply was:
HTC's One M8 flagship has held up pretty well considering it is an aging flagship. Since its launch at the start of the year the device may have been surpassed by a few in terms of specs, but its winning metal design and overall good package make it a formidable smartphone even now. However, the M8 is now entering its final few months as HTC's lead handset, so how about a new flagship, how will that be?
HTC has already confirmed that it is showing its flagship range some Android 5.0 Lollipop love, announcing that the One M7 and the newer One M8 flagships will be getting Google's latest and greatest within 90 days. The clock is ticking on that deadline, but HTC makes a load of other smartphones besides those metal clad high enders, what about them getting a lick of the Lollipop?
After building and launching the Nexus 9 with Google it seems that HTC has the taste for making tablets as the company has said there will be more slates on the way. The Taiwanese company has made tablets before, but never really took the niche seriously until the Nexus 9 and has never been a major player in the tablet market.
HTC has reiterated its commitment to update the HTC One M7 and One M8 to Android 5.0 Lollipop within 90 days. When Google announced the new version of its mobile platform (Android L as it was then) HTC said that it would be updating this year's and 2013's flagship within three months of Lollipop's release.
HTC's more aggressive handset strategy continued today with the company launching a new smartphone, although this is mere a variation of one of HTC's other devices. The new Desire 820s is a variation of the recently launched Desire 820, a handset that was launched at IFA back in September. The new version will land aside a growing 820 range that also now includes a Mini version.
HTC continued its road to recovery through the third quarter, but the according to the company?s latest financials it is a long road ahead. The Taiwanese giant has now recorded two profitable quarters in a row, following a string of losses for the 18 months previously.