Remember a couple of months ago when all the mobile heavyweights were launching smartphones? HTC was one of the company's that was reportedly ready to jump on the wearable trend and even had a product ready. However, the Taiwanese company decided to pull the plug on its first smartwatch, saying at the time that the market was not ready and was too crowded. That decision was upheld, but the company is not turning its back on wearables completely and will launch a smartwatch in March.
HTC announced way back at Google's I/O event (when Android 5.0 was first announced) that it would update its One M8 and One M7 smartphones to the new platform within 90 days of its release. The company reconfirmed that commitment when Android Lollipop launched last month and it looks as though the Taiwanese giant will better its promise.
HTC raised the curtain on the solid mid-range Desire 620 back last month, and the handset is expected to land in the company's Taiwan homeland this month. Any brief worries that this would be an Asian exclusive smartphone have quickly been dashed as HTC confirmed the Desire 620 is also bound for Europe in January.
There are already some solid spec rumors doing the rounds regarding the upcoming HTC One M9, but now we are having our first look at a possible piece of the device. The image you see above is claimed to be the front panel of the flagship, and it looks like HTC is making a device that has very little in terms of bezel.
After a short delay it seems that HTC is finally ready to begin rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop to the One M8 Google Play Edition. Mo Versi, a company executive, confirmed on Twitter that HTC had received the necessary data approval from Google and is now pushing out the 5.0 bump for the One M8 GPE over the air (OTA).
T-Mobile had some solid Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales this year so I imagine plenty of you got a bargain from the Magenta Network. The Uncarrier is not finished though as it has a deal that is running through the whole of the Holiday Season to the end of the year. Customers can now grab either the HTC One M8 or HTC One M8 for Windows at a cut price, with both losing $50 off their normal price.
HTC is of course preparing to update its current One M8 smartphone flagship with the M9, a device that will land during the early months of 2015. The handset is already deep into development and that means one thing this early in the game... leaks. There are now reports coming from China and other Asian regions about the specs for the One M9.
HTC has confirmed the launch of the Desire 620, the company's latest budget/mid-range smartphone that features a 64-bit processor. We leaked the device earlier in the week, but there are actually two different variations of this same smartphone available, each one rocking a different processor.
HTC apparently has another new smartphone in the works, a new Desire 820 that will fill the space between budget and mid-range for the company. According to Bulgarian website Nixanbal.com, the device is coming soon and they even managed to get their hands on one, revealing it to be typical HTC fare.
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.