HTC has launched the One M9, the company's newest flagship smartphone. The Taiwanese company announced the handset at the Mobile World Conference here in Barcelona, but unfortunately it is not good news for those clamouring after something new and fresh. New is a fair description of the One M9 actually, but fresh most definitely is not as this is nothing more than an updated One M8, for all the good and bad that brings.
HTC postponed its smartwatch plans last year, and it seems the company is continuing to wait it out in launching a true smart wearable. Instead, the Taiwanese brand used its MWC event to announce its first wearable, a fitness tracker. HTC has been rumored for a couple of months to be launching a wearable at the expo in Barcelona and the company's recent deal with Under Armour suggested a fitness tracker would be the product launched.
HTC has announced that it will be live streaming its event at the Mobile World Conference where the company is expected to launch the One M9 flagship. March 1st, 7:00 am PT is the time when you can check out the start of the event that HTC is leading with the "Let them Stare" motto.
HTC's aging One M7 is starting to get its upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, at least if you have the unlocked and Developer Edition version. Now, users of the handset rocking the European version will also be treated to the latest and greatest on their One M7, a smartphone that is now nearly two years old.
HTC's upcoming One M9 flagship is grabbing all the headlines at the moment, but the Taiwanese company has plenty of other smartphones in the works too, such as a new Butterfly. While the One series is the bona fide flagship from HTC, the Butterfly devices have proved to be competent attempts at high end smartphones themselves. The company is now planning the Butterfly 3 according to tipster @Upleaks.
HTC's Desire 626 was announced in Taiwan last week as a competitor to the slew of entry level devices released by big brands over the last year. It comes with familiar specs for this level of the market, but also packs HTC's pleasing design language. One piece of the puzzle was left unsolved when the 626 launched, if it would be available beyond HTC's Taiwan homeland.
HTC's Zoe app is one of the better photo oriented features out there, and the company offers it in its One M8 and One M7 smartphones. However, Zoe also made its way to the Google Play Store as a dedicated application that can be downloaded by Android users on other handsets. Not all devices are compatible though, but a new update has given Zoe functionality to two more high flying smartphones.
HTC has been perhaps the most interesting company to follow in terms of wearables. The company is in a will it, won't it situation, delaying its smartwatch last year but now likely to announce it alongside the One M9 smartphone flagship at MWC next month. However, it seems as though HTC will have one more surprise up its sleeve and will make its smartwatch cross platform.
HTC has completed its Android 5.0 Lollipop preparations for the One M8 flagship on time, as it said it would within three months of the software's release. However, once the update is in the hands of the carriers it is up to them as to when the patch reaches your handset. Luckily, T-Mobile is acting fast and the HTC One M8 is now receiving the update on the Magenta network.
HTC rolled out its first full tablet last year, the problem is, the Nexus 9 is more associated with Google and Android than it is the Taiwanese company. That's because HTC produces the table to fly Google's Nexus banner. However, the smartphone maker is going to enter the slate market on its own two feet in 2015 using the Nexus 9 as a blueprint, according to reports.