When Google announced Android L (later to be Lollipop) at its I/O event last year, HTC was one of the first companies to confirm its flagship handsets would get the software, even though L was six months away from release. Fast forward to this year, the same day Google unveiled Android M at I/O, and HTC has once again promised to deliver swift upgrades to the software when it is launched (likely this October or November).
HTC has been very busy so far this year and has released twelve smartphones in just five months. Yes, some of those were regional specific devices, or minor variants of existing models, but nevertheless 2015 has been all hands on deck for the company. Sales have been worryingly sluggish though as the One M9 flagship failed to impress a wide consumer base. A solid mid-range device available to all could be the answer to HTC's problems (at least short term), so the HTC A50C is something to look forward to.
HTC's Butterfly J series has often led the company in a pure hardware perspective, launched as Japanese exclusives these handsets are unlikely to ever be released elsewhere. The new J Butterfly fits all that well, it is the most decked out smartphone HTC has ever made, which is really quite something considering the smartphone flagship blitz the company has been on recently.
HTC has confirmed that that the HTC One M7 running on Verizon's network will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop on May 14th, which is tomorrow! The handset is the original of HTC's current flagship range, a stunning device even today and one that the company promised would get Lollipop way back last year when Google first announced the build at its I/O event.
Many people have been writing HTC off for a few years, but over the quarters the company has managed to make a profit and confound critics. The Taiwanese giant did that by launching well spec'd handsets with blazing designs, generally adding something interesting to the market. The One M7 and One M8 led that charge with all-metal designs and flagship specs.
HTC is going One M9 crazy; after launching the flagship the Taiwanese company has launched several variants of the handset. We don't think they should be doing that considering the M9 has hardly been a success so far, but HTC is carrying on and will be pushing out another one. The One M9ew, a plastic version of the M9+ has passed through TENNA.
The HTC One Mini 2 is barely a year old but today the Taiwanese company dropped a huge bombshell by saying the handset WILL NOT be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop. In a tweet HTC said that Lollipop and the One Mini 2 would not provide an optimum experience, without elaborating on quite why that is. That leaves the device back on good old KitKat.
HTC continues to confound critics after the company released its financial results for the first quarter of 2015 (January through March). The Taiwanese giant has posted a string of encouraging quarters in the face of analysts predicting sliding profits amidst increased competition. The United States market has been particularly tough for HTC in recent year, but the company even did well in the U.S. over the last three months.
HTC launched the One M9 Plus yesterday and while we loved the handset, we were scathing of the need to even release it. The device is going to be an exclusive in China and Asia, and HTC has confirmed that the One M9 will not be launched in Europe of the United States. That confirms what we already knew, putting an official stamp on the release of the smartphone flagship.
HTC really is on a high end blitz at the moment. The company has announced the One M9 Plus today, a handset that follows just a month after the reveal of the One M9 flagship, and a week after the high spec'd One E9 Plus. To top it off, HTC is also readying a Butterfly 3, which will also carry plenty of flagship hardware.