The smartphone gold rush in recent weeks has spread to HTC, which has announced a special edition version of the HTC One that is so limited only five people will be able to say that they own the 18-carat gold Android phone.
Sprint is sending the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update to the HTC One starting today. Jason Mackenzie of HTC America just tweeted that Sprint will begin the rollout today and multiple users have already reported that they are able to see the latest version of Jelly Bean. Not all users will see the update at once, but users can check by going to Settings > About phone. Android 4.3 adds the longer battery life when using Bluetooth, restricted profiles, Blinkfeed adjustments, and various improvements to the Sense user interface.
AT&T will be very busy this week. In addition to selling the Moto X through Moto Maker and launching the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, AT&T also confirmed that it will debut the HTC One Mini. A smaller and lower-specced version of the HTC One, the One Mini has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and a 4.3-inch Super LCD display with 720p resolution. The phone will sell for $99.99 when purchased on a two-year agreement beginning August 23.
Beats Audio, purveyors of the ubiquitous flashy headphones and audio technology branding in other electronics, is reportedly looking to end its partnership with HTC.
Finally. Verizon Wireless today confirmed that it will debut the HTC One on its network August 22. Verizon will be the last of the four major carriers in the U.S. to sell the One, which debuted in April. The HTC One will cost $199.99 on a two-year agreement and support Android 4.2.2 software with Sense UI. The phone will be available in the silver color option for the aluminum unibody design.
Sprint recently announced an exclusive color for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and the Now Network will also have an exclusive color for the HTC One. Already available in silver or black, a red HTC One will go on sale beginning August 16. One might expect Verizon, nicknamed Big Red, as the carrier that would offer a red smartphone, but Red hasn't even delivered its standard HTC One color options. Sprint snagged the exclusive and has a temporary sale associated with it. Anyone who purchases an HTC One for $199.99 with a two-year agreement by August 30 will be able to get a second device for free. The phone
HTC is teasing that it has "Big things ahead," and those big things are likely in reference to a larger version of the HTC One, known as the HTC One Maxx, that has a 5.9-inch display. Wait, is that Robert Downey, Jr.?
The HTC One comes in two flavors, but choosing either the Sense or Google Play versions isn't easy, as evidenced by our HTC One Sense vs. HTC Google Play review. However, a new firmware package makes it possible to switch between the two with relative ease.
HTC is in the process of shuffling the deck of its executives and their duties. Among the changes is Jason Mackenzie's appointment as the new leader of HTC America and Mike Woodward being placed in charge of Emerging Devices. What are Emerging Devices?
HTC has finally confirmed that it will launch a smaller version of its best smartphone, the HTC One, that will scale down certain aspects of the device's hardware. The new HTC One Mini will soon rewrap the HTC One into a shiny but smaller package.