It still feels as though the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P are barely out of the gates, but already thoughts are being cast to the next manufacturers of Google's smartphone series. Currently leading the way according to rumors is Taiwanese giant HTC, with the company apparently geared to make two Nexus smartphones in 2016.
HTC says it will start rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the T-Mobile variant of the One M8 on Jan. 25th, what is expected to be the last major Android update that the handset gets.
We have heard plenty about the HTC One X9, a smartphone that is expected to be a mid-range effort from the struggling Taiwanese company. The handset was certified by TENAA last month so we know its launch is imminent and now there are some leaked images of the device.
We know that HTC's Android 6.0 Marshmallow rollout is kicking off this month, with some variants of the One M8 already receiving the software, while the One A9 ships with the upgrade. So, what about the One M9, the handset that is really the company's current flagship? Well, the device is going to be getting Marshmallow sometime this month.
HTC is one of the only major mobile brands that has not released a wearable yet, despite a smartwatch from the company oft mooted. Indeed, it is widely known that HTC was actually on the brink of launching its first smartwatch two years ago but cancelled the product as the company did not see huge growth in wearables. However, apparently now is the right time to enter the market as HTC is rumored to be launching the One Watch.
We told you yesterday that the European version of the HTC One M8 is going to be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the coming weeks, although there was no word on the U.S. variant of the 2014 flagship. However, it seems as though HTC has been working quietly as the U.S. variant is apparently getting Marshmallow right now, according to some screenshots posted by users.
The European variant of the HTC One M8 is going to be receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the next two weeks according to ROM developer @LlabTooFeR, a source with a hugely credible track record. The 2014 flagship will also be getting something on top in the form of HTC's Sense 7.0 UI, which has so far been reserved to handsets the company has launched in 2015.
HTC's One M9 flagship is running out of steam, not that it was a sales hit to begin with, and to drag as much as possible from the admittedly excellent smartphone, the company has a special deal for U.S. customer today. Just for today, the company is giving away a free Desire 626 smartphone when a One M9 is purchased in the good ol' US of A.
Burned again. Yesterday we told you about the HTC One X9, a smartphone that will be arriving early next year that was reported to have blazing specs. We argued it should be the flagship the company should have delivered with the One A9, but were cautious because HTC's output has been patchy this year. Our misgiving proved correct as several reputed sources are saying today that the One X9 will not come with high end specs at all.
We have been pretty critical about HTC on these pages regarding two things, the company bombarding the market with high end smartphones, and the One A9 that was billed as a flagship but simply isn't one. It is an interesting position the company is in, not wanting to flood the market further, but also knowing that the A9 is simply not a competitor against similarly priced handsets.