HTC has been churning out small profits through much of 2014, so there's no surprise to see the company made money through the year and recorded growth. Still, analysts are relatively down on the company despite its strong portfolio of smartphones. It was predicted that 2014 would result in further decline, but the company confounded critics.
All talk of HTC so far this year has been about the company's upcoming HTC One M9 flagship. However, the Taiwanese giant had a solid 2014 off the back of other handsets too, namely the Desire range. HTC is already working on more models in the extensive series that covers numerous price points, and the newest device is a Desire handset with the code-name A55.
HTC promised that it would update its HTC One M8 and One M7 flagships would be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop within three months of the software's release. That three month windows ends on February 1 and just like last year it seems that HTC will miss the deadline, at least partially.
HTC is almost certainly readying Android Lollipop 5.0 for its HTC One M8 flagship, the company said the update would come by the end of this month. The first move towards that is now happening as the Taiwanese company is updating its own Sense UI to a Lollipop ready version, with its international One M8 getting the patch now.
HTC is expected to launch the new HTC One M9 flagship at the Mobile World Conference (MWC) through the first week of March, but the company has another smartphone lined up too. There will also be a new addition to the mid-range/budget Desire series, namely the HTC Desire 626, a handset that should slot nicely into the mid-range bracket.
AT&T has a new Android update in store for its HTC One M8, but don't get too excited as it is not the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Instead the network is getting around to issuing the Android 4.4.4 patch, the last build of KitKat. On top of the Android release, AT&T is also adding HD Voice support and updates from the Visual Voicemail and Ready2Go apps.
Bloomberg has waded in on the rumor that HTC will ditch its UltraPixel technology for the upcoming One M9 smartphone flagship. It has been oft reported that the Taiwanese giant will get rid of the 4MP rear snapper from previous One models and will replace it for a 20.7MP lens from Sony that will come with HTC's own EYE Experience software.
Rumors of an HTC built smartwatch has been around for some time, and the company even admitted that it shelved its wearable until the market is more mature. Recently a HTC marketing employee told me that the company will roll out its first smartwatch alongside the One M9 flagship at MWC in March. There are now more reports today that the watch will arrive at the mobile event in Barcelona in six weeks' time.
The clock is ticking on HTC's promise to update its One M7 and One M8 flagships to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the company promising the bump before the end of this month. We know when those devices will get the new Android build, but what about some of HTC's other smartphones? Well, according to Phone Probe, a new leak from HTCViet reveals when other HTC products will get a lick of Lollipop.
HTC's One M8 flagship is almost ready to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the update to Google's latest and greatest version of its mobile platform ready in one or two weeks. That's according to LlabTooFer, a tipster with an accurate track record on delivering information on HTC.