Looks like Marshmallow has finally hit a smartphone with a HTC name, at least in our region. Sense is now version 7 too with the ROM version listed as 6.14.707.1. Surely this is great news for One M8 owners and paves the way for more OEMs to get Marshmallow and all the goodies that come along with.
The Taiwanese company appears to be one of the first few manufacturers that have managed to get the latest version of Android up and running on their devices. Though we’re not sure what other models will receive the update as there’s no official statement from them yet.
We received the tip from h_1_s that the HTC One M8 has received an OTA update earlier today; sharing with us the screenshot you’ll see after the break.
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HTC is finally rolled outs its Android 5.0 Lollipop update for HTC One M8 users in Malaysia. The release fulfils its promise of keeping its latest flagships to the current Android versions within 90 days of release. In a surprise move, Samsung had earlier released its Galaxy S5 Lollipop update within the first few days of 2015.
For the HTC One M8, brings a couple of changes to its interface particularly on its lock screen, recent apps and notifications. The HTC Sense UI isn’t changed dramatically as it still based on Sense 6.0, which is the same as the previous Android 4.4.4 KitKat version. The OTA (Over the Air) update is quite a huge one at about 650MB, so it is recommended to download this over a fixed WiFi connection. If you haven’t received any notification yet, you may check manually at Settings > About > Software. HTC is also expected to extend the same Lollipop updates for the HTC One E8 and HTC Butterfly 2 within Q1 this year.
Thanks @hafi7_cr7 for the tip!
If you’re using the HTC One M8, the latest EYE Experience update is rolling out now and it is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The update is being pushed over the air (OTA) and it is about 300MB in size. If you haven’t received any notification yet, you can check manually under Settings > About > Software.
The latest EYE Experience was introduced together with its selfie-centric Desire EYE and it offers a suite of new camera features. For selfie lovers, would appreciate its single hand capability, so you can focus on framing the shot and it will take the shot automatically. There are also other nifty features like Split Capture, Face Tracking, Live Make up and more. To get better acquainted with the new EYE Experience, check out the tutorial videos after the break.
The HTC Desire Eye won’t be the only HTC device that would have all fancy camera features thanks to their Eye Experience. Fortunately, HTC still has not forgotten their flagship the HTC One M8, and has started rolling out their Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for all users to enjoy. The 250MB+ update not only brings it up to the latest version of Android, but also includes security fixes, as well as the Eye Experience camera software. The software said to bring improvement to the One M8’s camera, by adding new features that’s focused on the front-facing camera.
One of the many new features include Face Tracking, a feature that’s capable of tracking up to 4 faces during video chat. Another would be Split Capture, that allows you to capture photos using both the front-facing and rear camera at the same time.
Beautifying filters have been quite the trend lately, and the Eye Experience has added that feature, called Live Make Up, smoothing out your skin for the perfect selfie. The last notable feature would be the Photobooth, where the camera would capture 4 selfies, and merge them into a single image, providing more clarity and definition, in which the One M8’s cameras so desperately need.
The update is currently being pushed out for devices in Europe, along with other countries following up shortly. The firmware version is 3.28.401.6, which varies according to region.
You can discover the latest Eye Experience by watching the official videos after the break.
Is a two-camera set up better than one? The guys at PhoneArena had compared the Duo 4MP Ultrapixel cameras of the HTC One M8 against its new One E8 that comes with a mainstream 13MP shooter. The One E8 is the affordable answer of its One M8 where it swaps metal for plastic and it is coming very soon to Malaysia. With a single camera, the One E8 would be lacking the uFocus feature where you can change the focus area after the shot is taken with the One M8.
Drilling down to its camera specs, the Duo Camera set up on the One M8 is has a 1/3″ sensor that shoots 4MP pictures with a bigger f/2.0 aperture and 2 micron pixel size. Meanwhile, the One E8 has a similar 1/3″ sensor size but it takes pictures at a higher 13MP resolution. It gets a smaller f/2.2 aperture and each pixel is about 1.12 microns. On paper, the One E8 is gonna take a hit when it comes to low light photography but it should get greater details from its higher pixel count.
The latest Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is now rolling out to HTC One M8 users in Malaysia. It is over 650MB in size and we recommend updating the software using WiFi.
Apart from the usual security and stability updates, the software also improves the One M8’s wireless connectivity as well as tweaks to its native apps including Camera, Gallery and Settings. If you haven’t received any notification, you can check manually at Settings > About > Software on your phone.
Thanks @en_kermit for the tip!
The Dot View case for the HTC One M8 has gotten a new software update which gives it more features and a lot more customisation. The flip cover with its perforated design offers a dot matrix view of status and notifications on top of its Full HD display.
With the new Dot View software update, you can customise the background image with your own photos and browse through previous notifications by swiping left or right. Apart from that, you can also redial the past 3 numbers without opening the front cover.
If you haven’t updated the Dot View app, head over here.
The HTC One M8 Duo Camera set up at the back allows you to enhance depth-of-field after the picture has been taken. While this “Refocus” implementation is done more effectively through its twin camera hardware, the software unfortunately has very limited controls where the background is often blurred excessively.
To give users some level of adjustment, HTC has updated its Gallery app where you can adjust the intensity manually. The new Gallery update also benefits other HTC models that are running on Sense 6.0 such as last year’s HTC One M7. It adds extra functions such as Dimension Plus and Pan 360.
You can update the Gallery app manually through Google Play Store here.
The HTC One E8 is a cheaper alternative to the metal clad HTC One M8. While the 5″ display, internal hardware and BoomSound stereo speakers are retained, the HTC One E8 ditches the Duo Ultrapixel Camera set up for a 13MP BSI f/2.2 unit and comes in a lighter plastic body. As it is making its debut in China, the One E8 comes with Dual-SIM slots. The first nano-SIM slot supports 3G/4G LTE, while the secondary slot settles for 2G connectivity.
To see how it stacks up against the rest, we compared the vital numbers of the One E8 against its One M8 sibling and the rest of the high-end smart phones today. You can click on the image above for a larger view. With the One E8 using polycarbonate plastic, it is 15 grams lighter than the One M8 but gains 0.5mm in thickness. Another difference not shown here is the lack of IR Blaster and MHL connectivity on the One E8 which are present with the One M8.
In terms of price, the HTC One E8 is said to be priced at 2,800 Yuan in China. That’s about RM1,445 when converted directly and almost a thousand Ringgit cheaper than its metal clad brother. If it is RM800 cheaper than the One M8, would you go for the cheaper and plastic alternative? That price alone would definitely give even the Oppo Find 7a a run for its money.
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With the announcement of LG G3 this morning, we now have 2 flagship smart phones with Quad HD display. That’s of course before Lenovo launches its Vibe Z2 Pro with a larger 6″ screen. To find out how the LG G3 stacks up, we compared it with the Oppo Find 7/7a, OnePlus One, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2.
In terms of specs, the LG G3 has very similar internals with the Oppo Find 7. Both are running on the latest Quad Core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and a similar 5.5″ Quad HD display with 538ppi pixel density. In its high-spec variant, the LG G3 also packs 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage and a 3,000mAh capacity battery as well.
The major difference is in the camera. While the LG G3 also packs a 13MP sensor from Sony, it uses the older IMX135 sensor instead of the newer IMX214 that’s found on the OnePlus One and Find 7/7a. Having said that, the LG G3 has an advantage of having an Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS+) and a Laser AF feature to capture moments quicker with less blur.
Dimension wise, the LG G3 is thinner, lighter and even narrower than the Oppo Find 7. It is just as thin as the OnePlus One at 8.9mm but manages to weigh just 149 grams, which is 4 grams more than the lightweight Galaxy S5 that comes with a smaller 5.1″ display. With a metallic back shell, the LG G3 looks quite premium with a similar looking finish as the HTC One M8.
It is a pity that we won’t be getting this in Malaysia through official channels but who knows, LG might just make a come back with their mobile business. Alternatively, we can only wait for our enterprising grey importers to offer the LG G3 locally. The folks at Samsung and HTC are not resting on their laurels as they are expected to introduce their new flagship devices with Quad HD display in the form of Galaxy S5 Prime and HTC One M8 Prime. If LG plans to win big, they better roll out as soon as possible as their rivals like Samsung are quick to go to market in multiple countries in just a short time.
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