HTC are a falling company and it isn’t hard to see why. Disappointing flagships paired with high price tags go a long way in getting people to shy away from them. In an attempt to bounce back, HTC pulled back the covers of their new midrange smartphone, the One A9.
While the One A9’s specs are nothing to shout about, there are some reasons why you would want to get your hands on this shiny new device. Since it just got its official launch here in Malaysia, we thought we’d take a look at what some of those reasons are.
Turnarounds for the Taiwanese company has mainly been negative, from being a powerhouse in the smartphone world back in 2011, to most recently plummeting off the main stock exchange in Taiwan. Has their team finally smartened up by listening to its consumers? Nigel Newby-House, their head of product, talks about how the company intends to scale back on their custom UI, HTC Sense; bases that have been covered by Samsung on their TouchWiz skin, which now is a lot lighter than before.
As promised by HTC, they are now pushing its latest HTC Sense 6.0 update on last year’s HTC One M7. While it runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the new Sense 6.0 brings a couple of new features that were introduced on their current HTC One M8 flagship smart phone.
Apart from having a newer BlinkFeed interface, the latest Sense also brings Extreme Power Saving mode and a new UI for its camera and photo gallery. The Music and Sense TV app has been redesigned as well. If you haven’t received it yet, you can check the updates manually at Settings > About > Software Updates.
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The HTC One (M7) might be last year’s flagship device but the guys at HTC are still continuing to push their latest software upgrades for it. The latest HTC One M8 which runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat is skinned with their newer Sense 6.0, which offers a couple of refreshed UI features and touches.
HTC US President, Jason Mackenzie had tweeted that US and Canadian users should expect the latest Sense 6 to hit their current HTC One devices by end of May. While he didn’t mention when will the rest of the international units are getting it, it is likely to be rolled out within a few months.
So far HTC has been quite active in rolling out software updates for their flagship devices. Last year’s HTC One (M7) was launched with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and we saw a couple of incremental updates bringing it to the newer Android 4.2.2, Android 4.3 and most recently Android 4.4.2 KitKat a few months ago.
Since the previous One is running on Qualcomm’s chipset, hopefully we get to see longer software support than the previous HTC One X. The One X’s lack of software updates was blamed on its Nvidia Tegra 3 processor’s limited support for new software updates.
The all new HTC One is not just getting an upgrade in hardware as the new HTC Sense 6.0 user interface reveals a number of new software features as well. Firstly you’ll be able to double tap on the screen to wake the device up and there’s also a couple of swipe gestures which can be activated while the screen is off. For example on portrait mode, you can pick up the device and swipe upwards to immediately unlock the device. To take photos immediately, the camera app can be launched by simply holding the device in landscape mode while pressing the volume button.
To get a better idea on the new features of HTC Sense 6.0, watch the video after the break. You better be quick before the video gets pulled down.
The latest Android 4.3 update for HTC One is finally rolling out to official units in Malaysia. Apart from the new OS, the new software version 3.63.707.3 also brings a host of new improvements with HTC Sense 5.5.
For those who doesn’t use BlinkFeed as the default pane, the good news is that you now have the option to disable it completely. If BlinkFeed is something you use often, they have improved it with support for offline reading as well. HTC Zoe also gets some improvements as well where you can now select custom audio for the highlight videos and there’s also a new feature to create animated GIF from Zoe/Burst shots. Another nice touch is customisable Quick Settings and a new DND mode.
Similar to the HTC One Max, HTC is also giving additional 25GB of Google Drive storage to existing HTC One users with the latest update. If you are still not getting any notifications, you can update manually under Settings > About > Software Updates. First you’ll need to download a smaller software update patch which requires a restart. Once that’s done, only then you’re able to download the actual Android 4.3 software update which is about 678MB. We recommend that you switch to WiFi to update your device.
The current HTC Sense 5.0 on the latest HTC devices is rather refreshing with a clean and modern design. Now its upcoming HTC Sense 5.5 offers yet another revamp and interestingly lets you toggle BlinkFeed on or off. HTC’s BlinkFeed is the default home screen which pulls up your favourite content, RSS feeds and social stream in a nice graphical tiled format. Personally we prefer the typical home screen with a big time and weather widget followed by our frequently used shortcuts. At the moment, you can’t turn off blinkfeed and the only way to hide it is to move it to another panel and set a new one as your default home screen.
Apart from that, the new Sense 5.5 update allows you to customise the pull down quick settings panel and there’s also a new Do Not Disturb (DND) mode. In the imaging department, there’s also new features such as Dual Capture and a new Panorama+ mode. The recent apps interface is also tweaked slightly to display running apps with bigger tiles.
Apparently some of these changes are part of the Android 4.3 update that’s coming soon to HTC One and looks like the full HTC Sense 5.5 upgrade will come in the following update.
Head after the break for more sample screenshots.
The new HTC One comes with a redesigned HTC Sense 5 UI and it will soon come to more models including the 5″ HTC Butterfly, HTC One X/X+ and HTC One S. This discovery came from a reply comment on HTC’s Facebook.
You can very well expect BlinkFeed on the home screen, which is a customisable live tiles that pulls feed from selected content and sources. Another great improvement which we are looking forward to is the revised app switcher that displays up to 9 running apps on a grid layout.
Currently on the older sense, switching between apps can be a chore as you have to flip through a visual carousel that only displays one app at a time. Check out our hands-on here and here to get a better idea on what to expect with the new HTC Sense 5.
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This is the first official press photo of HTC’s newest flagship Android device, the One X. The One X is expected to make its global debut this Sunday and it appears that the styling of the device has undergone some tweaks since we first saw it a little over a week ago. The most obvious of these design tweaks is the removal of the “search” navigation button to reflect the Android 4.0 standard.
Information on specs is still sketchy at the moment but the persistent among these rumours say that the new HTC will feature a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD screen, a 8MP rear camera with a backlit sensor and NFC along with Sense 4.0.
Frankly speaking we’re kind of disappointed with HTC’s design language. It looks like they have moved very little from the Desire in terms of design. All HTCs look the same in our view, even this new one, it just looks like a bigger HTC Sensation. What do you think?
The HTC Incredible S was launched in Malaysia just few months ago, about the same time as the Nexus S. Priced just slightly below the RM2000 mark, the Incredible S looks rather attractive considering it looks like a smaller sibling to its larger Desire HD.
Apart from the screen size which differentiates the Desire HD’s 4.3″ from the Incredible S’s 4.0″, the difference lies with the internals. First up, the Incredible S has a larger 1450mAh battery compared to the Desire HD’s 1230mAh which on paper should provide longer battery life. The screen on the Incredible S is a better S-LCD variant and it is also said to be using toughen Gorilla Glass. There’s also a front facing 1.3MP camera but video calls are not supported on the Incredible S.
The rest of the hardware features are rather similar as it also runs on 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 single core processor and a generous 768MB of RAM. Internally, the Incredible S has 1.1GB of storage which is 400MB less than the Desire HD. At time of review, the Incredible S runs on Android 2.2 Froyo but its upcoming Android 2.3 Gingerbread update should be available by now.