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HTC to return to tablets with Google’s Nexus 9

Published by on Sep 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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HTC has been rumoured to be partnering with Google on the next Nexus tablet for a while now, and today we’re hearing more confirmation on that front. It has actually been three full years since the last time we saw a tablet from HTC, and they haven’t made a Nexus device since 2010!

The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, claims that Google has selected HTC over other manufacturers for its upcoming tablet, with HTC executives flying to Google’s Mountain View headquarters to work on the project. (more…)

Huawei boss says Tizen won’t be successful (Updated)

Published by on Sep 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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Although few and far between, there are some people out there who are fans of anything other than Android or iOS. Many were happy to hear Tizen would add more flavour to the mobile operating system market, but unfortunately it has seen a rocky start to get off the ground.

In an interview, Richard Yu (who heads up the company’s consumer business group) spoke about the company’s plans regarding Tizen, Windows Phone and a long-rumoured homegrown OS, and basically said they were all doomed. (more…)

Google launches $100 Android One smartphones (Updated)

Published by on Sep 19th, 2014, 1 Comment

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As we were expecting, Google revealed the first Android One phones at an event in India yesterday. Three companies will be vying for supremacy in India with their Android One offerings, the version of the Android software specifically built for low-cost devices. Google promised manufacturers their engineering expertise, enabling them to build smartphones delivering a great user experience on very cheap hardware.

The three companies that will be offering these Google-backed phones will be Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles. So what can you really expect from a $100 Android smartphone approved by Google? (more…)

HTC releases Lock-Screen app on Play Store

Published by on Sep 12th, 2014, No Comments

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HTC has been on a roll this year when it comes to its recent software updates. Recently they released an Android wide version of their popular Zoe application alongside many other HTC related apps and updates. The company realises that updates and bug-fixes are critically important and should not only be rolled out in full OS overhauls. In Bandwidth Blog’s recent review of the HTC One M8 I stated that one big drawback of the M8 was the lack of a decent integrated lock screen application. Seems like HTC has heard my pleas… (more…)

This HTC One M9 concept is stunning!

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, 2 Comments

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The mobile industry is going into a bit of a lull over the next couple of months. IFA 2014 is now over as well as Apple’s launch of its latest flagship. So what’s next?

We have just reviewed the HTC One M8 and think it a cracker of a device. Unfortunately we had to wait a while for it to launch on our shores, which means it is almost 6 months old. As you might have gathered from the latest devices and launch cycles, the world has pretty much moved on from the “one flagship a year” business (especially Sony). (more…)

HTC’s “Double Exposure” event to take place on the 8th of October

Published by on Sep 11th, 2014, No Comments

HTC OneSo September the 9th has come and gone and the tech world is already preparing for the next big launch. Obviously the ball is now back in the Andriod court and HTC will have the first swing. Their event will take place on the 8th of October in New York City and is titled “Double Exposure”. Quite obviously the name refers to the current HTC One M8′s dual camera system and the future applications thereof. We are not yet quite sure what HTC will present but we can speculate… (more…)

HTC One M8 Review: The One who would be king

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

HTC_007On the day we are eagerly awaiting the new iPhone model we usually reflect back on the years’ latest and greatest in the world of flagship smartphones. This year we have seen some great devices being produced by the top names in the industry. Samsung elicited shock and awe with their latest Galaxy S5 and their trademark over-the-top marketing, Sony presented their hardware powerhouse Xperia Z2 and LG built on their ever increasing pedigree with the G3. Today we will see the last of the so-called “Big 5” release their 2014 model.

“But I only count 4 there!”, I hear everybody saying. And you would be correct. The missing smartphone would be the HTC One M8. Much like the brand philosophy of HTC the One M8 has quietly gone about its business. This beautiful phone is probably the hardest device to find when you walk into any Vodacom, MTN or Cell C store. Why? Because HTC is known for the best design on the market, advanced hardware and an all-round brilliant package. Bandwidth Blog was lucky enough to get our hands on the One and this review will surely back-up all of these statements. (more…)

Huawei also to release an Android Wear smartwatch

Published by on Sep 8th, 2014, 2 Comments

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Having built up a consumer-facing business over recent years with smartphones and tablets, Huawei made its first move into wearables this year with a fitness tracker-cum-smartwatch (pictured above).

The company is far from finished in this burgeoning product category, though, as Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu has told us the company’s prepping another wearable that’ll launch next year — this time running Android Wear. He wouldn’t reveal too much more during an interview at IFA, but said it’ll be both “innovative and beautiful.” (more…)

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