New Sense UI With BlinkFeed Ported To DROID DNA

The HTC One is not even widely available and the latest version of Sense UI used on the handset has already been ported to the previous HTC handset – the DROID DNA. A developer over at XDA forums has worked hard to bring the latest Sense UI to the current Verizon flagship of the Taiwanese maker.

Below is a video of the latest Sense UI in action on the DROID DNA -:

The whole ROM based on Sense 5 UI is still a bit buggy though with a few basic features not working properly. One of the new Sense 5 feature, Zoe, is also not working but it should not be long before the developer fixes the issue. However, the new BlinkFeed homescreen works flawlessly and can be customized according to your liking as well.

HTC has already confirmed that it will be bringing the latest Sense UI to some of its older devices including the DROID DNA. However, knowing HTC, the company is going to take its own sweet time to bring the new UI to DNA and will not be implementing certain features that make use of the new hardware on the One, including Zoe.

Specs For HTC’s Next Facebook Phone Confirmed

Specifications for HTC’s next “Facebook phone” have been confirmed. The device will go under the name ‘HTC Mystic’ and will offer a set of mid-range specifications. The smartphone will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The device will not allow users to use SD cards for expansion. As far as the display goes, the device will offer 4.3-inches of 720p screen real-estate at 320 pixels-per-inch. The Mystic’s cameras will offer resolutions of 5 and 1.7-megapixels for the rear and front facing cameras respectively. Finally, the device will offer LTE, HSPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and will be powered by Android 4.2.1.

UnwiredView has stated that this information comes from a “reliable source” and that it matches earlier leaked information from last month. The publication has also stated that the device should ship sometime this spring and will be pre-loaded with a plethora of Facebook applications like Messenger and Instagram as well as the official Facebook Android app. However, we’re still not sure if the device will offer a dedicated Facebook button like what was offered with the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa, HTC’s previous attempts at a Facebook phone.

Source: UnwiredView via TalkAndroid
Image Source: takechi and UnwiredView

HTC One Camera Samples And Google Octane Benchmark Score

HTC today held an event in Kolkata, India giving bloggers and enthusiasts in the city a chance to play around with the One. HTC marketing folks did a remarkable job at the event, and it was for the first time I heard a marketing PR actually talk sense, rather than boast about the quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM or the 1080p display.

One of the talking point about the One has been its 4MP ‘UltraPixel’ camera. I managed to click a bunch of pictures from the One, and even ran Google’s Octane benchmark on the handset.

I am no expert in photography here, but the One definitely has an impressive camera. Even in the dimly lit room, the One has done a remarkable job of capturing decent amount of details and light. However, the 4MP camera definitely shows its limitation with some pictures appearing grainy.

I also ran Google’s Octane benchmark on the HTC One, along with my Nexus 4 running CM10.1 and Franco Kernel. Surprisingly, my Nexus 4 scored higher than the One. Keep in mind that I used Google Chrome (v25) on my Nexus 4, and the stock HTC browser on the One.

The first thing that strikes you about the One is how sleek it is. After using only Samsung branded Android devices and the Nexus 4, the One felt so remarkably premium to hold and feel. The stereo speakers in the front are remarkably loud as well.

Overall, the HTC One is a really decent smartphone, and if priced right and marketed properly, can definitely help in HTC regaining some market share from Samsung and Apple.

HTC Sense 5 Will Be Coming To One X, One X+, One S And The Butterfly

HTC has confirmed on its Facebook page that it will be bringing its latest version of Sense to quite a few of its existing handsets. Sense 5 from HTC is a radically different than the previous versions of Sense with a new Blink UI for Homescreen, and system apps that follow the Holo guidelines. HTC has even done away with its iconic Weather/Clock widget, and given the whole UI a very flat feel.

HTC states that over the next few months global variants of HTC One X, One X+, One S and the Butterfly will be getting the Sense 5 update. However, software features that are available on the HTC One due to its specific hardware will not be available on these devices. It has also been confirmed that HTC will be bringing Sense 5 to the DROID DNA.

Whether the carrier variants of the above handsets like the AT&T One XL or the EVO 4G LTE will get the Sense 5 update or not, depends on their carrier’s approval.

Before you get too excited, keep in mind that HTC may reconsider its decisions down the line and may not bring Sense 5 to one or any of the devices mentioned above.

Clove Already Accepting HTC One Preorders

Clove, a popular UK mobile phone store, has already started to accept preorders for the HTC One. The 32GB model of the HTC One will set you back a hefty £425, or $658, plus VAT. The store does ship to the United States, but charges an additional £16 ($25) to cover shipping and handling expenses. Clove currently has both the ‘Glacial Silver’ and  ‘Stealth Black’ color options available for preorder. If you do plan on purchasing an HTC One via Clove, you should expect the company to ship your phone around the 15th of March when Clove’s first shipment of Ones is expected to arrive. If you want your HTC One as soon as possible, we’d recommend preordering now to get in on the first shipment of phones. The devices will be shipped unlocked and SIM-free.

If you’re unaware, the HTC One was unveiled today at an HTC press event. The device features top-of-the-line specs including a 1080p 4.7″ display (468ppi) and a 1.7GHz Qualcomm quad-core CPU. The device is powered by Android 4.1.2, or Jellybean, and has Sense 5 loaded on top. Finally, the HTC One is crafted from all metal materials and is just 9.3mm thin.

Source: Clove via TalkAndroid

HTC One Unveiled – Snapdragon 600 Processor, Sense 5, BoomSound And UltraPixel Camera

After quite a few leaks in the last few hours, HTC has finally officially announced its latest flagship – the One. The One is a typical HTC handset with an unibody aluminium fit-and-finish. The handset sports a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with a resolution of 1080p (1920*1080) and a ppi of 468. The front of the handset is protected by the Gorilla Glass 2 interrupted by the dual-stereo speakers that come with their own dedicated amps for BoomSound.

Inside, the One is among the first Android smartphones to make use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU. There is also 2GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of on-board memory. The usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors are also present, except for a microSD card slot.

On the software side, HTC has blessed the One with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and a brand new version of Sense. In its fifth version, the Sense homescreen has BlinkFeed that aggregates all your social networking updates and notification right on your homescreen. The homescreen design has definitely been inspired from Flipboard.

A few unique features of the One include a 2.1MP front-facing camera with an 88-degree wide-angle view, first seen on the 8X, an IR blaster that is integrated into the Power button of the handset, and a brand new UltraPixel camera at the back. The One ‘only’ comes with a 4MP f/2.0 camera at its back. However, the sensor is capable of capturing 300 percent more light thus allowing for some stunning pictures. It is also capable of recording 1080p videos at 60FPS, and features HTC’s ImageChip 2 along with Optical Image Stabilisation. HTC has also simplified the UI by only keeping the back and home button, and totally removing the Recents app button.

The HTC One will be available in the second half of March in silver or black across 185 carriers all over the world including T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T in the United States.

HTC One ‘M7′ Leaks In Black

It is all but confirmed that HTC will be releasing the its flagship ‘M7′ handset at an upcoming event on February 19th. The specs of the handset are all but known, and an alleged press render of the phone also leaked last week.

Today, @evleaks has once again leaked a press release render of the M7 in black. The pic once again shows the unique ‘HTC’ home button on the M7, along with the new Sense 5 home screen.

HTC is the only Android OEM that has consistently set the bar with top-notch build quality and unique design. The M7 actually looks like a step back in that direction with a design that resembles the iPhone 5.

The M7 is expected to arrive on all the four major U.S carriers soon after HTC unveils the handset on February 19th. The rumored specs of the handset include a 4.7-inch 1080p screen, a 13MP ‘Ultrapixel’ camera, 32GB of on-board storage, and a quad-core 1.7GHz Krait processor.

HTC One High Resolution Shot Leaked

HTC will be unveiling its newest flagship smartphone on February 19th, in parallel press conferences held in New York and London. The star of the show will certainly be the smartphone we have been have been reading about under the codename M7.

Last week, FrAndroid suggested that the M7 will retain its name when its launched officially in France on March 8 for €649.99 (about $870). However, @evleaks, a Taiwanese tipster who has been accurate before, is now suggesting that the M7 might be just a codename. The fresh report suggests that HTC will officially unveil the M7 as the HTC One. Evleaks has also obtained a high-resolution press shot of the HTC One, which shows off the 4.7” monster in all its glory.

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The HTC One will be powered by a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon processor, and feature 2 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of internal storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera, and a 2 megapixel front camera. The rear camera is speculated to be using a stacked sensor with ultrapixels that will boast of an extremely impressive f/2.0 aperture. The camera will also be capable of super slow-motion and HDR video capture in 1080p. On the software side of things, it will ship with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), and sport the latest HTC Sense 5 user interface. The HTC One will also feature something called “Double HP techno Beats” technology for enhanced music experience.

HTC M7 To Redefine The Camera Experience In 2013

HTC is all set to unveil its latest high-end flagship for the first half of 2013 at an upcoming event on February 19th. Rumors and leaks have already confirmed that the M7 will sport a quad-core Krait processor clocked at 1.7GHz and a 1080p display.

A new info graphic from HTC now suggests that the company’s M7 flagship might pack in some new camera and audio technology. Dubbed “Ultrapixel” by tech bloggers online, it is rumored that the M7 will pack in 3*4.3MP cameras in a technology similar to Nokia’s PureView to provide pictures with stunning clarity.

The infographic from HTC does not use the word “Ultrapixel” anywhere, but only states that “HTC kicks off a new sound and camera experience in 2013″. The HTC One X had a decent 8MP snapper and  stellar camera software, but was overshadowed by the likes of Galaxy S3 and the PureView 920. Hopefully, with the M7, HTC will be able to bring about a major evolution in camera image quality.

Regarding the “sound” part? I just hope it is not a stupid marketing gimmick from HTC once again. With HTC struggling to make any profit and its stock prices plummeting, the Taiwanese maker has laid all its hopes on the M7.

Via – Droid Life

HTC Thunderbolt Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Is Finally Available

In a surprising turn of events, Verizon and HTC have started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Thunderbolt. Yes, you read that right. Verizon and HTC have finally got their act together and rolled out some ICS love for the poor Thunderbolt owners out there.

The ICS update will bring with it lots of new features to the Thunderbolt including Face Unlock, a new lock screen, updated UI, improved speech-to-text recognition, inbuilt data monitoring tool and much more.

The Thunderbolt was the first phone to hit Verizon’s network that supported the carrier’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. The handset was released way back in early 2011, and was slated to get the ICS update sometime in 2012. However, HTC and Verizon kept pushing back the ICS update for the handset for performance and stability reasons.

The 320MB+ OTA update should go live within a week or so, and should be available to all Thunderbolt owners within a few days after that.

Via – Verizon