T-Mobile One S owners, here is a news that is sure to brighten up your day. T-Mobile and HTC have finally gotten around to rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for your phone. While T-Mobile is yet to officially announce the roll-out, many T-Mobile One S owners have already got the OTA update on their phone.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update will bring with it Project Butter, Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, better voice recognition and speech-to-text support, and minor UI changes. HTC has also toned down the Sense UI a bit, enhanced the camera app, and removed some of the unneeded animations. The OTA update is a whopping 675MB in size and will is only downloaded when your One S is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
T-Mobile expects to complete the OTA update roll-out within the next two weeks. If you own a T-Mobile One S, you can try to manually pull the Jelly Bean update as well by going to Settings -> About Phone -> Software Updates and then pressing the Check for Updates option.
HTC has started rolling out a new software update (v1.29) for its latest flagship – the One – that greatly improves the camera performance of the handset. The update is only available to the EU variant of the One, with the others variants slated to get the update over the next month or so.
The official change-log of the update is as follows -:
• Improvement to sound capture with Zoe • Noise reduction in slow motion movie capture • Improved color reproduction and dynamic range (reduced over-exposure in non-HDR images) in certain conditions • Fix to display correct ISO in EXIF information when ISO settings are manually changed by the user • Improved system performance and stability
However, there is more to this update than what the change-log suggests. The update brings about a massive improvement in the camera quality. How massive? See the image below from Android PIT for example -:
The update also improves the overall system performance and stability, along with the audio recording capabilities of the One in Zoe mode. If you own an EU model of the One, then the update should hit your phone within a couple of weeks. If not, sit tight and hope that HTC rolls out the update to other variants of the One soon as well.
Today, HTC announced that it will be bringing its latest and greatest flagship – the One – to India by the end of April for a MOP (Best Buy) price of Rs 42,900. The HTC One has a zero-gap aluminium unibody, with a 4.7-inch S-LCD3 1080p display in the front adored by BoomSound stereo speakers on its top and bottom.
The One is a beast in every sense and packs in a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage to make up for the lack of a microSD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, GPS and even an IR blaster so that you can directly control all your remote appliances from your phone. The handset also includes a revolutionary new camera that aims to buck the Megapixel race. While the camera only has a 4.3MP resolution, it consists of a 5 element plastic lens with an f/2.0 aperture. All this combined with the new custom made camera sensor from HTC provides the One with stellar low-light performance and bigger pixels dubbed as “UltraPixel”.
On the software side, the One runs on Android 4.1.2 with the greatest and latest version of Sense UI (v5) on top of it. HTC has included some really nice features in the latest Sense UI including BlinkFeed for a new re-defined homescreen experience, and HTC Zoe for a new imaging experience.
HTC has also tied up with Reliance GSM to offer 1GB of free 3G data to all One customers for three months. The handset should retail for a couple of thousand lower when it hits the market, making it a very tempting deal.
Today, HTC has finally announced the pre-order, release date and the pricing of the its latest flagship — the One — on two major U.S carriers, Sprint and AT&T.
Both the carriers will start selling the One from April 19th via their retail stores or website with the 32GB variant coming in at $199.99 with a two-year contract. As rumored earlier, AT&T has managed to snag an exclusive on the 64GB variant of the One, and will sell it for $249.99 on a two-year contract.
AT&T will start taking pre-orders for the HTC One from April 4th, while Sprint will start taking them from 5th April. T-Mobile is now the only carrier left in the United States that is yet to announce its pricing and release date of the One. Verizon will not be selling the HTC One under its network, but it is widely expected that the HTC will release a modified variant of the One under Verizon’s sometime soon.
With a hard release date of April 19th, HTC has managed to beat the Galaxy S4 to the market in the United States. The pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 start from April 16th, with the handset being available only by the end of the month.
Back in Feburary when HTC unveiled the One, it stated that the handset will be available with two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. Considering that the One does not have a microSD card slot, a 64GB variant will definitely be appreciated by power users and the general consumers alike.
However, it looks like AT&T might have managed to nab the 64GB variant of the One as exclusive in the United States. In a video uploaded on their YouTube account, the carrier highlights twice that the 64GB One is going to be an exclusive on their network. HTC has not yet confirmed this news, but considering that the video has not yet been pulled, the news does seem to be true.
So, this means that Sprint and T-Mobile will be getting the 32GB variant of the handset in the United States. While 32GB of space should be more than enough for majority of the consumers, there will still be a few people for whom the lack of a 64GB option might turn out to be a deal-breaker.
In a bid to improve its marketing strategy, HTC has decided to retire its “Quietly Brilliant” tag line and instead shift to a “bolder” approach and tagline.
HTC’s latest Marketing Officer, Benjamin Ho, says that the company has “a lot of innovations but we haven’t been loud enough.” Benjamin Ho is HTC’s third Chief Marketing Officer inside two years, and has a lot of work laid out in front of him especially now that the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are going to hit the United States in around the same time.
Ho aims to increase HTC’s digital marketing budget by a whopping 250%, while increasing the traditional marketing budget by 100%.
Regarding the delay of the HTC One, he said that “there is some shortage, because the phone’s camera was designed specifically for us, and production cannot be ramped up so quickly.”
HTC has had a rough two years, and the company is betting all its hope on its latest flagship — the HTC One — to change its fortunes this year.
Today, HTC has released an official statement regarding the availability of the One in major markets and its delay. The company states that it “has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One” and will be making the handset available in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week. Other major markets including Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific will get the One “before the end of April.”
“HTC has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it is evidenced in early reviews. The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait.”
When HTC had unveiled the One back in Feb, it had hoped to make the handset available in most markets by March. However, things have not really gone as the Taiwanese maker had planned with delays due to shortage of supplies of the handset’s camera components.
By the time the HTC One will be available in nearly all the major markets, the Samsung Galaxy S4 would have also hit shelves in the major markets, which will definitely make things tough for the Taiwanese maker. While the HTC One may have a better in-hand feel and other nice features compared to the Galaxy S4, it lacks the marketing and brand presence that Samsung’s Galaxy S series enjoy nowadays.
Today, HTC has announced a developer edition of for its upcoming flagship handset, the One. The developer edition of the One will only be available in the United States and will come with an unlocked SIM and bootloader.
The developer edition of the One sports the same specs as the normal One, including a 4.7-inch S-LCD3 display with 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, BoomSound, an UltraPixel camera, a metal unibody construction, 64GB of storage space and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors including Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac and an IR blaster.
HTC will only be making the developer edition of the One in limited quantities in the United States for a price of $649. You will need a valid US zip-code to even order the device from HTC.
By releasing a developer edition of the One, HTC has followed on the footsteps of Samsung and Motorola. A developer edition also strongly suggests that HTC will be locking down the bootloader on the U.S carrier variants of the One and it may not be unlockable using its web-based bootloader unlocking tool.
HTC needs to realize that developers and enthusiasts are rarely interested in purchasing a developer edition of any handset for development purposes. Also, if they do not provide allow bootloader unlocking on the U.S carrier variants of the One, they will be literally shooting themselves in the foot.
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.
Along with the HTC One X+, HTC announced a new mid-range phone for the AT&T network, the One VX. The VX is an interesting handset packing a 4.5-inch Super LCD2 with qHD (960×640) resolution, 1GB of RAM, and Qualcomm S4 Plus MSM8930 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 305 GPU.
Other specs of the One VX include 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 1810mAh battery, a 5MP BSI snapper at the back with F/2.0 aided by an LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors.
The HTC One VX will be available exclusively on AT&T’s network in the United States, and will launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board. The press release from HTC does not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the handset except that it should be available “in the coming months”. Since the One VX is a mid-range handset, it should not cost more than $49 or $99 on a two-year contract with AT&T.