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Last year Google released two nexus devices at the same time - Nexus 5S made by LG and Nexus 6P made by Huawei. It seems this type of launch has become quite a convention and Google is supposed to do it this year too.


Yesterday, a rumor about about the new Nexus devices surfaced. As per the rumor, HTC is will be the manufacturer of the two new Nexus devices to be released in the later part of 2016. Right not much is known about the two devices. But, one will feature a 5-inch screen, and the other will have a 5.5-inch display. Today, ROM developer @LlabTooFeR unveiled nuggets of new info about the two smartphones in a tweet .




The developer posed that the codename for the 5-inch Nexus phone is T50 and for the 5.5-inch model codename is the T55. It is quite evident that the codenames are curated from the screen size of the devices. Going by the history of correct tips released by the developer, this tweet also seems reliable.


The Nexus One, the very first Nexus device was built by HTC back in 2010. The Taiwanese company will also be manufacturing the Nexus 9 tablet. Apparently Huawei was also trying to create an entry for itself in the run for building this year's Nexus devices, but finally HTC won the deal.


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It has hardly been a few days since we heard rumors of HTC being this year's manufacturer for Google's Nexus line of smartphones, and we already have a solid source who's confirming the rumor. According to reports, a developer in HTC has leaked the alleged codenames for the upcoming Nexus devices.




If LlabTooFeR on Twitter is to be believed, then there will be two versions of the Nexus, one with a 5-inch screen and the other with a larger 5.5-inch display. The more conservative 5-inch phone will supposedly be named the T50 while its bigger phablet version will be called the T55. Apart from this, no other information about the smartphones was shared.


Google and HTC have a bit of history together as HTC was the first manufacturer that they had collaborated with, when the first Nexus phone was launched back in 2010; the Nexus One. In fact, the business relationships between the two companies were once again renewed when they launched the Nexus 9 tablet about two years ago in 2014. HTC's renewed affiliation with Google is actually very good news for the company, as it has been suffering losses for a while now. Will this tie up be enough for HTC to regain its stature in the smartphone industry? We will find out soon enough.

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13 January, 2016 HTC


The last few years have not been kind on HTC and 2015 was no exception either. Even great models like the HTC One M7 and the One M8 were not as successful as they should have been or were expected to be, but the HTC One M9 failed miserably. Often called a "beautiful disappointment," the M9 had many things going for it like an aesthetic design and the latest Snapdragon 810 processor under the hood. However, a buggy user experience, heating issues and poor camera performance went against it. This brought the sales down way below expectations.


From what has been seen in the financial reports for 2015, it looks like HTC's sales went down by a disastrous 57 percent in December 2015, when compared with December 2014. In fact, June 2015 was the worst month for HTC in terms of sales as the difference in sales between June 2014 and June 2015 shows a massive 60 percent decline. After June, September exhibits the second biggest decline in sales for 2015 at 57.5 percent. Now that the calendar year has come to a close, HTC has lost a total of 35.24 percent sales in year-to-year comparison with last year.


The new One A9 managed to improve things a little for the Taiwanese manufacturer, in spite of being criticized for copying the iPhone blatantly. Let's hope that the upcoming HTC One M10 and the HTC Vive boosts up business for the company because HTC really needs it.


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The HTC HD2 unfortunately didn't receive the update to Windows Phone 7 although it had adept hardware configuration at that time. Thanks to the efforts of the developer community, the smartphone is still functional and supported with latest versions of different operating systems like Android Marshmallow, which was recently ported to the device.

 

It has been under a year since Lollipop was made available to the mighty HD2 with most features working and now the hackers from XDA-Developers have accomplished the same with Android's latest version. Strange thing is that, Marshmallow is currently not supported by quite a few new smartphones.

 

 

As per XDA-Developers member macs18max, the Marshmallow port for HD2, based on CyanogenMod 13 doesn't have compatibility with all the features and only the display, Wi-Fi and audio are functional. There's no information on its ability to access a cellular network anytime soon, which makes the build unusable.

 

The other operating systems which were ported to the HD2 in the past are Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, Windows RT and Firefox OS, along with Android versions 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.1 to 4.3 Jelly Bean and 4.4 KitKat.

 


 


HTC brought the One A9 to the world a month ago today and the company's America president, Jason Mackenzie, assured that the phone would get new Android update 15 days after Google's update is pushed to the Nexus devices.


After a few weeks from release, HTC has confirmed that this won't be applicable to only the new numbered versions of Android. They say that they're actually committed to get monthly security patches, just like Google's recent November update, pushed to U.S. unlocked A9s "within 15 business days of Google's first push to Nexus". Although it is a few days more than 15 days, the update to the latest Marshmallow can be considered timely.


A spokesperson from HTC gave the following official statement:


"We expect the software update with Google's November security patches to receive TA (Technical Acceptance) later today and roll out to customers immediately thereafter".


So if you own a U.S. unlocked HTC One A9, soon you'll get an OTA notification. Unfortunately, other versions of the A9 along with carrier-branded and unlocked European models won't enjoy the 15-day update as they are deployed on a different software track.


By the way, as per a tweet from HTC's Mo Versi, tonight the November security update and the updates for camera and battery will be rolled out.


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