HTC is more recognized for its virtual reality gadgets than smartphones. While it remains much more focused on VR stuff, the company has announced a new phone for India and Thailand called the HTC wildfire. The company hasn't shown any activity for a long time and after many months of silence in the mobile industry, HTC's new CEO Yves Maitre recently stated in an interview that the company will release a 5G smartphone this year. As per rumors, HTC will coordinate with Qualcomm to make a 5G enabled phone.
HTC U19e and Desire 19+ were the last phones launched under the company's banner. It is announced that the HTC wildfire X will be released with the Indian-first approach. However, the Wildfire X isn't completely manufactured by HTC, as the Wildfire X has been made by Lava initially. The company has agreed with Indian companies like Lava, Micromax, and Karbonn to use its licensed brand name for new phones. The new phone is similar to what Lava made. In India, it will be made by one of HTC's brand partners. The Thailand/international variant may be made by HTC itself, or it may be developed by another local OEM/ODM.
The phone is 163.2 x 77.8 x 8.9 mm and weighs only 186g. It has a 6.52-inch HD+ LCD with 1560 x 720 pixels. The device is powered by MediaTek Helio P23 8x ARM Cortex-A52 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and Mali-G72MP1 GPU. The smartphone has 2GB RAM and 32GB storage that can be further extended by microSD card slot. The phone comes with a huge 4,000mAh battery that is good enough to get you through a day even if you play games or watch YouTube videos on it. The front camera is 8MP with f/2.0 and allows 1080p video recording. For connectivity, it offers Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi. It supports 2G and 3G network connectivity.
The Desire 820 was released back in 2014 and it's good to see that HTC has not abandoned it yet. The smartphone just started to receive an update package Over The Air which will not only bring Android 6.0.1 to the smartphone, but will also upgrade the Sense UI to v7.0, post installation. This is good news but we are not yet sure as to which regions the update is covering at this moment. In fact, the news came as quite a surprise and was reported first by GSM Arena after being tipped off by Rupak Thapa.
If you are using a HTC Desire 820 and have not been notified about the update yet, check for it manually. Go to Settings, tap on About device at the bottom and just select Check for updates. If the results are negative and you do not see a prompt to update your handset, there is still no need to fret. OTA updates are always rolled out in phases, meaning that all HTC Desire 820 smartphones cannot receive the update at the same time. Nonetheless, it only takes a few days before all the phases begin to roll out so just keep checking.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Evan Blass and @onleaks has released a number of images and they all show us the alleged HTC 10. If you are wondering why we are calling the next HTC flagship just HTC 10 instead of calling it the HTC One M10, then you are probably not aware that HTC has decided to ditch the "One M" moniker from 2016 onwards.
Firstly, we are treated to the press renders that were leaked by Evan Blass and then, @onleaks takes it a few steps further by leaking three live shots of the HTC 10 on Twitter. Accompanying these images are certain specs that we had already heard rumors about. According to @onleaks, the specifications of the HTC 10 prototype include a SD 820 SoC backed by 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5.15-inch 1440p display. The smartphone will also support quick charging via its USB Type-C port.
HTC 10's camera is probably the most interesting aspect of the smartphone as the company itself has called its imaging capabilities "very compelling" and we would therefore love to compare it with the camera on the Galaxy S7, which sports a camera that's built with the same philosophy of larger pixels over the megapixel count. Now that images have started to leak along with other hardware specifications, HTC will possibly announce a release date for the device pretty soon.
Earlier, HTC had already released the Marshmallow update for all unlocked versions of the One A9 and now the same is being done for the Sprint versions. It seems like HTC is pretty serious about keeping the One A9 updated with the latest and greatest, not that anyone is complaining!
Users will be able to download and apply software package version 1.57.651.1 OTA, which will bring the awaited Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 to the Sprint One A9. This will add new features to the camera and make the battery last longer, and of course, there will be a lot of new emojis! Users will particularly appreciate the inclusion of native Wi-Fi calling that will now be supported by the One A9 without the need to download a third party software. One can expect a host of other micro improvements and addition of new features, much in the same way we saw with the unlocked One A9.
If you own one of Sprint's HTC One A9s and you are wondering why the update has not yet reached your phone, let us assure you that it is coming. All OTA updates are released in stages. What this means is that some devices may get the update before others, but all of them will be updated in a span of few days. If you cannot wait for a day or two, it is possible to download the RUU file (1.86GB) and flash the ROM by connecting your device with your PC. However, you will need HTC Sync manager to complete the process.
If your latest smartphone has stopped getting official Android updates from the manufacturer, there is a high probability that you would go for CyanogenMod in order to try out the most recent Android versions. Last week, Android 6.0 Marshmallow was made available to the Samsung Galaxy S3 via CyanogenMod 13, and the Google Nexus 4 is also about to get the support for Marshmallow by Cyanogen.
LG-made Nexus 4 consumers were quite disappointed when Google announced that the smartphone will not receive an official support for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Many had speculated that sooner or later unofficial Marshmallow port will be made available for this device, considering its huge fan following. The awesome team of CyanogenMod have just released a nightly CM 13 build for the Nexus 4, thereby getting the latest Android version to the three-year-old smartphone. Download size is 277.01 MB and before you go ahead with this, just keep in mind that you might encounter bugs as it not yet stable.
These days, Nexus smartphones are quite popular and in high-demand. But, this wasn't always the scene: the HTC Nexus One, the Samsung Nexus S, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus were nice smartphones, but it was the Nexus 4 that changed the game after getting launched in 2012. At that time, the Nexus 4 had the best possible specs in the Android ecosystem, but Google had a very competitive pricing at $299.