Don't expect HTC to pack Beats headphones or earbuds with the Evo 4G LTE -- or any of its smartphones for the time being.
HTC is shelving the idea. One lesson the company learned from last year's Sensation XL and the Rezound: customers don't really choose smartphones based on the headphones -- even headphones with a brand as recognizable as Beats.
"An accessory like the headphone doesn't factor in when someone is buying a smartphone," Martin Fichter, an HTC product executive, told CNET. "If they want a Beats headphone, they'll buy it … Read more
Nokia and Microsoft are making a big splash with the first major launch of a Nokia Windows Phone in the U.S. But is the device and the Windows Phone software impressive enough to entice Apple iPhone customers to jump ship?
Like so many people who write in to Ask Maggie seeking advice, I also struggle with big decisions about which new device to buy. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I answer a question that I've been mulling for months about whether I should ditch Apple and its iOS ecosystem for something else. I also help another reader … Read more
When it comes to the One series of smartphones, HTC is hoping to follow Google's playbook for its flagship devices.
HTC wants One to be synonymous with Google's Nexus, which represents the latest and greatest that Android has to offer. Similarly, the One is supposed to be HTC's best combination of design, music capabilities, and camera technology.
"The One brand is so important for HTC's future," said Jason Mackenzie, head of global sales and marketing for HTC, in an interview with CNET. "We're treating it special."
HTC's One series of … Read more
Sprint Nextel unveiled the HTC Evo 4G LTE today, its own take on HTC's highly touted comeback phone.
The Evo 4G LTE is a slightly redesigned One X, which HTC unveiled to critical acclaim during Mobile World Congress. It will be available some time in the second quarter for $199.99 and a two-year contract, although Sprint will begin taking preorders on May 7.
HTC is looking for the various versions of the One X to drive a return to its once bustling smartphone business, and has traditionally leaned on Sprint as a vital partner. Sprint, meanwhile, is in … Read more
At the time, HTC's Evo 4G blew most other Android phones out of the water. It had a fast 1GHz CPU, massive 4.3-inch screen, not one but two cameras, and a connection to Sprint's 4G WiMax data network. Heck, HTC even threw in an HDMI port for good measure.
All this made the Evo 4G one of the greatest Android phones of all time and much beloved by their owners. Apparently Sprint plans to recapture some of that magic by announcing the HTC Evo One, possibly a rebranded HTC One X, at a special press event next Wednesday night. This tip comes from the good folks at Android Central, which cite unnamed sources. … Read more
Sprint today announced that the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update is now ready for its Evo View 4G tablet.
For example, the HTC Scribe digital pen will now work with all applications, essentially turning it into a navigation stylus. Additionally, the Evo View 4G now supports document signature capture, a feature that will surely please business users.
The carrier cautions that, once installed, users will find that the home screen has been reverted to the "out of box&… Read more
When it comes to mobile devices, do people care about 3D content?
It's a topic I've been wrestling with since the emergence of the HTC Evo 3D, the first 3D-capable smartphone. I came to the conclusion that it was largely a gimmick, or something that piques your interest but quickly fades away. For some, it's just a bit of headache-inducing flash.
Still, that hasn't stopped more companies from moving into the area. The latest two are media startup Cooliris and mobile advertising company Smaato, which recently said they were partnering to deliver 3D advertisements on mobile … Read more