HTC just hit us up to give warning of a "major news announcement" to be made by CEO Peter Chou on Thursday morning. He'll be conducting a teleconference Los Angeles, and that's about all we know.

We've certainly been through our share of HTC news conferences, but getting getting a heads up for something like this seems a little unprecedented. Soon as we know more, you'll know more.

Oh, and we'll be liveblogging the whole thing, of course. Click here for the liveblog!

Let the speculation begin!

Update: So we've confirmed that it's a phoner-only event. Nothing live going on. Which tells us ... basically nothing more than what we already knew.

There are 91 comments

VMdoug says:

Microsoft is buying HTC, tells Nokia to suck it

rupst2 says:

yep, m$ already gets $5 a phone anyway. Microsoft finally gets serious about mobile and buys HTC.

El Jefe says:

Sorry but they are announcing that they are changing their motto away from "quietly brilliant" because Apple is suing them for use of the lowercase "i", which they claim trademark on.

joshua.worth says:

Too much hooplah for ThunderBolt Gingerbread announcement? I would assume so but hope I'm wrong.

tropper says:

only to dream

swear0730 says:

HTC announces it has found the cure for the world economy. Friday, Apple sues claiming patent infringement.

frettfreak says:


PingaDulce says:

It wasn't that funny. *rolls eyes*

stoneworrior says:

I thought it was

Dude, it wasn't that funny.

Workodactyl says:

I dunno that was pretty good.

Synycalwon says:

Made me laugh out loud! :P


sumyunguy says:

Bootloader unlocking?

J T M says:

I think so. My guess is that part of the site is going live.

Ronindan says:

Locked Bootloader or Gingerbread??

bokajay says:

Could they be the winner in the Nexus Prime (Nexus 3) race? (If there ever was such a thing). I never fully bought Samsung having it two years in a row.

Mapex says:

That's Google's device. No OEM would announce that first, ever.

It's going to be something related to the HTCDev (i.e. bootloader unlocking) as well as another device or two, such as the Vigor and the Puccini.

davidnc says:

I thought they already going to have the bootloader unlocked on all furture devices though twitter

MAJOR? . . . Can't be Just Bootloader stuff... I doubt....... TABLET Talk?... hopefully

FrankXS says:

HTC is buying Apple.... Hahahaha!

Wicell says:

That would be awesome, buy 'em and close 'em >:-D

splitsick says:

HTC Announces it will be the exclusive hardware manufacturer for webOS tablets and smartphones.

SUB-dawg says:

I am thinking that is it

PingaDulce says:

HAAA! Still hanging on to the WebOS bandwagon? hahahaha WebOS and it's less than 2% market share is DEAD!!!!

PingaDulce says:


derwin says:

that's the first thing i thought too, and if that's true, i'll go right back as soon as one is ready. webOS is, dare i say, fun to use.

snood says:

First thing I thought of too.

meson2000 says:

I bet they reached an a licensing agreement with Apple in exchange for Apple dropping their patent lawsuit against HTC...

PingaDulce says:

HAAA! Still hanging on to the WebOS bandwagon? hahahaha

lucidlyseen says:

The new Holiday is available for immediate purchase on AT&T! - One can hope right?

rizzman says:

Htc sues Apple and wins court injunction for Apple to stop selling all their products in Europe.

PingaDulce says:

Apple jokes are getting old... Time to look for something else because this isn't funny anymore.

frettfreak says:

No way those will EVER get old!!

rizzman says:

@PingaDulce For erudite individuals as yourself, they might not be. But for simpletons as myself, they will always bring about a laugh, obviously assuming it's clever of course.

Apple jokes will never get old as long as that lame a** outfit continues it's current posture of competing through litigation, instead of innovation. They had it too easy for a long time, and now when faced with some real creative competition, they start crying like a little two year old baby whose had it's binkie taken away.

scooterman1 says:

Apple buys HTC. All future HTC phones to be called iPhone 5...
Now that would be a bummer!

w5cyc says:

You know that doesn't mean anything. It's a brand. They could put out an effing brick and call it an IPhone if they wanted to.

"I don't care."

TheBigFerret says:

I hope it's that HTC will be making WebOS phones! And Android phones too! I love them both... Although my EVO Shift is pissing me off lately.

PingaDulce says:

Yea, Google wants to secure that 2% and dropping market. HAHAHAHA WebOS is dead, accept it, kid.

DarknesSx says:

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE Be the 10.1 Tablet OMG i would suicide of happiness if it is coming this month!!! (not really but i'll buy 2... i'll sell one and keep the other LOL)

Now if it isn't the Tab... it's would be something stupid to do with WebOS or that Tango junk.. (WP7.84) lol

Wielandrew says:

Samsung makes the Tab, not HTC...

xTRICKYxx says:

If it is truly 'major', then it wouldn't just be bootloader unlocking, right? And it wouldn't be another tablet, right? It could be something to do with TV's?

Or even better, all new Kitchen Appliances from Bed Bath and Beyond will ship with Android!


I seriously doubt it's a hardware announcement, folks. Never done a phoner (that wasn't under embargo, anyway) for that before.

What... they're going to unlock bootloades? F u HTC... Too little, too late.

PingaDulce says:

Better late than never.

being geek is weird and funny all in the same breath.

jirizarry says:

Maybe the original Incredible is finally getting gingerbread=)

Wicket says:

doubt it.. someone got an email that said the DInc wasn't on the list to get the update anymore.. of course there are speculations and hopes that the rep was an idiot and meant the Eris or some other phone.. :/ I'm hopeful for my non rooted DInc brothers and sisters to get some GB love though ^_^

Vigor coming next week, first phone with LTE and dual-core. Suck it Motorola.

Jonneh says:

If it's major it's most likely to do with all this Apple crap going on with patents and all.

shingi_70 says:

The Flyer gets Honeycomb and we see the the a few new phones and tablets including the G-infinty.

Then we get a apple style one more thing and larry page comes out and shows ICS running on the Nexus H, with a Samsung and Motorola variant to follow.

frettfreak says:

man.. i want to live in your world!! That would be FN AWESOME though. lol

dhero says:

They're coming out in support of aosp's Sensation rom build, and pulling support for all the hater's?

Could it be a merger with RIM?

arcadelion says:


greydarrah says:

I know...they figured out how to make a battery last longer. Now you only have to plug in to re-charge twice a day.

El Jefe says:

"I don't care who you are, that's funny right there."
-Larry the Cable Guy

McPlot says:

They are just announcing it is my birthday. I don't know why they are making a big deal about it.

I'm thinking the Puccini tablet as well. Announcing that HTC was making the next Nexus device would be icing on the cake.

Kronko says:

All Thunderbolt owners will be getting a Thunderbolt 2 for free due to all the problems they had with the first one.

Who? says:

This is a teleconference. No video, no visuals. Not a new product announcement.

Zameus says:

To all consumers, please be advised that all HTC handheld devices are slated to transform and take over the world for HTC world dominance. We thank you for your cooperation during this transition.


ricbon says:

this is going to be a state of the patent wars.

ryder9 says:

they will merge w HP and make WebOS AND Android Phones will be called HTPC

karvec says:

They will be called the "High Tech 'Puter Company!!" And everyone will be happy everywhere.

patfactorx says:

Htc vigor!

ytravel says:

No one has said anything about Kingdom-Hero2-EVO Design 4G or what ever it is called.

scooterman1 says:

HTC will be releasing an LTE phone to kick off Sprints new upcoming LTE Network.

shingi_70 says:

The Evo 4G?

frettfreak says:

evo 4g and ALL current sprint "4G" phones run on Wimax which is NOT LTE. Sprint has been planning on changing to to LTE for a while now but i doubt this has ANYTHING to do with sprint

JD MBA says:

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Apple files complaint in Germany for HTC making an announcement tomorrow. According to Apple, Steve Jobs was planning to possibly make an announcement tomorrow, as well.

UPDATE: Court agrees with Apple as, according to the judge, this cannot be a coincidence. Hence, HTC is now banned from making any announcements in the entire EU.

Rainforrest says:

HTC will announce that they are switching from Android to MeeGo...

ReggieTee says:

Hope it's not another Tablet announcement.

spectre1006 says:

Come on vigor!!

k425 says:

HTC being acquired by Google.

Wicket says:

my goodness don't tease with such fantasies!!

Floss82 says:

Bootloader unlocking and HTC Puccini tablet

BigKenW says:

HTC Announces they are making the Amazon Kindle Tablet.

El Jefe says:


rweckhoff says:

HTC is going to announce that in conjunction with Motorola, they tracked down and located Steve Jobs in a bunker in Afghanistan. A verbal altercation over patent infringements ensued and after a brief firefight, SJ was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was dumped at sea.

dwhall says:

HTC announces that they have unlocked the Droid X bootloader!

Tariqali says:

What really would put a smile on all htc and android. Fans would be one of two things or even both at the same time, htc mergers or takes over Rim and/or offcourse the nexus 3 . Here's hoping with fingers crossed. I personally think if they were to merge with Rim, they would rule the world, as far as hand held devices are concerned anyway. On the otherhand the nexus 3 would give them the reward they justly deserve after the truly amazing sensations and the evo 3d, phones that are completely underrated

kona2day says:

They are announcing the first quad-core phone to come out before the end of the year.

micahmiami says:

They are expanding into the Latin American Market. New offices have been rented in Miami and job postings are everywhere for employees to grow the expansion into Central and South America.

micahmiami says:


dlintz says:

HTC purchased by Google. In the midst of heated negotiations Google inadvertently purchases itself.

tat2me2#AC says:

Now that, my friends, is funny!!!

iranai says:

Since they are not showing pics, vids etc., it could just be about when they are going to release 2.3 for the Thunderbolt.

karvec says:

HTC is trying to introduce inductive coil charging before Motorola does on their new Droid Bionic. 5$ if I'm right.

DWR_31 says:

This announcement has a lot to do with Apple. Google said that HTC won't lose no matter the outcome. Thre outcome has arrived and Apple just got bit!!! (Or bitten,)