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4 years ago

Extreme Power Saving mode missing on your new HTC One? Here's why ...

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Extreme Power Saving mode missing on your new HTC One? Here's why ...

HTC One Power Saving Mode

HTC One Power Saving Mode

If you've already picked up your HTC One in the United States — or plan on doing so in the next few days, you might notice that the EXTREME Power Saving mode is missing from your shiny new M8. Meanwhile, folks outside the U.S. already have it on their phones. There's a good reason for that. (Or a bad reason, depending on your point of view.) And we'll give you three guesses why.

Outside the U.S., the M8's on a newer software version — one that includes EXTREME Power Saving mode. (If you must know, it's software version 1.54.401.5.)

4 years ago

Google Play edition HTC One (M8) officially announced [update: now available to order]

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Google Play edition HTC One (M8) officially announced [update: now available to order]

HTC One M8 Google Play edition mockup
HTC One M8 Google Play edition

HTC One M8 Google Play edition mockup

Latest HTC device with 'stock' Android available to pre-order from today

Update: The HTC One (M8) Google Play edition has arrived in the Play Store with the expected $699 price tag, and you can place an order immediately. Regular ground shipping is free, and expected shipping times are currently set at 2-3 weeks.

Original story: Since the first Google Play edition devices' arrived last summer, they've given Android enthusiasts a way to pair the latest hardware from top manufacturers with the latest vanilla Android software from Google, with speedy updates to boot. And today, alongside the standard HTC One (M8), the official press release reveals that there'll also be Google Play edition M8 heading to the Play Store.

4 years ago

Experimental ART runtime available on new HTC One

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Experimental ART runtime available on new HTC One

ART on HTC One

ART on HTC One

Attention smartphone nerds — the new HTC One (M8) includes the option to use the experimental, pre-release ART runtime should you desire to make that switch. Android 4.4 introduced the new ART runtime — an alternative to the standard Dalvik runtime intended to let developers and OEMs get to grips with the new code before it becomes the default. But so far it hasn't been available on all KitKat devices. The old HTC One (M7) for instance didn't get ART in its KitKat update.

Like to live dangerously with preproduction runtimes? HTC's M8 lets you do that.

On phones where it's available, such as the Nexus 5 and Moto X, some regular users and tinkerers have switched to ART full-time, as it seems to bring a small but noticeable boost in responsiveness. As ART is still in the experimental stage, however, that extra performance comes at the cost of compatibility with certain apps. Nevertheless, if you understand the risks you can enable ART on HTC's 2014 flagship from within the developer settings menu as usual. (Whether you really should is debatable, but in any case, the option's there.)

For a quick rundown of what ART is all about, check out this podcast section from last year. And to learn more about the newly-announced M8, hit up our HTC One portal page.

4 years ago

NVIDIA partners with Valve to bring hit game Portal to Shield

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NVIDIA partners with Valve to bring hit game Portal to Shield

Portal on Shield

Portal on Shield

No word on exact release date or wider release to other Android devices

There wasn't a whole lot of mobile news coming out of the opening keynote of the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference today, but one of the bigger pieces dropped on us is that the insanely-popular game Portal is coming to the NVIDIA Shield. It may not be the most recent title, but anyone who has spent a decent bit of time playing Portal will appreciate the complexity of bringing such a great game to a mobile device.

Neither NVIDIA nor Valve is spilling the beans on when exactly you'll be able to load up Portal on your Shield, or what this could mean for bringing the game to other non-Shield Android devices. Right now the best thing they can offer us is a big "coming soon" tease, reminding folks that Portal will be just one of over 300 Shield-optimized games available when it launches.

Pair up great top-tier titles like Portal with a Shield that has a new price of $199 and you could have a nice little mobile gaming rig on your hands.

More: NVIDIA

4 years ago

NVIDIA drops Shield price to $199, updates to KitKat and brings GameStream improvements

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NVIDIA drops Shield price to $199, updates to KitKat and brings GameStream improvements

NVIDIA Shield
GPU Tech Conference

NVIDIA Shield

More options for streaming games from your own PC or laptop to a Shield with a fresh new operating system

NVIDIA has been pushing to improve the Shield ever since it launched, and the latest update brings a step up to Android 4.4 KitKat, GameStream improvements across the board and a new, lower price. The Shield is indeed making the jump from Jelly Bean up to KitKat, which brings a few notable improvements in terms of now having Immersive Mode and access to the latest UI design, but the bigger story is NVIDIA's added improvements for its other services.

GameStream, which offers the ability to stream games from a remote server or computer to the Shield, is picking up several new improvements with this latest software update. You can now stream games from your own properly-equipped gaming PC at home rather than just an NVIDIA server, along with the ability to wake the computer with LAN access and log into the PC remotely from your Shield. You can also now use Bluetooth keyboards and mice when streaming games with your Shield in Console Mode connected to a TV. Quality receives a bump as well, going from 720p to 1080p at 60fps.

Further, GameStream is expanding to capable gaming notebooks as well. Streaming isn't just limited to powerful desktops — laptops with Kepler and Maxwell-based GPUs (GeForce GTX 800M, GTX 700M and most GTX 600M GPUs) are now supported. With the expansion of GameStream you now have better advanced controls over the setting as well. You can hardwire to your PC, as well as set FPS, bitrate and other settings for the best experience in your own situation. You can even add unofficially supported games to GameStream now if you're willing to tweak a bit.

4 years ago

The HTC One M8 Dot View Case

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The HTC One M8 Dot View Case

HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case
HTC One M8 Dots View Case

HTC One Dot View Case

An innovative case for your HTC One M8, with one major flaw

HTC's got a pretty intriguing phone in the new HTC One M8 — be sure to read our review — and it's got a pretty intriguing case to go along with it. The Dot View case does a few things at once. First and foremost, it protects your phone in that folio style that everyone seems to be doing these days. And it does so while still allowing information to come through, and while allowing you to interact with your phone, but in a much different way.

4 years ago

Delta does Gogo Wifi on its first international flights

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Delta does Gogo Wifi on its first international flights

Gogo

Gogo

Good news for you folks who just have to stay connected while winging it to Asia: Delta has launched its first Wifi-enabled flights from Atlanta to Tokyo, and from Los Angeles to Tokyo. The initial rollout is on the 747-400. Gogo expects to complete installation on the rest of Delta's international fleet — the 777, 767, 757, 747 and Airbus A330 by the end of 2015. Press release

4 years ago

NVIDIA announces Maxwell architecture chip codenamed 'Erista' to come after Tegra K1, launch in 2015

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NVIDIA announces Maxwell architecture chip codenamed 'Erista' to come after Tegra K1, launch in 2015

Tegra Roadmap

Tegra Roadmap

As Tegra K1 just starts getting into devices, we already have a hint of what's in store for next year

We're here in San Jose at the GPU Technology Conference where NVIDIA has just given us a sneak peek at its mobile product roadmap. We all saw the unveiling of its latest-generation mobile chip, the Tegra K1, at CES 2014 and now we know that "Erista" is the codename for its successor.

Considering that the Tegra K1 is just now making its way into devices — NVIDIA showed it powering a self-driving Audi, actually — we're still a good ways off from knowing any details about Erista. The one piece of information we know is that Erista will be based on a Maxwell GPU architecture, the leading design from NVIDIA for its desktop-class chips until today when it unveiled Pascal, whereas Tegra K1 is based on the older Kepler architecture.

You can bet we'll hear a lot more about Erista as we get closer to 2015.

4 years ago

In pictures: The HTC One (M8) in silver and gold

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In pictures: The HTC One (M8) in silver and gold

HTC One M8
HTC One M8
HTC One M8
HTC One M8
HTC One M8
HTC One M8
HTC One M8

HTC One M8

Amber gold and glacial silver versions of HTC's new flagship

The new HTC One (M8) is official, and HTC's "hero" color for the device is the shiny gunmetal grey, with its unique brushed texture. But what about the lesser-spotted amber gold and glacial silver versions? Well, they sport a more traditional matte texture on their metallic bodies, like the 2013 HTC One (M7). And we managed to track down both elusive color variants at the London launch events today.

Check 'em out in our gallery after the break.

4 years ago

One versus One: Comparing HTC's all-new flagship to its predecessor

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One versus One: Comparing HTC's all-new flagship to its predecessor

HTC One M7 + M8
HTC One (M8) vs. HTC One (M7)
M7 vs M8
M7 + M8 buttons
M7 + M8
M8 and M7 buttons
Sense 5 vs Sense 6
Sense 5 vs Sense 6
Sense 5 vs Sense 6
Sense 5 vs Sense 6
HTC One M7 vs M8 photo sample
HTC One M7 vs M8 photo sample
HTC One M7 vs M8 photo sample
HTC One M8 camera
HTC One 2014 + 2013

HTC One M7 + M8

How does the new HTC One (M8) compare to last year's model, the M7?

With today's launch of the new HTC One, the "M8," we're sure plenty of owners of last year's HTC One will be wondering how the new handset stacks up. Sure, 2014's HTC One boasts beefier internals, a larger screen, and an additional camera for capturing depth information. But what about the look, feel and software features? Join us after the break for an in-depth comparison of HTC's 2013 and 2014 flagships.

4 years ago

HTC One (M8) available in the U.S., Canada, and U.K. from today

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HTC One (M8) available in the U.S., Canada, and U.K. from today

HTC One box

HTC One box

1.p.m ET: retail launch on Verizon, online launch on AT&T, Sprint; available in the U.K. from 4 p.m. GMT

The all-new HTC One (M8) has been officially announced, and we're now able to bring you details of retail and online availability for the device in the U.S., Canada, and U.K. As previously announced, the new HTC One will go on sale at select Carphone Warehouse locations in London from 4 p.m. GMT. In the U.S. the device will go on sale in Verizon retail stores at 1 p.m. ET, and at that time it'll also be available online from AT&T and Sprint. Meanwhile T-Mobile will launch the M8 in April. In Canada, Rogers, Bell, and TELUS are also kicking off pre-sales today with in-store availability later on.

4 years ago

Camera samples from the new HTC One

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Camera samples from the new HTC One

HTC One camera

HTC One camera

One of the biggest questions about the new HTC One? The camera. It's just tough to wrap your head around a 4-megapixel main camera in 2014 — especially when the front-facing camera shoots at a slightly higher resolution (when shooting 4:3, anyway). It's just one of those weird quirks about an otherwise excellent phone.

The real proof is in the pudding, however.

In real-world use, we've found the new HTC One camera to be quick to focus, which is good, because that focal point is still mighty important, especially when it comes to lighting. The original HTC One struggled outdoors, with images often being blown out in sunlight. That's less of an issue now, thanks to software improvements and a new camera module, but there still are instances in which the camera seems to be overwhelmed.

4 years ago

HTC One Review (M8)

HTC One Review (M8)

HTC One (M8) Review

HTC One (M8) Review

The HTC One has done what few phones have done before. A year after its release, it still holds up. That’s not always the case with a smartphone, and HTC’s had its share of phones that disappointed in the long-term. The HTC One, however? Still a good buy.

But time is ticking for that original HTC One, also known by its codename, M7. Today, it’s been replaced by a new HTC One. A sleeker, more powerful, slightly larger HTC One. The M8.

And what’s more — it’s available for purchase today.

The original HTC One was the company’s first major push into an all- (OK, mostly) metal construction, milling out a single block of aluminum for what was a pretty striking phone. But the new HTC One? Downright futuristic. More metal. A more impressive design. A bigger display. And the best software HTC’s ever put together, with HTC Sense 6 and its wealth of features running atop Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The new HTC One is, quite simply, the best smartphone HTC has ever made.

But it’s not without a few quirks. Join us as we walk you through the new HTC One, as only Android Central can do.

Click here for our full review.

4 years ago

Existing HTC One owners will be updated to Sense 6

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Existing HTC One owners will be updated to Sense 6

HTC One (M7)

HTC One (M7)

Update will be available later this spring

While today's HTC event was all about the new HTC One (M8), we got some good news for folks using the current model. HTC says they are committed to keeping their phones updated, and part of that is providing the latest version of HTC Sense to phones capable.

HTC has been pretty transparent about their update process, and this is the sort of news we all love to hear.

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