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HTC announce that the HTC 8S will never get the WP8.1 update 1


HTC has announced on their support forums that, after much discussion with Microsoft, that the HTC 8S does not meet the hardware criteria for the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 Preview.

HTC does not reveal the issue, but I suspect it may be related to the small amount of internal storage (only 4 GB) on the handset.

In better news however HTC has also said that they will start pushing out the WP8.1 GDR1 update to HTC 8X users, after some time, to assess the stability of the device with the OS.

While Microsoft has done an excellent job bringing the software to the cheapest Nokia Lumia, the HTC 8S was always designed as a cheap handset, and as such the expectation of multiple future updates may be limited.

Are our readers overly disappointed or surprised by this decision? Let us know below.

Thanks hengxiang32401 for the tip.

HTC 8X and 8S not getting WP8.1 Update 1 due to driver issue

HTC Windows Phone 8 users may have noticed that, despite having signed up for the developer preview, that they have not received the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 update.

WPC reports on a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson explaining the issue.

They said:

"We have paused delivery of Windows Phone 8.1 Update to customers with the HTC 8X and HTC 8S who are using the Preview for Developers. Microsoft and HTC have identified an issue and are actively working to fix it, and will resume delivery of the update once a fix is in place."

The issue is believed to be due to a driver, suggesting that the devices might need a firmware update before getting the latest software.

Around 3% of Windows Phones in the market are believed to be HTC handsets, based on AdDuplex data. Are many of our readers affected by this? Let us know below.

HTC 8S ROM hacked en route to a custom ROM


Ken Hutchinson on XDA-Developers.com has found a way to decompress, add to and flash a modified ROM to the HTC 8S.

The evidence can be seen in the custom boot image, displayed above, and a video which can be seen after the break.

As of yet the hack has limited utility, as the OS remains signed and encrypted, but there appears to be signs that even this protection may fall soon.

Read more about their progress at XDA-Developers here.

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HTC’s Make More Space updated to version 1.5

htcmakemorespaceqrIf Other Storage is making your HTC Windows Phone feel a bit cramped, HTC’s Make More Space App may relieve the pressure.

The app now supports both the HTC 8S and HTC 8X, and will delete temporary files not properly removed by the operating system.

Find the app in the Windows Phone Store here.

Statements by Microsoft suggest this issue will not be troubling Windows Phone users for long, as Windows Phone GDR2 will be better able to manage these temporary files.

Via WindowsPhoneItaly.com

HTC 8S also getting GDR 2 update, brings Other Storage cleaner


We have had numerous tips from all around Europe letting us know the GDR 2 update is rolling out to HTC 8X and HTC 8S handsets.

WindowsMania.pl had a good look around their device, and noticed besides the Microsoft GDR2 features HTC has also added the ability to clean temporary files, finally also addressing the “other storage” issue on HTC handsets.

So far we have heard the GDR2 update has hit HTC handsets in Turkey, Italy, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Poland and of course the Netherlands.

Has it hit any countries outside of Europe? Let us know below.

Thanks everyone who sent in tips.

Roxy Pro Biarritz 2013 Official Teaser video features sexy HTC 8S and Microsoft Surface

Australian women’s surf and swimwear giant Roxy is currently in hot water over a video teaser for their Pro Biarritz 2013 teaser, which shows some Microsoft mobile hardware in a rather private setting.

The video asks #WhoAmIJustGuess, and while many may guess five-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore, I suspect too few would know the real answer – the HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 handset and Microsoft Surface.

While the teaser has been accused of lingering too long on sexy lines and curves, I think all will be forgiven if the viewers knew they could have their very own HTC 8S for only $229.95.

Via Reddit.com

Deal Alert: Grey/Yellow HTC 8S available today only for only 166 Euro


Dutch store Wenkamp.nl is selling the HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 handset for only 166 Euro.

The deal is today only, and only applies to the grey/yellow combination of the handset, with the Black and White version selling for 50 Euro more.

It seems the electronic form will only accept orders from the Netherlands, but I am sure a call to their customer service will get around that issue.

See the deal at Wehkamp here.

Via WP7.nl

Deal Alert: HTC 8S only AUS$ 129 commitment-free on Telstra


We have seen a few great Windows Phone 8 deals recently, but I think the HTC 8S may take the cake for the cheapest yet.

Telstra is offering the handset on Pay as You Go for only $129 Australian ($125 US). While the handset has the same basic specs as other devices in the price range (512 MB RAM, no front-facing camera, only 4 GB of storage) at this price it is cheap enough to buy for a teen or to keep in the glove box, making those issues much less relevant.

See the deal at Telstra here.

Thanks Brent3000 for the tip.

Nokia Lumia 820 reviewed against the HTC 8S

I don’t think we tend to think too much about the Nokia Lumia 820, and tend to lump all handsets which do not have HD screens into the same low-end bracket.

PCAdvisor has however reviewed the Nokia Lumia 820 vs the HTC 8S, and showed that there are distinct differences between the two handsets, which helps to demonstrate that, even if you do not get a HD screen, you still get what you pay for when it comes to a Windows Phone.

They conclude:

The HTC Windows Phone 8S is the first Windows Phone 8 handset to fit into the mid-range price category. As such it’s not quite the performer of the high-end Windows Phone 8 devices such as the bottom-of-the-high-end Lumia 820, but it’s not so poor as to make it a bad deal. It offers solid performance and features for a reasonable price. Whether you prefer it to a similarly priced Android phone will depend on your own subjective preference of platform.

The Lumia 820 is a smaller and cheaper version of the 920. It doesn’t pack the same punch as that high-end Windows Phone, especially in key areas such as the screen and camera. But we like the interchangeable covers and decent battery life. It’s a better phone than the HTC Windows Phone 8S, but it costs more – to buy outright, at least. In Windows Phones, you get what you pay for.

On Amazon the HTC 8S costs £219 while the Nokia Lumia 820 is £370. Do our readers think the Nokia Lumia 820 is worth the premium?

Read PCAdvisor’s full review here.

Nokia Lumia 820, 920 and HTC 8S now available on Mobitel in Slovenia


Mobitel, Slovenia’s largest carrier, has launched a full Windows Phone 8 range, and are currently offering the HTC 8S, Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920.

All the handsets are available for from 1 Euro on various 24 month contracts, with the Nokia Lumia 920 costing the most at 21 Euro per month (slightly cheaper than the SGSG 3) and the HTC 8S as low as 9 Euro per month.

See the range at Mobitel’s front page here, where it is currently being promoted.

Thanks Damir for the tip.

HTC updates ‘Make More Space’ app

imageHere is an HTC exclusive app which I did not even know about.

HTC has created an app which allows users to monitor the amount of free space on their phone and also tell you what is taking up your space, thereby allowing you to manage your content better.

The app is meant for the HTC 8S, which only has 4 GB of storage, and does not work on the HTC 8X, which come in 8 and 16 GB variants.

The app has now been updated to version 1.2, hopefully fixing the compatibility issues,  and can be downloaded from your HTC device only.

Via WindowsPhoneItaly.com

HTC 8S unboxed (video)

Online retailer Clove have posted this unboxing  for the HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 handset.

The device has a 1 Ghz dual-core processor, WVGA screen, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage and microSD expansion, and is of course Beats Audio enabled.

The handset is available SIM-free from the company for £187.49 before VAT and £224.99 after. Three UK is also offering the device on very attractive packages.