It not new news, but Tom Warren has once again confirmed that HTC is working on a Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8.
The HTC One M8 features:
5.0 inches, Full HD LCD3 Display,1080x1920p Resolution. 2GB RAM, 2.3GHz Quad-core, Snapdragon 801 Processor, 128GB microSD Support, 160 g, 2600 mAh Battery, All-metal Unibody, Duo Ultrapixel Camera, Built-in Amplifier Speakers, IR Blaster.
The Windows Phone version will hopefully retain much of those features and with the new support for active phone cases the Windows Phone version could also support HTC’s Dotview Case.
See a video below for a demonstration of that case in action.
At Computex conference, Nick Parker, Microsoft’s VP of OEM partners hinted that new HTC Windows devices are coming. Early this week, we reported that a new high end Windows Phone 8.1 handset by HTC coming to Verizon later this year. While the previous reports suggested that HTC would release a mid-range WP8.1 device, @evleaks revealed that the upcoming HTC device will have BoomSound and also Duo Cameras which are part of HTC’s flagship range. We should come to know about the upcoming device in coming weeks.
“I’d love to break some news here if I could,” said Parker in response to a question about manufacturing partners. “But instead I’ll just say that Microsoft will continue to have a great relationship with HTC. New things are coming, so get excited.”
evLeaks have teased us once again about a new high end Windows Phone 8.1 handset by HTC coming to Verizon later this year.
On this occasion he gave some more details about the handset, noting it will have similar features as the HTC A9.
evLeaks revealed some good news for HTC fans on Windows Phones.
The company is apparently set to release a new Windows Phone 8.1 flagship named the HTC W8#WL.
The bad news is that the handset, like seemingly every high end Windows Phone, will be heading to Verizon in USA, which may either mean there is an exclusivity period or the handset may never make it to international markets at all.
How do our readers feel about the news? Let us know below.
Yesterday Microsoft became the largest Windows Phone OEM, and a direct competitor to Samsung, HTC, LG and all other smartphone OEMs, not just those who sell Windows Phones.
One would have thought this would have strained cooperation between Microsoft and these companies (we don’t often hear of HTC and Samsung working well together) but according to a HTC representative this is not the case.
PCWorld reports that a representative for HTC said Friday that the company hasn’t changed its position regarding Microsoft after its multibillion deal with Nokia closed Friday.
“Our position remains the same: Microsoft remains a valued partner and we don’t anticipate any change to our relationship,” the HTC spokesman said in an email.
It is however a truism in the industry that one can never successfully compete with your OEMs, and it is of note that HTC has still not announced a handset sporting the new Windows Phone 8.1 OS.
Do our readers think Microsoft can pull off competing against their licensees? Let us know below.
The Economic Times of India reports that HTC may consider buying Nokia’s Chennai plant if it is put up for sale to a third party other than Microsoft.
The plant may be excluded from the sale of Nokia’s handset division to Microsoft due to an ongoing dispute between Nokia and the Indian Inland Revenue Service.
"I am happy to look into it, because the overall preparation, exploration hinges upon if it will serve consumers better. If that (plant) will do that (service consumers better), then we would be happy to look further into it," Chialin Chang, HTC Chief Financial Officer, told ET.
A person with knowledge of the matter said the Chennai plant may be fast losing its importance to Microsoft, given the ongoing tax issues.
"It makes no sense for Microsoft to keep the factory as they can easily outsource the entire production to China, just like Apple does, and successfully at that", the person said.
Nokia has reportedly already shifted much of the production of its popular Asha series featurephones to Vietnam.
HTC said the Indian market was “very crucial” for HTC and that they were exploring lower price points.
HTC never gave up on Windows Phone eco-system. Even though the didn’t release any new device in recent past, they maintained the status that they are still part of Windows Phone platform. Today, WPDang reported that HTC is working on a flagship Windows Phone device based on the recently launched HTC One M8 Android device. Even though there was no mention of date regarding its release, we can expect such device in the future.
5.0 inches, Full HD LCD3 Display,1080x1920p Resolution. 2GB RAM, 2.3GHz Quad-core, Snapdragon 801 Processor, 128GB microSD Support, Android 4.4.2, Sense 6.0 UI, 160 g, 2600 mAh Battery, All-metal Unibody, Duo Ultrapixel Camera, Built-in Amplifier Speakers, IR Blaster.
Source: WPDang via: WPD
HTC is not in the best financial position, so the company could be forgiven for doubling down on handsets running the most popular mobile operating system.
At Mobile World Congress they announced the Desire 816, a plastic version of the flagship HTC One.
They are however not giving up on Windows Phone after all, with HTC America President Jason Mackenzie telling Re/code in an interview in Barcelona that more Windows Phone handsets are on the way.
“We’ll continue to partner with Microsoft,” Mackenzie said.
He told Re/code to expect new models, but didn’t offer any specifics on timing.
Are any of our readers still HTC Windows Phone fans? Let us know below.
At Mobile World Congress, Samsung yesterday announced their next flagship device Galaxy S5. Samsung’s main competitors Nokia and HTC mocked Samsung’s announcement on Twitter.
HTC’s Twitter account tweeted: “Buyer’s remorse: Coming soon to S5 owners. March 25.” pointing to HTC’s upcoming flagship announcement next month.
Nokia on its part tweeted, “Stand out from the crowd! #MWC14 #UNPACKED. NOT THE SAMESUNG ;)” pointing to the Lumia/Windows Phone differentiation among the crowd.
Even though both these are pretty decent attempts in making fun on Galaxy S5, I liked something else. Find it out after the break.
For the usage of Play Store and Android, Google signs the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) with OEMs like Samsung, HTC, LG, etc,. We have known very little about this agreement Google signs with OEMs. Today, Google’s Mobile Application Distribution Agreement with HTC got leaked on the internet and it reveals lots of strict policies that Google demand from OEMs. For example, you need to install all Google apps, Google Search should be the default search provider, Google’s Network Location Provider service must be installed by default and more.
To distribute Google’s mobile applications—Google Search, Maps, YouTube, Calendar, Gmail, Talk, the Play app store, and more—a phone manufacturer needs a license from Google, called a Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA). Key provisions of the MADA:
“Devices may only be distributed if all Google Applications [listed elsewhere in the agreement] … are pre-installed on the Device.” See MADA section 2.1.
The phone manufacturer must “preload all Google Applications approved in the applicable Territory … on each device.” See MADA section 3.4(1).
The phone manufacturer must place “Google’s Search and the Android Market Client icon [Google Play] … at least on the panel immediately adjacent to the Default Home Screen,” with “all other Google Applications … no more than one level below the Phone Top.” See MADA Section 3.4(2)-(3).
The phone manufacturer must set “Google Search … as the default search provider for all Web search access points.” See MADA Section 3.4(4).
Google’s Network Location Provider service must be preloaded and the default. See MADA Section 3.8(c).
EC is ending its investigation on Google’s unfair search practices in the coming months. I guess Google’s Android practices may be the next one for European Commission to investigate. Read more about it from the link below.
In a press release Nokia announced HTC and the Nordic company have agreed to settle all outstanding patent litigation and enter into a a patent and technology collaboration agreement.
While some are painting the announcement as a peace settlement, the truth is that it is more of a capitulation on HTC’s part, as noted by the fact that HTC will be paying Nokia undisclosed fees.
HTC will also be sharing its own LTE patents with Nokia, which should help ensure Nokia’s Advanced Technology division remains relevant in the years to come. The full terms of the agreement are confidential.
“We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long standing licensee for Nokia’s standards essential patents,” said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia. “This agreement validates Nokia’s implementation patents and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities.”
Nokia has already won regular patent royalty payments from Apple, and HTC’s eventual surrender was inevitable, after losing 4 infringement cases in a row against Nokia.
“Nokia has one of the most preeminent patent portfolios in the industry,” said Grace Lei, General Counsel of HTC. “As an industry pioneer in smartphones with a strong patent portfolio, HTC is pleased to come to this agreement, which will enable us to stay focused on innovation for consumers.”
The companies also agreed to explore future technology collaboration opportunities.
See the press release here.
We reported recently on Nokia’s string of patent infringement wins against HTC, noting that it seemed time for HTC to take out a royalty bearing license, just like Apple did 3 years ago.
It seems HTC has decided to go a harder route, and in a filing at the Taiwan Stock Exchange on Saturday said:
“We are investigating modifications for our handsets to remove this redundant technology.”
HTC anticipates the change will cause minimal disruption to their customers.
Of course the real problem with trying to design around Nokia’s patents is the depth of Nokia’s portfolio, making it rather likely something else will pop up that HTC is infringing on.
Our message to HTC – you might as well pay the piper.
Via ZDNet.com, thanks Tom for the tip.
While the twitter battles Nokia has been engaging in recently are of course somewhat childish, they remain rather entertaining, and Nokia had a rather good one recently when HTC Russia asked their followers to offer suggestions on how to use their smartphones in the deep cold of the Russian winter.
It did not take Nokia Russia long to quip that this did not represent any problem at all, if you had the right phone.
Being the Russian winter, there was no need to apply cold water to the burn.