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Always a reliable source of exciting info not yet intended for public consumption, @evleaks has just tweeted a screenshot labeled plainly "M8," the implication being that we're looking at a screenshot from HTC's yet-unnamed flagship phone. The screenshot looks pretty sharp, featuring white iconography on KitKat-style translucent system bars, and familiar HTC-flavored launcher icons.

What's probably more interesting, though, is the presence of software navigation keys. Could HTC finally be ditching capacitive keys? Readers may remember previous rumors indicating the hotly-anticipated handset would be implementing software keys - @evleaks' image would seem to confirm at least that rumor (though there's no evidence for rumors that the nav bar will be swipe-activated), while things like dual rear-facing cameras are still up in the air.

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)

Liam Spradlin
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  • Brendan

    Looks pretty nice! Hopefully that green stuff is just for this scenario and not a system-wide color!

    • Derek Traini

      You will be able to change the color.

    • hans

      Shen Ye tweeted that you can change the color to your liking

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        Wow what a reliable source!

  • Alex Boro

    Looks flatter. Lets try not to pull a Samsung/Apple.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      Android 4.4 KitKat looks flatter.
      That's the point, Google's trying to make Android look simple and HTC is doing just that as well.

      I really like this design personally.

    • jonathan3579

      Except HTC moved to a flatter UI before Google, Apple, and Samsung.

  • Nick

    It's so...pretty.

  • Shaun Hammond

    Hopefully this won't take long to arrive on the M7. Stock Android is so bleh now.

  • Ryan Callihan

    I'd LOVE to see another major OEM implement software keys into Android. The thing I hated the most about the one was it's weird button layout. Let's pray this one doesn't have a lock button up top.

    • Ricardo Neves

      If they still use the power button as IR-blaster, it would not make sense to have it on the side.

      • Ryan Callihan

        Ergonomically, I don't think a power button on top of a device with a nearly 5" screen makes sense at all. Sure, it's neat that the IR blaster was in there, but in the long run I think it detracts from the experience. At least for me personally.

        • Ricardo Neves

          I agree with you the placement is not ideal, it was awkward for me when i bought it, but i got used to it. Maybe they could implement double-tap to wake like LG.

          • Ryan Callihan

            Yeah, I'm a firm believer in one handed use of a cell phone and every time I used the One I found it a bit awkward too. That'd be cool, but LG probably owns the patent on that and HTC would get sued into oblivion.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            I can't confirm who owns what patents, but I think it's unlikely that LG owns a broad patent on gesture-to-wake. For example, Blackberry uses swipe-up-to-wake on Blackberry OS 10, and I'm sure somebody else was doing it before that (though I can't remember who). Point is, it's not a unique feature and it's probably not a grossly overpriced license to pay for.

            I should add, I'm using a custom kernel that has double-tap-to-wake and swipe-to-wake enabled on the HTC One. I still use the power button when I pull the phone from my pocket and it's easily accessible in the process, but I use the screen gestures when I'm picking the phone up from a flat surface or already have it in hand.

          • Ryan Callihan

            I was thinking more specifically the double-tap. I totally forgot about the fact that BB was using it before LG. Interesting point though.

            I don't know, that button placement just rubs me the wrong way. I thought the HTC One was a great phone, but I couldn't get past the button setup. The M8 looks promising to say the least (If this screenshot is real).

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            It took me a long time to get used to side-located power buttons when I got a Lumia 900 (for development purposes) and later the Nexus 4. In a small way, I still slightly prefer the top-mounted button.

            It's just because of small things, like I tend to accidentally bump the power button on my N4 and N5 more easily with them on the side. There are also times that I've been in a rush and mixed up the power and volume buttons, especially if the phone is in my pocket. I just feel like side-mounted power buttons are slightly less conducive to muscle memory.

            Plus, I have really long fingers, so the extra stretch for the power button just doesn't bother me.

          • abobobilly

            *long fingers*
            *extra stretch for the power "button"*

            Wow. She must be very happy.

            j/k

          • Ahmato27

            I think you guys are forgetting that double tap to wake was available on the Nokia N9 more than 2 years ago, that's the first phone that had double tap to wake if i recall correctly.

            Nokia still uses this feature on their current Flagship Lumia line-up.

        • abobobilly

          HTC has a bad reputation for just this thing. If only they could place the power button on the side on their ONE, it would've been a PERFECT device. But they just had to f*ck it up.

          For devices which need to be awakened using power button, this is a a recipe for disaster. A handful of people man up and accept this. Other choose to defend this because "they" think its fine. In reality, practically, all it does is makes it harder for one handed usage ... MUCH Harder ... and Uncomfortable.

          I would definitely love them if they could implement something like N9's feature. You know, double tap to awake the screen. Its Android. We already have such a thing in Custom ROMs and stuff, so i can't possibly think of any reason why they "can't" do it.

      • http://www.emoneyspace.com/cashd00d WHAT?

        Didn't they separate the power button and IR-blaster on the One Maxx? They could do it here too.

  • Ricardo Neves

    So in 2014, Samsung will be the only major OEM with capacitive/physical buttons on its flagship. How many years till we get a Galaxy with on-screen buttons?

    • Jared

      when apple does it

    • madmaglio

      I hate to say it but my favorite thing about the S4 is the button. It's just so much easier to turn on the device with one finger. I used to have arguments for having only software buttons when I had a nexus but now I kind of never want to go back.

      • Hobie Helbich

        Or you could get a Moto X that shows the active notifications when you touch it or pull it out of your pocket, and you can unlock it with absolutely zero button interaction :)

      • Simon Belmont

        You can turn on the LG G2 with one finger, too. Do the double tap on the screen and it turns on.

        I'd argue that's even nicer because you have a much larger target to hit than a button. Just my two cents.

        • abobobilly

          Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't it Nokia with its N9 which implemented this feature first? (I can't remember for sure if it was already available in Android modding or not)

          Well what ever. The double tap to wake gesture is the nicest thing ever to happy to our Smartphones and is HIGHLY practical. OEMs should look to use it.

    • namesib

      Go to every other major OEM if you like virtual buttons so much. I like that Samsung is actually different amongst Android manufacturers.

    • tocsin

      Samsung may be the only major OEM but still more than 50% won't have on screen buttons

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    Yeah...I already wanna trade in my One for this :)

    The capacitive buttons work fine, but I love software buttons so much more. And hey, look, the multi-tasking button!

    • jonathan3579

      I'm only holding onto my One Max til the announcement of this.

      • Sean Royce

        Why would you even get a one max. It is a joke to the phablet name.

        • jonathan3579

          I only got it simply because it is a larger One. I'm aware there's no added functionality and I wasn't looking for it either. I just wanted what I got.

  • Christopher Mason

    Finally. I don't get what's been taking so long for OEM's to use the Nav bar. It seems like it would be way cheaper than using hardware buttons.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      A lot of OEMs just extended the capacitive sensor down to where the buttons are located, which they'd also have to do with on-screen buttons. Of course, they wouldn't have to extend the screen that far.

      It's a little cheaper to stick with capacitive buttons, but I doubt the relatively minimal savings are justified in the face of continual complaints from tech blogs >.>

      • Gabernasher

        I don't see how it's not cheaper to use on screen buttons, they're part of the screen which I'd imagine they're putting on the phone anyways.

        • Sam Hollis

          Glass isn't free.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            Yes, it costs $1500!!!

            Sorry, I couldn't resist...

          • Sam Hollis

            Knew this was coming haha

          • Adrian Meredith

            Its over 9000!

          • abobobilly

            No one can resist "Glass". It gets you laid.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          It's simple, the OEM has to make the screen taller to accommodate the additional space for the buttons. The capacitive sensor will be just as long either way, same with the glass. The thing that changes is the physical display, which now has to cover about an extra 1/3 of an inch. A larger display with more pixels is going to cost more than a slightly smaller display with a backlit cutout (like HTC and Samsung have been using).

          • Gabernasher

            But aren't they still mostly 1080x1920? You're literally making the face shorter by not having the extra space with the hard keys.

          • supremekizzle

            And that folks is why those cheap ass fucks at Samsung include them. Not because it's better for the user. Oh no no no, they're all about the max profit. Ya herd.

            ~Sent from my Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. ... designed, and built by, cheap ass fucks~

        • DaveNull

          Err, what's the logic? There's two separate hardware components. There's display panel and there's digitizer screen on top of that (responsible for registering the touch events).

          • Gabernasher

            You need to have a screen anyways. Not extending the touch sensor down to the now non existent keys because they're on the screen cannot be more expensive than extending it.

    • tocsin

      The bot stole you're comment:0

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      Ignoring the "cheaper" part which capacitive buttons most definetely are (see @CodyToombs:disqus arguments), I actually think hardware buttons are more space-saving then on-screen buttons. Before you flame me, think; hardware buttons can be set into the rounded part of the phone case, much lower then the rectangular screen can be. So you'll get say, around 3cm more permanent screen real-estate and lose around 3cm real-estate in immersive mode.

  • Felipe Pimenta

    As a Sony fan (not fanboy), I really like their UI, but... Well, this look incredible. Sony will need to step up if they want to match at least that part of that UI (IMO).

    • abobobilly

      Well for a start SONY definitely needs to improve their PREPOSTEROUS ugly lookin' washed out displays.

      • Felipe Pimenta

        Z1 Compact, T2 Ultra, Z Ultra, Tablet Z, all have amazing displays... Agreed, other devices have some washed out screens, but those are proof that they don't always make bad displays.

        • abobobilly

          I feel its only the "resolution" which makes them beautiful. Otherwise, the instant you get to see two devices such as ONE/S4/G2 side by side with any of the latest Sony devices, you'll feel how absurd looking displays are.

          They don't "always" make bad displays, its just that in smartphones department, they haven't been doing anything splendid, except the designs and hardware.

          • Felipe Pimenta

            My Tablet Z, side to side with a iPad 4 is slightly more vibrant, even though the resolution is lower. Rotating the device to almost 180 degrees, has no color loose at all. Every thing looks just like if you look straight on. My XS, even though have a bit of color change (specially yellow) when you tilt the device, still keeps a quite good fidelity for a 2 year old TFT screen.

            The same XS compared to a S3, doesn't have the same colors pop out like Amoled, but the image looks the same, if not better in terms of fidelity. So, yeah,

  • epsiblivion

    they changed the icon for back button. I kinda liked the old angled one better. now it just blends back into the sea of u shaped ones (sony, samsung, nexus)

  • TY

    The front of the M8:

    sensors---speaker---front camera

    SCREEN!!!
    on-screen buttons which can be completely hidden with immersive mode, absolutely no accidental touches

    ---speaker---

    Now that's effective use of space.

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    • Matt Phillips

      Sooo stoked!

  • Microsoftjunkie

    Wow, Samsung/Apple/ Htc all followig MS/wp foot steps. Glad to have a wp. Nobody can do it better.

    • Segroukin

      LOL!

    • Microsoftjunkie

      Its amazing how many ppl are in denial. Windows mobile spurred apples and androids interface, now windows phone, and the other oems does the same again. History repeats itself. That screenshot is almost to the "t" of how my start screen looks. Don't fight it, buy a wp!

      • saltyzip

        You must be bored with your half dozen apps, why else would you have to visit the competition to leave childish remarks. If your comments don't add value to the conversation keep them to yourself.

        • Microsoftjunkie

          Yea, exactly what you did. I'm pretty sure this is a open discussion. Everything i said is relevant, regardless if you agree. What is childish is you "trying" to tell someone else that they are.

        • Microsoftjunkie

          For you to be pro android you sure comment alot on Apple discussions. Talk about calling the kettle black.

      • http://twitter.com/rluik Rafael Luik

        Except HTC Blinkfeed shows a swipeable and updateable news feed list much like other newsfeed apps, not app shortcuts + live tile updates. It has nothing to do with WP homescreen.

        • Microsoftjunkie

          You must don't understand, when ppl like me say this. It isnt the functionality, its the look/design. MS just won patents for this interface. Wp predates flipboard/blinkfeed/magazine ui. Don't tell me, you know of some other "tiled" os ui, that's been in some mobile product. Ppl like you wouldn't believe companies would get inspiration from wp. I tell you now besides the overall look, that first tile is on my phone right now.

          You'll see this year, when ms starts suing some more.

  • Matthew Fry

    All Google had to do was render stuff under the buttons to get companies to stop making capacitive buttons.

  • jonathan3579

    I like it. I really like it.

  • Gabernasher

    This would be a nice base for the next Nexus phone, whatever they call it, the GPE will be really nice too.

  • Alan Shearer

    CApacitive buttons are better than mechanical buttons (samsung), but on screen buttons kick so much more ass!1

    • NemaCystX

      you're right, my S3's home button started to have issues at some point in its lifespan. the button would not work with some roms and at one point it just broke alltogether...

  • Severo Rivera

    I love stock Android, but this looks beautiful!

    • abobobilly

      I have always liked Sense for its beauty and performance. But BOY it sucks the battery like f*ck.

      • Chris

        I haven't heard many complaints from One users about battery life....

        • abobobilly

          Personally, i think its Adequate. But its by no way "satisfactory". I am not sure why people won't complain (maybe its the beauty of the device keeping them from complaining), but more rational users i face, always complain about ONEs battery life.

          • Chris

            Anyone who expects their phone to last more then 24 hours is just crazy. The battery tech isn't there yet, none of the Android OEMs are working on a new version of batteries (to my knowledge). So if you expect a long lasting battery, buy a bigger phone. If you don't want a bigger phone, plug your phone in while you're sleeping.

  • Mado

    This is how you make a skin, Assmung!

    • Sean Royce

      You're an idiot.

    • jesuguru

      U mado, bro?

  • namesib

    Ugly and nasty. Those virtual buttons ruin the interface.

    • saltyzip

      I think the onscreen buttons are minimalist, gives a phone a clear smooth exterior. I just wish App developers would turn them off when say streaming videos so the full real estate of the screen can be used, BT Sport App I'm talking about you!

  • mustafa

    That's actually quite sexy

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Am I the only one that likes this green theme lol?

    • abobobilly

      I don't, really.

      Green. Blue. White. Then again Green.

      There are other colors out there. Someone tell these companies.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        If you love other colors, you could try WP too.

        • abobobilly

          Custom ROMS sire! ALWAYS work.

          I'd kill myself if i ever had to switch to WP8, or even iOS for that matter.

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Yeah, custom ROMs come in where OEMs let down their customers. :D

  • NemaCystX

    In light on recent events, if the M8 lives up to the hype, I might sell my Moto X and buy this baby, or just wait till the next Nexus, whichever I find more appeasing.

    The huge bezel and no on screen keys on the One and the not so great Sense 5 is what made me return it. I wish they wouldn't have deviated so far from Sense 3 & lower. They should just nix sense and do what Motorola did and just do a minimalist approach using stock but with few customizations (not entirely stock but just enough to make it distinct enough to know its an HTC phone.

  • Frank Lopez

    So now all manufacturers copying that "dull, horrible" windows 8 experience lol

    They copied apple now moved on to microsoft.

  • taxi333

    get it on time Verizon, Please!!!

  • http://byazrov.ru/ Russian Photographer

    don't buy HTC. It's a great phone but the worst service on Earth. As soon as you paid money HTC couldn't care less about you.

  • RXG9

    please have removable battery!

  • IncCo

    Looks like shit

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