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HTC U Ultra begins shipping in the US on March 10th

The U Ultra is HTC's latest attempt to get back on track, and it's shipping soon. How soon? March 10th. The pre-order page now lists that as the shipping date, whereas previously it only said "mid-March." The U Ultra could be reaching doorsteps by early next week.

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Leaked screenshot hints at a new HTC Edge Sense feature and/or phone

HTC is about to get edgy, if these recent leaked screenshots are to be believed. The company might be working on a new flagship device with high end specs like a Snapdragon 835, 5.5" display, 4/6GB RAM and 64GB storage, USB-C, Android 7.1.1, and a new mysterious "Edge Sense" feature that has something to do with the borders of this specific phone.

Our only hint is a toggle in the settings for "Edge Sense" with an icon that looks like a finger reaching for the edge of the device. One interpretation could be that HTC is following in the footsteps of Samsung and going with a curved display, allowing it to implement gestures and actions on the side of the display.

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Google announces RCS support for Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Globe subscribers

Late last year, Google announced that Sprint would be the first carrier to use its Jibe RCS Cloud platform. Several more carriers have joined since then, including Rogers in Canada and Telanor in Europe and Asia. In a blog post from Google, the company announced that Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Globe will be rolling out Jibe RCS to their customers.

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HTC's upcoming budget phone, the One X10, gets leaked

Back in January, we got our first look at the HTC One X10. Much like the One X9 before it, the X10 is a 5.5" budget phone designed for markets like India. Now we have a better look at it, courtesy of a post on Weibo.

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Sprint's HTC One A9 gets its Nougat OTA update

We're finally getting a good, steady stream of Android 7.0 updates for major smartphones. Several months later than we'd like to have them, of course, but such is life in the current world of Android software. Today owners of the HTC A9 on Sprint get a turn, at least according to HTC's official support page. The page says that software update 2.18.651.2 includes an upgrade to Nougat, as well as bringing the core security patch up to January of this year.

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HTC is working on a mobile VR product for U Ultra, "not a phone slapped onto a headset"

Mobile virtual reality hasn't really struck a chord with consumers. Content for Google Daydream is lacking, and Samsung's Gear VR platform isn't doing much better. HTC's president of global sales, Chia-lin Chang, has revealed that the company is working on its own mobile VR product - and it's "not a phone slapped onto a headset."

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T-Mobile is rolling out Feb. 2017 security patches to the Galaxy S4 and Tab 3, their first updates since 2015

The Galaxy S4, in its day, was a pretty capable smartphone. However, with its fourth birthday fast approaching, its update period has long since passed. No matter to T-Mobile, though; the company has just pushed the latest February 2017 security patches to it and the older Galaxy Tab 3... but they're still on Android 4.4 KitKat.

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HTC loses Jason Mackenzie, a longtime top-level executive

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More pictures of HTC's Android Wear smartwatch emerge

HTC's Android Wear watch, codenamed Halfbeak, leaked back in October on Chinese social network Weibo. Since then, we haven't heard a peep from the Taiwanese company regarding the watch. Nevertheless, a bucketload of new photos have popped up, again on Weibo, showing the watch in all its glory.

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[Update: RUU file] HTC's One A9 is finally getting its Nougat update tonight

HTC has been sort of falling apart lately. While the 10 was a solid improvement over the last year's M9, the A9s was a downgraded and even more iPhone-inspired version of the A9, and the recently-announced U Ultra is already somewhat doomed thanks to its lack of a headphone jack, very small battery, limited availability, and ambitious price tag. In the latest installment of the saga, the mid-range One A9 is just now receiving Android 7.0 Nougat.

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