HTC raised more than a few eyebrows when it announced the Vive, a VR headset that ostensibly competes with the more well-known Oculus Rift. But far from being some one-off excursion like the Re Camera, the Vive has gained critical acclaim from those who've had access to its pre-production developer units, and HTC's partnership with Valve gives the company an in with one of the gaming industry's most influential players. At CES 2016, HTC revealed a new model, the Vive Pre, with some very interesting additions to the original.
On top of some ergonomic adjustments for more comfortable wear, the Vive Pre adds a front-facing camera to the design, which allows for easy viewing of the real world without having to remove the headset.
At last year's Mobile World Congress, HTC and Under Armour announced the Grip, a fitness tracker that would never appear on store shelves. HTC scrapped the product to work on something better—its words, not ours. At this year's CES, HTC and Under Armour are back to show us what better means.
It was merely a couple of weeks ago that Mo Versi announced on Twitter that some Marshmallow goodies were on track for December release on HTC's latest flagships, the One A9 and One M9. Now according to him, the updates are ready to roll out on both devices, just in time for Christmas. I think HTC likes the idea of being the Santa of OTA updates.
HTC doesn't have to worry about the One X9 leaking anymore, because now it's official. It has a lot in common with the One A9, but the unibody metal design veers slightly away from the iPhone clone vibe of that device. The phone was announced in China yesterday, and that's where it's going to stay for the time being.
Last month, HTC's unreleased X9 got caught parading on China's TENAA website while getting certified for the market. At the time, we had a few simple photos and a list of specs to conjure an idea of what the device would be like. The X9 is now making another appearance on Chinese website anzhuo, but this time in full, turned on, ports opened, different positions (ehm) glory.
It's officially the Christmas season, and you know what that means: holiday meals with family, fruit cake, and terrible gifts. I mean, there are probably (hopefully?) going to be some good gifts, too, but there will almost definitely be some terrible ones. Whether it's that out-of-touch aunt who thinks you're still 12, or that one relative who always buys you something even though they know nothing about you, there will definitely be some crap gifts this holiday season. I can't wait.
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If you go to the Google Store's Nexus 9 page, you'll see that it clearly shows Verizon compatibility for the tablet's LTE variant. The problem is that this claim simply isn't true. Last December, a thread was started on XDA regarding the issue, in which a few people showed that putting a Verizon SIM into the tablet made it exhibit some rather odd behavior. Specifically: it didn't work. Over a year after launch, there is still no fix. After some extensive testing, it appears this probably isn't Verizon's fault, but more likely a software or hardware issue that needs to be resolved by Google, HTC, or Qualcomm.
HTC's US web store is gearing up for some big sales this holiday shopping season, and as with most things of this sort, it's kicking off on Black Friday. There are some steep discounts happening, but the offerings will change every few days during "Cyber Week," which I guess is a thing now. First up, a killer deal on the Nexus 9.
HTC is at something of a crossroads right now. After the disappointing performance of the One M9 earlier this year and steadily declining revenue, the company is launching the HTC Preview program. It's a way for users to test unreleased devices and software in order to help HTC improve them before they see the light of day. The HTC Preview team also did an AMA on Reddit to talk about the program, though they shied away from some of the tougher questions.