It's no secret why CyanogenMod is the most popular custom ROM out there; not only does it support a metric crapload of Android devices, but it also keeps them going far past their primes. The latest devices to get support for CM14.1 (Android 7.1 Nougat) nightlies include two variants of the Galaxy S III, the second-generation Moto X, a few Oppo devices, two versions of the HTC One Max, two Xiaomi phones, and more.
HTC seems to have forgotten about its sole entrant into the "phablet" market - they haven't released anything as large as the 5.9-inch One Max since its debut way back in 2013. But presumably the people who own it still like it, or at least use it, so the news that HTC is finally updating the device to Android 5.0 should be welcome. Numerous users have started receiving the Lollipop OTA as evidenced by posts to Twitter and XDA-Developers.
At the moment it looks like the release is limited to European and Asian territories: so far owners in Poland, the Czech Republic, France, and HTC's home country Taiwan have reported that they've gotten the OTA alert on their phones.
The first thing HTC announced at its Double Exposure event today wasn't new hardware. No, the company was very eager to share its new software, which it has coined the EYE Experience. This term encapsulates a full range of features all aimed at making your HTC phone a better tool for taking photos.
Let's run through the features. One addition is an Auto-Selfie (ignore the name and bear with me here) function that will automatically take a photo with the front-facing camera after users have framed the shot and held the phone still for two seconds. There's also the ability to use voice prompts, such as "Say Cheese" to take a photo or "Action" to record a video without having to reach for a button.
Verizon just released its variant of the HTC One Max for a cool three-hundred dollar bill this morning, but Wirefly clearly thought that was just too much, so it knocked a full 50 percent off that. Yeah, you can get the One Max for $150. Of course, that requires a new two-year agreement, but it looks like it's working for both new contracts and upgrades. That's hard to beat.
At this point, we're thinking this could be an error on someone's part, because that's a hell of a deal on a brand-spankin'-new handset, especially one like the One Max. If it does turn out to be a dud, Best Buy is selling the handset for $50 off – not a substantial savings by any standard, but still better than $300.
If you like massive phones, fingerprint scanners, HTC, and Verizon, today might just be the luckiest day of your life. Why is that, you ask? I'll tell you why! Because the massive HTC One Max is now available on Big Red. See, dreams really do come true.
But let's say you're not the huge-phone-fingerprint-scanner-HTC-Verizon-loving type. Let's say you have no idea what the One Max is. No problem, let's just clear that up right now.
The One Max is HTC's try at a big ol' phone, coming in with a 5.9-inch screen. Stylistically it looks like a stretched-out HTC One, which includes BOOMSOUND (aka front-facing speakers); however, HTC also cut some corners and took out some of the things that make the One special, like the OIS camera, for example.
The day you've been waiting for is here, "phablet" fans... assuming you're a prospective or current Sprint customer and you haven't already bought a Galaxy Note 3. The Now Network has launched its carrier-branded version of the HTC One Max (or "One max" if you're a brand manager) and it's currently available on the official online store for $149.99.
That's $149.99, if and only if you meet a few qualifications. As Sprint announced earlier this week, the retail, on-contract price for the One Max is $249.99, and you can take an extra $100 off if you switch from another carrier and port in your phone number.
Update: Sprint has confirmed the November 15th date for the HTC One Max, as well as the $249.99 on-contract price.
If you love the HTC One but wish that it could be roughly the size of a toaster, you'll want to pay attention to the newest member of Sprint's smartphone lineup. The HTC One Max (technically "One max," but that's offending my fragile sensibilities) will be coming to the carrier this Friday, November 15th, according to this Best Buy listing. It will cost $249.99 on a two-year contract and a whopping $749.99 unsubsidized, but Best Buy tends to massively overinflate off-contract prices.
As if you needed any convincing, EVleaks has once again demonstrated that he's some kind of wizard at finding and disseminating press shots of upcoming phones. This weekend's leaks include HTC's shiny new One max [sic] in both AT&T and Verizon flavors, posted to EVleaks' Google+ account. We'd heard about a Verizon version from HTC at launch, but the AT&T model is new, if not unexpected.
You'll note a common theme among these plus-sized phones: carrier logos swapped out for HTC's customary logo between the back and home buttons on the One family. It's not altogether surprising that Verizon decided to brand the One max with a scarlet V, but the AT&T logo is a bit of a disappointment.
It's been leaked more than a few times, but early this morning HTC finally took the rather large wraps off the One max. The new phone is essentially a supersized version of the HTC One stretched out to a massive 5.9 inches. HTC hasn't been sitting on its hands for the last few months: the One max (little "m") also includes an oh-so-trendy fingerprint scanner beneath the camera.
From a hardware perspective, the One max and the older One have quite a lot in common indeed. The same 1.7Ghz Snapdragon 600 processor (not the faster 800 that some were surely hoping for), same 2GB of RAM, same 4 "ultrapixel" camera, now minus optical stabilization.
Five HTC designers including VP of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D Director Wu Chien Hung, and Senior Manager of the design team Justin Huang (who sketched the HTC One's iconic design) have been interrogated and arrested under suspicion of expense fraud and stealing trade secrets following a complaint from HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang.
Chien, Wu, and Huang had planned on setting up a new design company focused on the Chinese market, intending to resign after receiving mid-year bonuses yesterday. Chien and Wu, according to Engadget, are in custody, while the others were released on bail.
Chairwoman Wang's original complaint related to Chien having been caught downloading sensitive information related to the yet-unannounced Sense 6.0 interface and sharing it through email, though Chien, Wu, and Huang had evidently been involved in falsely claiming commission fees of over $334,000 USD by invoicing HTC for the One's aluminum design through an external firm, while the work was actually done in house.