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HTC Officially Unveils The Desire EYE And Its Selfielicious 13MP Front-Facing Camera

Today at its big Double Exposure New York event, HTC officially unveiled the leaked Desire EYE. What sets this phone apart from others isn't impressive specs or phenomenal build quality. Oh no, it's the giant 13MP front-facing camera. With a matching camera on the back, this phone wants your selfies to look just as impressive as the photos you take of other people. There's even dual LED flash on both sides as well.

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As fun as this concept and selfies in general are to mock, let's acknowledge for a moment that it's not unreasonable to expect front-facing shots to look as crisp as images captured with the rear shooter.

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Sprint Announces Samsung Galaxy Mega And HTC EVO 4G LTE OTA Software Updates

We often see carriers trickle out updates to one device on any given day, but today Sprint is pushing out a new firmware upgrade to two. These lucky handsets are the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Their change logs don't mirror each other, but one item is the same. It's not a particularly exciting one, but it's something.

The Galaxy Mega is one huge phone, and since it has already received KitKat, this update isn't huge enough to match. Users get international Wi-Fi calling, an HD Voice icon, and some security patches. The version number is L600VPUBNI3.

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Verizon Wireless Adding The HTC Desire 612 To Its Lineup October 9th

The HTC Desire 610 marked a revival for the "Desire" brand in the US when it came to AT&T in late July. Now a variant, the Desire 612, is finding its way to Verizon Wireless, as the carrier will start selling the handset in just two days. Think of it as largely the same as the version on AT&T, just with more branding and extra red.

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The HTC Desire 612 is meant to be an affordable mid-range device. It has a 4.7-inch screen with a 960 by 540 display. It's not going to be particularly impressive, but for the price point, it's serviceable.

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Several Leaks Of The 'HTC Desire Eye' Show A Big 13MP Front-Facing Camera Complete With LED Flash

HTC is set to unveil some new hardware at a New York City event on Wednesday. The company itself has already given us some clues to a GoPro-style sports camera (including a couple of unintended product images), and a few less reliable sources claim there will be a phone with a 13-megapixel Duo camera. This weekend the Twitter leak account @Upleaks showed some images of an alleged "HTC Desire Eye," a phone that embraces the selfie craze (ugh) in a big way.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether.
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HTC's Nexus 9 Appears To Have Passed Through The FCC

Nexus season is in full swing, and as rumors and leaks continue to pile up around Motorola's Nexus 6 (Shamu), we've been wondering when more news might emerge about Volantis (or Flounder, or T1, take your pick) - HTC's 9" Nexus tablet that we first learned of back in spring.

As Blog of Mobile reports, it looks like the Nexus 9 has passed through the FCC for certification, with the relevant documents becoming available just yesterday. The relevant model number for the tablet that passed through the FCC is 0P82100, widely reported to belong to HTC's 9" Nexus.

Indeed, the confidential letter attached to the FCC documents in question is from HTC Corporation (dated June 23, 2014), and the product is classified as a tablet.

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[Update: Now $215, $35 Cheaper] Deal Alert: Unlocked, Refurbished 32GB AT&T HTC One M7 For $250 At eBay

Update 10/4/14: The price has now dropped another $35 to a very low $214.99. The phones are still available in black and silver, while blue is sold out.

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If you need a great phone and aren't interested in a contract, but you're willing to compromise on what's technically the cutting edge, you're in a good position to save a bit of money. For example, take this perfectly good 32GB HTC One M7 (that's the one before the one they're selling now). If you're OK with a refurbished phone, you can pick up a white or black one from eBay for $249.99, well below the retail price.

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Official Team Win Recovery Project Build Now Available For The Verizon HTC One M7

Verizon tends to actively discourage users from rooting and otherwise modifying their phones - that is to say, the users' phones, not Verizon's. Despite a draconian bootloader policy, the HTC One M7 (2013) has had at least some form of S-Off available since October of last year, and Justin Case's Sunshine tool has taken care of the more recent software builds. It's a little late to the party, but the official build of the Team Win Recovery Project is now available for the HTC One on Big Red.

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TWRP doesn't have screenshots specifically for the Verizon One M7, these are generic shots.

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Multiple Sources Claim HTC's 'M8_EYE' Is The M8 With A 13MP Duo Camera, Coming Next Month [Update]

HTC has been experimenting with different camera gimmicks lately. First there was the Ultrapixel camera in the M7, then the M8 added a second camera for simulated depth of field (that's the Duo Camera, of course). Now rumors are pointing to a new HTC device that ditches the Ultrapixel camera altogether. The M8_EYE will reportedly have a 13MP Duo Camera when it is announced next month.

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HTC Launches A Private Preview Program For Software Updates, Currently Restricted To Members Of The HTC Elevate Community

Getting OTA updates out the door is no easy task, especially with carriers standing between the OEM and users. That's why Motorola has long used soak tests with small groups of users to hammer out bugs before the final certification. HTC has just posted details of its own "HTC Preview" program that does essentially the same thing.

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Verizon Announces DROID DNA Software Update That 'Resolves' Device Root Vulnerability And Does Some Other Stuff

Verizon has announced an over-the-air software update for the DROID DNA that's going to make a few users upset. There's no reason to wonder if this latest firmware version will make it more difficult to achieve root access, for the carrier has put this little tidbit of information towards the top of the change log. The second, and perhaps most interesting, item on the list reads: Device root vulnerability issue has been resolved. That's pretty much all rooted users of the DROID DNA need to know about the 4.09.605.5 update.

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At least this time they told you.

If you have no interest in rooting your device, then there's no particular reason to avoid this update.

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