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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HTC VP Mo Versi took to Twitter this morning to inform owners of the company's plans for the One M9's Marshmallow update, as well as the all-new A9's incoming bump to Android 6.0.1 (it ships with 6.0). Specifically, both devices can expect their respective software upgrades some time this month if all goes according to plan.
The unlocked One M8 is already getting Marshmallow, so while it is a bit odd that the newer M9 will be getting it later, at least it won't be that much later. Read More
The nice thing about schedules is sticking to them. HTC promised Marshmallow would come to some of its devices starting by the end of 2015, and so far the company is keeping its word. Android 6.0 came to the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition early last month, and now HTC Product Manager Mo Versi says the regular unlocked M8 will get the goods within the next 24 hours. Read More
HTC started releasing its Marshmallow kernel source files for its latest smartphone, the One A9, a few weeks ago. Back then, the list included a few European and Arabic variants of the device, but no American model. Now the US AT&T One A9's kernel source has also been uploaded to the HTC Developer Center. Unlike the other models, the file weighs at a relatively smaller 179MB.
Joining it are the Marhsmallow kernel source files for the One M8 Google Play Edition, which got its update to Android 6.0 almost a month ago. That file is 196MB.
Custom ROM developers and modders who want to tinker with these devices can now do so more easily. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
The TENAA is China's state telecommunications certification authority (Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center is the English translation), roughly analogous to the FCC in the US or Anatel in Brazil. And like those organizations, the TENAA posts certifications and test results on its website, periodically allowing nosy jerks like yours truly an unauthorized preview of upcoming gadgets. Today's special is the HTC One X9, a new phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer, which has some very clear photos and a short list of specs on the organization's consumer website portal. Read More
The CyanogenMod team continues to expand its selection of builds for its aftermarket ROM, and today no less than four new devices are being added. Those would be HTC's 2015 flagship One M9, Lenovo's budget-oriented ZUK Z1, NVIDIA's SHIELD Portable (the original one with the attached controller), and the SHIELD Tablet.
As usual, CyanogenMod arranges builds by codename: the M9 is "himaul," the Z1 is "ham," the SHIELD Portable is "roth," and the SHIELD Tablet is... "shieldtablet." Huh. All four devices are currently on nightly builds of CyanogenMod 12.1 (Android 5.1), and may or may not be added to the more stable releases as they come. Read More
The HTC One A9 is making its way to various parts of the globe, so now the company is pushing out open source kernel files. Over at the HTC developer center, you can find downloads for models released in Austria, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and Arabic-speaking nations.
The size comes in at 205MB regardless of which model you select. No US models are up. There's no code for Google Play Edition devices either, even though the HTC One M8 has already received its Marshmallow update.
As this code continues to roll out, it will help ROM makers and developers looking to replace HTC's relatively stock build of Android with something more customizable. Read More
HTC's latest Hot Deal is indeed a hot one if you've got a hankering for some cheap phones. HTC is offering a tiered percentage discount across its entire online store right now that starts at 15% and goes up to 30%. As usual, the deal is only valid today and "while supplies last." And of course, this is US-only. Read More