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HTC U12+ update with smoother video auto zoom and more rolling out in Taiwan, coming soon to US and Europe

HTC isn't doing particularly well these days, and the few people out there who purchased a U12+ likely weren't too pleased with the last bit of news about their devices announced: 'CryptoKitties.' Luckily, HTC is releasing an update for the U12+, starting with the Taiwanese dual-SIM model and coming soon to US and European versions.

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HTC hopes collectible 'CryptoKitties' will ease your U12+ buyer's remorse

It's no secret that HTC isn't doing too well these days. Between lackluster overall sales and the U12+'s lukewarm reception, the former OEM heavyweight is in a tight spot. Earlier this spring the company revealed a set of nebulous plans for a blockchain-powered phone that sounded more like an act of marketing desperation than a consumer product (complete with a "Decentralized Chief Officer" and promises to "Take back the internet"). Following all this, today HTC has announced exclusive support for CryptoKitties, a Beanie Babies-esque set of Ethereum ERC-721 token-powered collectibles. 

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HTC's sales plummeted 68% last month, despite U12+ launch

HTC hasn't launched a hit smartphone in some time. Last month it released the HTC U12+, which received mostly negative reviews. The company announced a few days ago it was cutting 1,500 jobs in Taiwan to "optimize the manufacturing organizations," and now there's even more bad news.

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HTC will fire 1,500 workers in Taiwan—almost a quarter of its workforce

HTC was the first manufacturer to produce Android devices, and it continued as a top-tier OEM even after the platform caught on. But that was then, and this is now. HTC has struggled to compete with the likes of Samsung and Huawei, shedding workers year after year. Now, HTC will cut 1,500 jobs in Taiwan, which represents almost a quarter of its remaining workforce.

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The HTC U12+ is now available from HTC and Amazon for $800

After a brief period of pre-orders, the HTC U12+ is now shipping immediately from HTC and Amazon. This device seemingly ticks all the boxes with a Snapdragon 845, 18:9 display, and a big 3,500mAh battery. Sadly, even though you can buy the phone today we would probably recommend you don't.

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HTC U12+ review: No buttons, no sale

The U12+ is the latest high-end smartphone from HTC, and while the ‘+’ moniker may have you wondering where the “regular” version is - this is it: HTC is, for the time being, only launching a large premium phone in 2018. It packs the latest Snapdragon 845 processor from Qualcomm, a large 6.0” Quad HD LCD display, and four cameras. It also costs a whopping $800, and you can only buy it direct from HTC or Amazon in the US.

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TWRP now supports OnePlus 6, Huawei P20 Pro, and more

TWRP is by far and away the most popular custom recovery out there. It has hundreds, if not thousands, of supported devices by now. Since we last posted about this back in late April, seven additional devices have joined the ranks, including the OnePlus 6, the Huawei P20 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi Max 2.

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HTC's customer support seems to be in seriously bad shape

Recently, we were contacted by a reader about a months-long ordeal with HTC attempting to get a U11’s defective USB port repaired, only to have it sent back to him four months later - badly reassembled with glue leaked all over the frame. That person sent the phone back in and, at the time we received the email, had been waiting three months for the second claim to go through.

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HTC's U12+ shows a smartphone company in free fall

It’s no secret that HTC, as a smartphone company, is hard up. And while the relative success of its Vive VR unit has warded off active ‘death watch’ speculation to date, there’s little doubt that HTC’s days as a smartphone maker are winding down. The company’s release schedule has become haphazard: it announced a “U Ultra” smartphone in early 2017 seemingly out of nowhere - that ended up being a complete flop. Six months later it revealed the U11 to largely positive reviews, but little in the way of consumer response. The “light” version of that phone, the U11 Life, wasn’t even worth a second glance, and now it seems HTC won’t even release a proper mainstream premium phone in 2018 at all.

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HTC won't include a Type-C headphone adapter with the U12+

HTC is going out on a limb with the U12+, which starts at $800 and won't be sold through carriers. You would expect to get all the bells and whistles when you spend that much on a phone, but HTC is cheaping out on the accessories. This phone lacks a headphone jack as so many others do lately. However, the U12+ won't come with an adapter for your 3.5mm headphones, either.

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