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  • Google Pixel 2 launches this week: what to expect?

    Last year saw the Pixel making its debut, instantly standing out thanks to world-class mobile cameras, powerful internals and a stock Android experience. Now, we're two days away from the Pixel 2 being revealed... There have been loads of rumours regarding the new smartphones, but what are some of the more prominent details we're supposed to expect? Horsepower Early reports initially claimed that Qualcomm would supply a Snapdragon 836 processor for the new phones. But XDA later revealed that the Snapdragon 836 didn't actually exist. So we're expecting the Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM (although 6GB wouldn't be out of the question,...

  • Is Google very close to buying HTC’s smartphone division?

    Last month saw reports that HTC was exploring a variety of options, ranging from a full company sale to its mobile unit being spun off. Now, it would appear that Google is closing in on a deal to acquire the mobile division or a major part thereof. The two companies are in the final stage of talks that would see the Mountain View company only take a mobile-related unit rather than the whole company or the VR division, a Taiwanese publication reported. The website claims that negotiations should be completed by the end of the year -- at least that's what Google Translate tells...

  • 4 HTC smartphones that defined the company over the years

    A new report by Bloomberg suggests that HTC is investigating the possibility of selling its divisions or the company outright. Now, this might not come to anything, but there's no denying that the mobile world will probably be poorer for HTC potentially leaving the industry. So with that in mind, here are four of the most notable smartphones made by the company in its long history. HTC Canary Back in the early 2000s, Nokia's Symbian and Microsoft's Windows Mobile were the two dominant smartphone platforms. And the HTC Canary was the first Windows Mobile device around. The phone's spec sheet makes for entertaining reading,...

  • HTC exploring sale of divisions, self – report

    Taiwanese mobile company HTC hasn't had the easiest few years, having been toppled from its position as one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers a long time ago. Now, Bloomberg has reported that the company is exploring a range of strategic options, from bringing in an investor and spinning off its Vive VR division to selling the entire company. The report, citing "people familiar with the matter", also claimed that HTC has held talks with companies, such as Alphabet. One of the sources added that a full sale wasn't likely, owing to the diversity of its businesses. Bloomberg's sources said that the company...

  • Uh oh! HTC’s default keyboard is showing ads

    Last year's HTC 10 was a pretty good smartphone by many accounts. It wasn't available in South Africa (the company no longer has a local presence), but if you imported it, you might be in for a ridiculously unpleasant surprise. According to the mildlyinfuriating subreddit, the smartphone's preinstalled keyboard has started showing an advertisement just above the keyboard itself, making for a rather inconvenient addition, to put it mildly. Credit: Azirack The smartphone shipped with the TouchPal keyboard as the default method of text input. So you'll want to switch to another keyboard to avoid these ads. But it...

  • HTC U11 is now official, DxOMark calls it best mobile camera

    The HTC U11 was leaked some hours ago, but now, the Taiwanese brand has officially revealed the smartphone to all. For starters, that pressure-sensitive frame (dubbed Edge Sense) is indeed a thing. This allows you to launch apps, the camera, take photos and more with a squeeze or two of the phone's edges. Additionally, users can set the sensitivity, to prevent accidental squeezes. You've also got that same striking finish as the U Ultra, looking like a fingerprint magnet of note, it must be said. But HTC has introduced IP67 water and dust resistance, rating it for 30 minutes of immersion in...

  • HTC U11: new flagship gets leaked in press video

    The HTC U Ultra is probably the most disappointing smartphone of 2017 so far. Between the small battery capacity for the phone's size and the lack of a headphone jack, the new smartphone was misstep compared to previous years. We know that the company is working on the HTC U11 smartphone though, and now, a member of the press has inadvertently leaked details, it would appear. According to the video uploaded by the user (with a mirror on DailyMotion), the U11 offers a pressure sensitive frame of sorts. Simply squeeze the edges to launch apps, activate the camera and more, the clip...

  • Watch: HTC officially teases phone with squeeze gestures

    We've heard leaks claiming that HTC's next smartphone will feature squeezable edges. Now, HTC has teased just this on its YouTube channel. The teaser video shows a variety of objects being squeezed, along with the company claiming that squeezing is "natural". "Squeeze the Brilliant U," reads another caption, followed by a "save the date" for 16 May 2017 (7am London time, 8am SAST). Of course, previous leaks have pegged the so-called HTC U as having a squeezable frame (dubbed "Edge Sensors"), allowing users to conduct short and long squeezes. These squeezes could be used to toggle functions like WiFi and Bluetooth, or to...

  • HTC Ocean: has next HTC flagship leaked?

    HTC's U Ultra was one of the more disappointing high-end smartphone releases of 2017. But it seems like the upcoming HTC Ocean will be a little less disappointing... According to Android Headlines, the new smartphone will come with "Edge Sensors", allowing users to interact with the edge of the phone's body. These interactions take the form of squeezes, with users able to conduct long squeezes and short squeezes The publication says that a wide variety of functions can be activated with these squeezes, such as toggling WiFi, activating the camera and launching Google Assistant. It's also claimed that users can set...

  • MWC 2017: the smartphones to expect?

    We're just under a month away from this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), being the world's biggest smartphone exhibition. Whether it's the biggest brands around or upstart manufacturers, the expo usually brings a ton of intriguing devices. Last year saw the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi all launch high-end smartphones, but what does this year bring? Here's what you should expect at MWC 2017. Apple If there's one brand guaranteed to be missing at MWC, it's the Cupertino company, with the firm launching devices at dedicated events instead. The company generally launches its iPhones later in the year too, with the...