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HTC Vive Pro virtually stripped. OK, we mean actually stripped. (It’s a VR headset, geddit?)

The inexplicably expensive HTC Vive Pro has arrived, and rather than spend a few hours in virtual world of rainbows and unicorns, the team at iFixit have taken the headset into the very real world of their workshop and taken the thing apart. HTC VIVO TEARDOWN Click to enlarge With a resolution bump to 1440 x 1600 per eye …
Richard Speed, 12 Apr 2018
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HTC phone supremo leaves months after Google guts firm for best and brightest

Chialin Chang, president of smartphones at HTC, has resigned. No successor has been announced. Taiwanese press spotted the announcement in the regulatory paperwork, subsequently confirmed officially. After Google acquired some 2,000 HTC engineers, senior HTC staff told The Register the company still had a team of around 2,000 …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Feb 2018

Google takes $1.1bn chomp out of HTC, smacks lips, burps

Google has formally completed its $1.1bn (£780m) takeover of a chunk of HTC, under which some 2,000 staff will transfer to work on the chocolate factory's Pixel phone. In a blog post, Rick Osterloh, senior hardware veep at the megacorp, said "building hardware is... hard," adding: "That's why I'm delighted that we've …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2018

HTC U11 Life: Google tries to tame the midmarket

Review We rarely single out midrange phones for special attention here. Most are me-too models that don’t bring anything new to the marketplace. Exceptions to this rule need a jolly good reason: the Honor 7 dramatically shook up the market in 2015, while the industrial chic BlackBerry Motion was a business-oriented phone (rare) that …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Dec 2017

HTC U11: U-hoo. Look over here! Two new phones! We're Not Actually Dead

Hands On HTC will have two new devices in the stores this month, and insists it has held onto a sizeable phone division, even after the reassignment of 2,000 HTC staff to the Chocolate Factory. "It's more of a partnership" an HTC staffer told us. The partnership does include slapping Google's dud AndroidOne brand on one of its devices …

Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

Analysis In recent years, China's high-tech production miracle and globalisation have made it easy – perhaps too easy – for an outsider or newcomer to dabble in hardware. The ease of producing hardware with your brand on it might have been too seductive, tempting companies into doing the rest of the operation on the cheap. There's more …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2017

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

Analysis Google is placing a "Big Bet" on consumer hardware, the company screams in a new blog post. Presumably this time it really means it. Two thousand staff from HTC's phone division will be heading off to the Chocolate Factory, their winning Golden Tickets in hand. Google didn't capitalise "Big Bet" but then it really didn't have …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Sep 2017
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Google blows $1.1bn to hire HTC's Pixel people, forming one big happy handset team

As rumoured since early September, Google has decided to splash out over a billion dollars and hire the HTC team that designs and builds its Pixel phones. The ad giant's announcement stated "a team of HTC talent" that has "already been working with [Google] closely on the Pixel smartphone line" will join the company. Rick …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017

Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

Google is set to relieve HTC of its mobile phones unit, according to a report in Taiwan's Commercial Times, leaving the company to focus on its Vive VR helmet. Originally a Windows Mobile contract phone manufacturer, HTC currently produces Google's Pixel phones, a relationship which is expected to continue. However, since its …

Mega VR roundup: Lots happening in the virtual and real worlds

Every year for the past ten years has been the one when virtual reality will finally break out. Based on the pace and number of recent announcements, it looks as though that time has finally come – well, will soon come. Probably in 2018, maybe. Earlier this month, HTC matched a $200 price cut in its high-end Vive system to …

Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

Hands-on No wonder Silicon Valley is excited about the Amazon Echo. Let's be honest. These voice-controlled assistants have been the only hit the Valley's had in years: the only successful new consumer electronics category. 3D telly, smartwatches, they all came and went, but always-on assistants are a smash. Well, Amazon’s Alexa has …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2017
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Ew! HTC jams pop-up adverts into people's smartphone keyboards

HTC, which needs all the love it can get these days, has enraged its customers by bunging adverts into the onscreen keyboard on its phones. Outrage over the tacky money-grab exploded online at the weekend after folks spotted banner advertisements appearing in the TouchPal keyboard that came with the HTC 10. These are annoying …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jul 2017

The great phone squeeze wheeze: Getting squidgy with HTC's U11

Review Thank goodness HTC is still with us, for I haven’t enjoyed using an Android more all year than its flagship U11. This was a surprise. But I used one for three weeks as a primary phone, and this is what I found. From the front the U11 boasts a fairly generic, staid design that doesn’t hint at its two gimmicks. If “this year’s …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jul 2017

Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

A software company that makes tracking tools for military and 911 crews says some of the biggest mobile phone makers on the planet are stealing its technology for their own security tools. AGIS Software Development LLC this week filed suit in the East Texas District Court against Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE and HTC for violating …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2017

HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa

Hands On It made everyone's favourite Android just three years ago, the "Alfa Romeo of phones", but today finds HTC like Sony, hanging on in the market despite shareholder pressure to bail out. The wraps came off HTC's flagship for 2017, the U11, this morning. Don't expect too much change from previous years, which provided a solid …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2017

HTC seeks salvation with squeezy design

Former critics' darling HTC will unveil its 2017 flagship on 16 May, hoping that a squeezy case will win back buyers. HTC's M8 won many "Phone of the Year" prizes in 2014, being dubbed the "Alfa Romeo" of the phone world. But its lacklustre 2015 successor added little new, and contributed to a dramatic fall in sales. – HTC had …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2017

HTC and OnePlus spruce up flagships for Santa's sack

Phone makers used to "refresh" their annual flagships by flinging out one in a new colour. But in today's hyper-competitive market, where flagships are forgotten almost as soon as they appear, apparently that isn't enough. HTC and OnePlus have each given their ranges mid-year revamps with new specs, cases, and fancy new names. …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Nov 2016

Race for wireless VR headset heats up

The race is heating up for a wireless virtual reality headset with HTC announcing a $220 add-on to its Vive system that will allow you to unplug from your PC. The "Tether-less VR upgrade kit" attaches to the existing Vive headset and comprises a wireless transmitter and receiver that sits on top of the head strap and a battery …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Nov 2016

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