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HTC One production capacity to double in May

Component supply issues behind it, HTC ramps up production of flagship device

HTC One production

Despite suffering some early setbacks due to camera component shortages, HTC is looking to ramp up production of its flagship HTC One handset. HTC North Asia president Jack Tong told Taiwan Focus that production will double in May and rise further in June to meet “strong demand.” Speaking at a news conference, Tong added “We are optimistic about our high-end sales during April and June.”

Tong also highlighted the HTC Butterfly (the global version of the Droid DNA sold in Asia) as a strong performer, noting that sales had increased by as much as 50 percent since a price cut made it free on-contract in Japan. The Butterfly, Tong says, should also be getting a software update with Sense 5.0 and new features like BlinkFeed before the end of the month.

A shortage of specialized camera components resulted in shortages of HTC One stock around the phone’s European launch, which had the knock-on effect of pushing back the U.S. release slightly. After apretty dismal few months of financial results, HTC will be hoping that this increased demand for its phones will result in a stronger set of numbers in Q2.

Source: ZDNetFocus Taiwan

HTC One production capacity to double in May

Facebook Home official on the HTC One, unofficial on Galaxy S 4 (but you can use it anyway)

When it first announced Home, Facebook said that it would support the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 as soon as they arrived. But unless you were into sideloading, any attempt to actually run it on either of those two handsets was greeted with a “not supported” message — at least until now.

Facebook Home

Though the app version hasn’t changed and there’s no mention of support for new handsets, the HTC One now appears to be officially supported, and after bypassing a warning (see the image above), you can now download and run it unofficially on the GS4 as well. That requires the main Facebook app to be up-to-date, however, and we noticed that Home (which has a tiny download size) leans on its much bigger brother for most of the heavy lifting — updating Facebook actually changes features in the Home app.

Android Central noted that it also worked in that way for other previously unsupported devices it tried, namely the Sony Xperia ZL and HTC One X. However, we still couldn’t even download the app on the Nexus 4 or LG Optimus G, although it worked just fine via a sideload — producing the same warning and allowing us to “use home anyway.” That jibes with what Facebook told us yesterday – namely, that it would change permissions so that sideloaders would get all the updates and not be saddled forever with version 1.0.

Myriam Joire contributed to this report.

Facebook Home official on the HTC One, unofficial on Galaxy S 4 (but you can use it anyway)

HTC One ‘Ultrapixel’ camera pitted against iPhone 5

iMore compares HTC’s Ultrapixel camera to the iPhone’s 8MP rear shooter

Outside of the Android world, one of the HTC One’s biggest competitors is Apple’s iPhone 5, a device which has earned praise for its 8-megapixel camera and advanced optics. As such, our sister site iMore.com decided to put both cameras through their paces in a side-by-side comparison.

HTC one vs iPhone 5

As you’ll know if you’ve been following the phone’s launch, the HTC One sports a 4-megapixel ‘Ultrapixel’ camera, with larger (2 micron) pixels on the sensor itself and f/2.0 aperture, not to mention optical image stabilization. On the iPhone 5, Apple takes a more traditional approach, with a large-ish 8-megapixel sensor, supported by a fancy sapphire crystal lens and f/2.4 aperture. So the iPhone wins on megapixels alone, but the HTC One would seem better equipped for low-light photography.

Here’s what iMore’s Ally Kazmucha had to say after putting both phones’ cameras to the test in a variety of conditions –

Both cameras produced stellar images, yet excelled in different areas. The iPhone 5 does much better when it comes to handling color depth, tone, and saturation. The HTC One leaves the iPhone in the (noisy, noisy) dust when it comes to capturing low light, relatively stationary images.

Apple has been focusing on the iPhone camera for years now, and it’s really paid off when it comes to everyday photography. Competitors like HTC, however, are really nailing areas like low light. Hopefully Apple follows their lead, and the lead of Nokia, and starts adding features like optical image stabilization (OIS) and f/2.0 apertures or wider.

For the full article, complete with a few dozen comparison shots, check out the full article over on iMore.

Via: androidcentral

HTC One ‘Ultrapixel’ camera pitted against iPhone 5

International roundup: Galaxy S4 launch, HTC One update and Sony Honami rumors

It’s been a bit week for Samsung, with the European launch of its Galaxy S4 handset getting underway in full force. Meanwhile, the HTC One got its first over-the-air update, fixing bugs and tweaking the phone’s “Ultrapixel” camera. And on the subject of cameras, we heard the first news of what might be Sony’s mid-year refresh, with new Cyber-shot imaging tech on-board.

Galaxy S4 launch, HTC One update and Sony Honami rumors

Get caught up on the week’s international Android news after the break.

Samsung Galaxy S4 launch

After a limited launch late last week, the Samsung Galaxy S4 finally saw widespread availability in recent days. All the major UK network operators are now stocking the phone, as are independent retailers like Phones4U and the Carphone Warehouse. Other SIM-free outlets are still waiting on stock, but for the most part the GS4 is well and truly launched. As such, Samsung has begun a huge marketing push for the device, targeting TV, banners, movies and social media in the UK.

But the UK wasn’t the only place the Galaxy S4 was launching this week. India’s also getting the phone, and Samsung saw fit to subject audiences to a cringeworthy ‘Gangnam Style’ remix at the launch event in Mumbai. You’ll find the video over here – don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Here on the site, we’re continuing to dive into the Galaxy S4 with feature guides and videos, so check out some of the ones we’ve published this week –

HTC One gets first over-the-air update

European versions of HTC’s flagship device got their first over-the-air update this week, bringing the device in line with the software on the American models. The new OTA adds tweaks to the location service, HTC Zoe, camera “parameter tuning” and Beats Audio, alongside the standard bug fixes. We’ve already seen improved results in HDR mode in the HTC One, and we’ll be pitting it (and this new firmware) against the Galaxy S4 in a future article.

We also got our first glimpse of what might be HTC’s mid-range offering for 2013, codenamed “M4.” According to an image from @evleaks and PhoneArena, the “M4″ will look almost exactly like its big brother, but with more budget-friendly internals and a 4.3-inch 720p display.

There was more bad financial news for HTC this week, though, as the company confirmed dismal Q1 results that reduced its operating margin to just 0.1 percent. The company expects things to turn around during the second quarter, fuelled by sales of the HTC One.

Sony Honami rumors

Sony traditionally refreshes its high-end Android smartphone in the fall, and it looks like this year’s could be a doozy. The latest reports from VR-Zone point to the Sony “Honami” shipping with a new, larger image sensor, improved optics and software based on its Cyber-shot cameras (including a Sony G lens) and a possible output resolution of 20 megapixels. Other possible specs include a Snapdragon 800 CPU and a new kind of 5-inch, 1080p display with Sony’s “WhiteMagic” tech (an extra white pixel alongside red, green and blue) for improved visibility.

We’re still a long way out from the release of this device, if it’s to come later this year. Look for a possible unveiling at IFA 2013 this September in Berlin, Germany.

Via Androidcentral

International roundup: Galaxy S4 launch, HTC One update and Sony Honami rumors

HTC M4 leaked, suggests flagship style with middleweight specs

Remember the M4? We’ve seen glances of a spec sheet, but now we get to see how it’s going to look. Courtesy of @evleaks, we can now tell it’s looking good.HTC M4 leaked

After the critically-acclaimed One, the company looks to be sharing its style tips around — at a glance the M4 appears almost identical to the HTC flagship, although the camera flash has been relocated to the center of the device and there’s a few less micro-drilled speaker holes. Running over the leaked specs, you can expect a smaller 4.3-inch screen at 720p resolution and possibly a cheaper build to the unibody beauty that leads HTC’s smartphone family.

There’s likely to be a dual-core processor, LTE-capable radio and 16GB of storage too. There’s better news, with the UltraPixel-packing 4-megapixel camera sensor rumored to make its way into the middleweight phone, although initial leaks pointed to a 13-megapixel sensor. The phone is mooted to appear later this quarter, but we’re still waiting on official word (and that all-important price) before we get too excited. But hey, it worked for Samsung. Continue reading

HTC posts factory image for HTC One Developer Edition

A factory restore image is your way back to stock when you need it the most, so be sure to grab it and keep it handy

htc one

HTC has posted the 1.29.1540.3 factory restore images for the unlocked Developer Edition HTC One on the HTCdev site. Available in two flavors — a zip file and a Windows RUU executable — these files will allow anyone to restore their phone back to an out-of-the-box condition as long as there is access to the bootloader. That means no matter how bad you’ve screwed the system firmware up from monkeying around with it, you have an easy path back to stock settings. Then you can do it all over again.

Posting two different versions is pretty nice, too. The Windows only RUU is simple to use for folks running Windows (just plug in the phone and run the program), but not everyone uses Windows. For those folks who use a Mac or Linux computer, the zip file and fastboot makes it easy to go back without building a VM with Windows to do so.  Continue reading