To me it's like a copycat MIUI ROM on mediocre hardware. It's interesting.
The mere 3mm increase in length is possible because the HTC One has an absurd bezel. The amount of space between the screen and the device’s edge is much bigger than most 2012 flagship devises let alone a 2013 device. So by trimming that and making the device a little bigger I can see how the dimensions work out… The screen is almost edge to edge.
But lets talk about the elephant in the room....AKA the big black bar on the phone. With no dedicated menu button you're still going to have ot deal with that dumb black bar with 3 dots for an on screen menu button.
Due to regulations it is impossible to have a true Nexus device use the CDMA protocol. That's just never going to happen.
I want to see what Google can come up with on their own. The Nexus Q and Chromebook Pixel are amazing devices.
I hear that if the HTC One didn't have Sense (which includes all the Beats stuff) then the front speakers sound like crap. So a stock vanilla Android One wouldn't have the Boomsound. Would not be able to interface properly with the Ultra Pixel camera....
Basically if they ship the phone stock but also include tons of drivers for all of their proprietary stuff, we're good. If not, it's going to suck.
Samsung is worried about Apple. Not HTC. They shouldn't even be considered a competitor. Look at the commercials. They're competing against iPhones and iPads
" Anyone with an appreciation for competition and options in Android today is undoubtedly rooting for HTC to pull through this — regardless of whether or not you buy their products."
I understand this statement and -as a former EVO owner- I agree with it. But the problem is that since they've burned bridges by making false claims people are skeptical to give them a chance. They said they were going to mae less models and have more focus so they released the One S and X..... and XL, V, SV, VX, X+, EVO 4G LTE, Butterfly/DNA. They're also notorius for not updated the firmware.
It's hard to be loyal to a company that shows no loyalty.
I went from the HTC EVO to the GSIII. The reason I left HTC alone had nothing to do with marketing and everything to do with HTC releasing slow phones because Sense was bogging them down. I had ICS on my EVO so I don't want to hear anything about the hardware not being able to handle the newer OS updates.... But HTC did not provide good support.
Then, they started locking down their phones so that you had a harder time flashing new ROMs. With Samsung showing so much to the Development Community (including hiring CyanogenMod, himself) I gave them a try and couldn't be happier.
Some people will like metal over plastic. I like the lightness and durability of plastic, personally. And that's just it. It's a personal decision. So... with Sprint having terrible service in New York, which is literally one of the biggest cities on earth, (Only London and NYC are considered Alpha++ cities, which have the largest economic impact on world affairs) i recently switched to T-Mobile and now have the Galaxy S4. And I love it.
Is it innovative? In some ways, but not by much. But one of the main reasons for that is because people aren't ready. People don't like change. Remember how many of them laughed at Android a few years ago? Who said that a big plastic phone wouldn't sell? (Galaxy S III) definitely not a bigger, plasticky phone (Note) No one is going to buy a revision Galaxy S III-S ala Apple (GS4)???
I like a phone that works great and gets great support from the OEM and the developers. Sadly, that just isn't HTC anymore...
29 days ago in reply to HTC One + Samsung GS4= Innovation?
I think Google Talk is pre-loaded so since Hangouts is just an update to Google Talk anyone on AT&T should be okay...
I think that's the point... Hangouts is not an IM service. It's a communication service. Just like you send an SMS and don't find out if the person is available or not til they respond, you send a message on Hangout and see what happens. I really like the potential. And last week I made the same observations as this article. Based on the implications from the Google Team things are looking up.
Since AT&T is trying to lock everything down, a T-Mobile device is now basically a US unlocked device? I am not a fan of the international Samsung devices because there is little Exynos support in the Dev community. And most good MVNO's are T-Mobile based anyway since AT&T is restricting their SIMs (the few left) to 1.5GB/month and who really wants an MVNO backed by Sorint...
I plan to get the T-Mobile GS4 flash an AOSP ROM and then go back to TouchWiz when I sell it since whoever buys it will probably want all the crap from the commercials.
They're blocking Video Calls without being connected to WiFi already... As Hangouts is a free service and AT&T loves to nickel and dime you, it is very possible they will try and block this service. Then again they may just try and get more money through their plans for these new features.
Not FUD just possibilities.
Oh yeah... What comment???
I'd check out the HTC One if a) it had the drivers for the BoomSound speakers to still sound great b) it included 64GB of storage like the Developer Edition since there's no SD card support and c) cost $600 or less, preferrably $550.
My reasons for the price drop are because HTC has a lot to prove. They make good hardware just crappy software (as far as my experience has been) but due to their hardware I think they would be ideal for a 100% Google experience.
Without more storage I'll probably go for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Edition "Don't Call Me a Nexus"...
Would Hangouts be considered a new app or just an update???
Not yet. First, Google+ Messenger will be phased out as Hangouts takes over. Then comes SMS integration. (expect AT&T and possibly Verizon to disable this feature). Then expect Google Voice to get MMS and merge with Messaging. Then expect the new GV to merge with Hangouts.
That's what I get from the annoucments made and the logical order of things.
And then spend $1000 on yur service...? You're not saving money getting a Verizon phone. the only money saved is with CyanogenMod...
Absolutely!!! I was thinking the same thing. And I don't want just an aluminum phone (unibody or not).... I want the One. Those front speakers are so cool. They are the only reason I'm even thinking of getting one. Without those speakers why wouldn't I get a GS4 which has a removable battery and microSD support??? To me that is the only advantage. Plus as awesome as the phone is, it's still running Android 4.1.2, which isn't ICS but if it's supposed to be the One, the phone to bring HTC back on top, they need to try harder.
Also, am I the only one who's afraid they're going to go back to making too many devices and dropping support if the sales aren't as good as they hoped.
These phones are sold based on features and marketing. The same sort of people who buy iPhones based on commercials and those wonderful features (that were stolen from Android nad dumbed down to fit the Laws of Fruit) are the same ones who are buying Galaxy devices.
I just asked my friend how her 4G LTE is on AT&T since I'm thinking of switching carriers... Her reply: Ummmm.... what? So I asked how fast is her phone? To download or send messages.... Her reply: It works nice.
I had to take her phone, download Speedtest and run it to see she was getting 25+MBps in an area that is known to have poor signal.
Nexus phones/stock Android are sold to people like us. Folks who read tech sites for fun not just research. People who troubleshoot the devices of their friends and family. The Nexus is technically a developer phone. Most people don't even know what Stock Android is. They just want to do cool stuff they see on TV.