Feb 22 AT 10:47 AM Taylor Wimberly 26 Comments

HTC leads all brands in pre Mobile World Congress buzz


Mobile World Congress is just days away in Barcelona, and Android fans are already going crazy thinking about which devices might get unveiled. There are always surprises, but thanks to leaks and rumors, we have a pretty good idea of what will be announced. And when we surveyed the field early this month, HTC appeared to have the strongest lineup.

I predicted that the HTC One X (aka Edge aka Endeavor) would be named the device of the show. Recent reports show that the greater web agrees. Social media number cruncher Anltyk has been tracking the MWC buzz on Twitter and found that HTC was the most talked about brand last week, overtaking the larger Samsung.

In the last week we learned about HTC’s new naming structure, which includes the One X, One S, One V and One XL. We don’t know what the letters stand for yet, but we have speculated that X is xtreme performance, S is slim, V is value, and XL is the xtra-large display for a tablet.

We also discovered the full HTC One X specs, got another glimpse at Sense UI 4.0, and heard rumors of a streaming Beats music service and possible PlayStation certification.

HTC recently experienced some slowdown last quarter, but they announced a new group within the company called HTC Studio that reports directly to CEO Peter Chou. This team will be tasked with developing “key products” that will help HTC regain their edge.

Overall, it looks like HTC is back on the right path to growth. I think the idea of fewer models will help HTC regain their focus and make sure that each product gets their best effort. HTC still has a strong following among the hardcore nerds (see our Android Bowl results), and I think many customers that left for Samsung would return if HTC produces a compelling device.

HTC’s press event takes place this Sunday, and we will be on hand to see if they can deliver. Do you think HTC will live up to the hype we all created?

Via: GigaOm

Source: Anly.tk

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • Galen20K

    it’ll be nice to be able to get excited over htc devices again, it’s been a while. – )

    • Jeff Pan

      So true! Go HTC!

    • Jorge Vieira

      Quietly brilliant! I still love my nexus one!

      • ericl5112

        I still would love to pick up a Nexus One, never even seen one in person. Unfortunately, the latest version of sense is anything but “quietly brilliant”. It’s loud and in your face. An HTC phone with stock android would be great, but with the way their software has been going, it’s not for me at least. I may get one after it’s got CM on it.

        • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

          The one feature I like about the latest Sense is that they have 5 buttons like any other launcher. I always thought that the curved shape with only 3 usable buttons was under par with even the stock Gingerbread launcher. I don’t think we will ever see a stock Android phone from any of the big manufacturers (HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony or even Motorola). I’ve used CM7 on my old HD2, it’s good, but my HD2 didn’t have native Android. I fear CM would have issues with the basic functionality of the phone, I want 3D recording and photos on my Evo 3D.

    • WlfHart

      Can’t wait to replace my HD2 with some Android love.

      • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

        Do it, it will be difficult, I miss the old days when I had my HD2, but it is worth it. Android on my HD2 has taught me so much so now I can use Android to its full potential.

  • Nathan D.

    Can’t wait for MWC this year =)

  • josegb2011

    The only thing that HTC phones lack is graphics power…I never been a fan of snapdragon and their gpu.but HTC phones are too good to pass up…

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Guess you will like the One X then. It has the quad-core Tegra 3 with GeForce GPU.

      • josegb2011

        Oh yeah that’s right I forgot the specs on this bad boy..

    • gpu

      I have never really been fan of HTC, but it wasn’t because of their weak GPU…

      anyways, does GPU matter that much? Galaxy Nexus has only SGX 540 with higher clock speed and i think it does get the job done. I think better CPU is what you want to get.

      Someone please enlighten me if I’m getting the wrong idea tho =)

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        No the actual GPU doesn’t matter that much. It really comes down to what the developers do with it and which devices they take advantage of. NVIDIA has Tegra Zone which highlights games optimized for their platform and now Qualcomm has GameCommand to showcase games optimized for Snapdragon.

        • gpu

          Thank you for useful information :)

          So…. does that mean it is highly unlikely for us to have a “Game Center” like iOS does?

          although Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus use SGX, other manufactures go with Adreno and Nvidia etc….

          and speaking of Adreno, the newest qualcomm krait with 28nm is capable of going toe to toe with SGX543 MP2 with only Adreno 225; that chip has insane CPU performance….mmm I would like to have Krait chip for next Nexus because on top of that Qualcomm chips always had awesome antenna compatibility and have glonass support for superior GPS location signal.

      • jimmyB

        It’s nice to have a powerful GPU, but if oyu’re not into gaming, you’re simply wasting your money. The phones with Qualcomm S4 chips will be a much better option if you simply want to use apps, surf the web and listen to music or watch video.

        • gpu

          i would like to have Krait for next Nexus, but we will see what others will bring as well like samsung and TI

  • salem

    After dealing the with the nexus one’s screen issues, I will most likely not buy another HTC device. I got the nexus s and it’s a much better experience. HTC will have to do a lot to get my money.

    • Leo

      They’ve come a long way since the nexus one.

    • Daemon

      Those issue was not such critical as you said)

      • salem

        it’s a personal opinion, guess what…everyone has one!!

  • arjaan

    No Sony or SonyEricsson?

    • toby

      Nope, not this week. They showed up the previous week but have been lost in the noise now.

  • spazby

    with sammy absent, hopefully HTC will make the best of it…

  • Mike

    Do you know if this will be coming to the States??? If so, AT&T or Verizon.

  • ericl5112

    I wonder what it would be like if Samsung hadn’t said anything about the S3 not being unveiled.

    Also, could it be because HTC has been leaking like a sieve, so there is more to google for? Who knows. Still, the new hardware looks good.

  • xX_________Xx

    Am i the only person on this planet that would prefer a device between 4 and 3.7 inches. IMO, a 4.7′ device is just too big.