Samsung, Apple, LG or HTC? US cell phone market roaring back with a surprising success story

There were much more movers and shakers in the US mobile landscape last quarter than the fact that Galaxy S8 took the top spot as the best selling Android. Research firm Counterpoint probed the different sales channels, and painted a very interesting picture for Q2. First off, the lull in smartphone sales is over, as many people are looking for an upgrade, and last quarter saw 14% growth year-on-year. surprisingly, out of the top 5 brands that sell in the US – Samsung, Apple, LG, ZTE and TCL-Alcatel – it was ZTE that racked up the largest growth percentage. 
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HTC reports another three months of red ink for the second quarter of 2017

For nine consecutive three-month quarters, HTC has announced a loss. It makes you wonder how the company can afford to keep spending for the red-ink cartridges that they are using to print these reports. The just announced net loss for the second quarter of 2017 amounted to $64.23 million USD, a slight 3.9% improvement from the $66.87 million USD loss that HTC reported for the previous quarter. This works out to a loss of 7.8 U.S. cents a share for Q2 versus a loss of 8 U.S. cents a share for this year’s first quarter. Gross margins declined to 13.7% from 16.3% during the same time period.

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Despite receipt of Bluetooth 5 certification, HTC U11 won't run new features until Android O is installed

The HTC U11 has received its Bluetooth 5.0 certification from the Bluetooth SIG. But that doesn’t mean that the phone’s new Bluetooth capabilities are now available. The new features won’t be completely offered to users until the next build of Android, Android O, is actually installed on the handset later this year. The new version of Bluetooth will allow data to be transmitted at speeds twice as fast as presently available, and transmission distance will increase by a factor of four. The amount of information and data sent in each broadcast will increase by as much as eight times the current number.

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HTC U Life 11 to land later this year with 5.2-inch 1080p screen, SD-630 chipset?

Last month, we told you that HTC was prepping a mid-range handset code-named the HTC Ocean Life. This morning, more speculation about the device has leaked, including the alleged  name of the phone. Reportedly dubbed the HTC U11 Life, the mid-range model will be equipped with a 5.2-inch display carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. That compares to the 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 resolution display that rocks the HTC U11. While initial reports called for the Snapdragon 660 SoC to power the model, it now seems likely that the Snapdragon 630 will be found under the hood. This chipset comes with an octa-core …

New HTC U11 update featuring support for Bluetooth 5.0 and 60 fps video recording rolling out now

Good news for customers who purchased the HTC U11, as the Taiwanese handset maker has just announced a new update is now available for download. The update is supposed to bring a few new features that weren’t available in the HTC U11 at launch, such as improved video recording and connectivity features.

If you don’t remember, we reported last month that HTC U11 could get support for Bluetooth 5.0 in a future update. Earlier this week, news about HTC enabling 60 FPS video recording (1080p) for the U11 emerged as well.

Today, HTC Taiwan confirmed that a new firmware is now being pushed …

40+ Awesome high-resolution wallpapers, perfect for your Galaxy S8/S7 edge, Pixel XL, LG G6, HTC U11, XZ Premium and others

It’s that time of the week again, folks! “Which time,” you may ask, and let me tell you – it’s the time of the week when we post our regular pick of awesome, high-def wallpapers! If you’ve been following our various columns on customization, then you should know by now that we like giving our home screens a fresh coat of paint every now and again. And by “every now and again”, we mean almost every week! This means doing a wallpaper rotation at the very least, and/or applying a custom set of icons in the case of Android users to really freshen things up.

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Deal: Get 3 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free with purchase of HTC U11

HTC U11 is probably one of the most underrated flagships launched this year. Moreover, not many deals on the smartphone were available since the U11 made its debut on the market, and they certainly did not look so good as those offers on other flagships like the Galaxy S8/S8+.

Nevertheless, if you’re still waiting for a better deal on the HTC U11 that might or might not come, here is a promotional offer that’s aimed at music lovers.

For a limited time, customers in the United States who purchase the HTC U11 will receive 3 months of Amazon Music Unlimited. …

New HTC U11 software update will enable 60 FPS video recording "over the next couple of months"

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about a major software update that the HTC U11 is bound to receive. Now, HTC is officially confirming that an update is indeed coming soon, although it doesn’t mention all the new features that are rumored to be included in it – like support for Bluetooth 5.0, or sRGB screen mode. Nevertheless, HTC can confirm that the U11 will gain support for 60 FPS (frames per second) video recording.

HTC says that the update enabling 60 FPS video recording “will be rolling out over the next couple of months to devices everywhere.” As you can …

HTC U11 could soon be upgraded to Bluetooth 5.0 via software update

HTC’s flagship should have been one of the first smartphones to feature Bluetooth 5.0. Unfortunately, for some reason, the Taiwanese company was unable to add the new technology into the HTC U11 at launch, as the smartphone still uses Bluetooth 4.2.

However, it looks like HTC has changed its mind and has decided to update the U11 to Bluetooth 5.0 in the not so distant future. According to FCC (Federal Communications Commission) filing, HTC plans to “enable Bluetooth 5.0 by software without any hardware change.”

HTC U11 will be the third smartphone to feature …

Deal: HTC U11 128 GB can be bought for $679 ($50 off)

Available to pre-order in the US since yesterday, the HTC U11 128 GB has one more advantage over the 64 GB version of the phone (besides the doubled internal memory): it’s got 6 GB of RAM instead of 4 GB. Of course, this means that the handset is a bit more expensive than the regular variant, although you can pay less for it if you’re using a certain promo code.

If you go to HTC’s US website, add the U11 128 GB to your shopping cart, and use the promo code AMAZINGU11, the smartphone’s price will go down from $729 to $679 (that’s $50 off).

The same promo …