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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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.

However, …

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 …

Results: which shiny beast would you buy, Samsung Galaxy S8+ or HTC U11?

HTC’s newest flagship — the U11 — is a true marvel to behold, with its shiny, shiny finishes, has a great camera, is decked-out in terms of hardware, and courageously misses a headphone jack. To set it apart, HTC made the Edge Sense feature — you can squeeze the phone to perform pre-selected actions. Usable? Eh…

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ continued to follow the direction Sammy set for itself 2 years ago — make a shiny flagship that’s chock-full of cutting-edge hardware and offers something new to the public. This year, that’s the 18.5:9 elongated Infinity Display and… …

HTC U11 128 GB launches in the US this week, U Ultra will cost just $499

Tomorrow, July 25, HTC USA will start taking pre-orders for an upgraded version of its U11 flagship smartphone. We’re talking about an HTC U11 with 128 GB of internal memory (instead of the 64 GB that the current, regular model is offering).

The HTC U11 128 GB will cost $729 unlocked – that’s $80 more than the 64 GB version. We assume that the new model will be available in all the color variants that the 64 GB one comes in, including blue, silver, black, and red. It doesn’t look like the HTC U11 128 GB will feature 6 GB of RAM in the US, so we’re expecting …

Which shiny beast would you buy: Samsung Galaxy S8+ or HTC U11?

HTC’s newest flagship is certainly going off on a different tangent than the HTC 10’s heading. While 2016 HTC said “let’s make a solid, basic, no-nonsense metal phone”, this year’s decision was more in line with “Go shiny and try a different gimmick!”. Not necessarily bad, experimenting keeps this industry from going stale, and we certainly appreciate the super-shiny liquid finishes on the HTC U11 phones. But that squeeze feature? Eeeehhh…

On the other hand, we’ve got the Samsung Galaxy S8+ — another shiny flagship that tried to… expand borders. Sammy’s phones have that super-long display …