HTC First Quarter In The Doldrums: Profits Down 70%, Revenue Down 35%

Compared to last year’s statistics, HTC’s first quarter report (PDF) isn’t looking so well, which can probably be attributed to rivals like Apple and Samsung. In Q1 of this year, they only brought in NT$4.4 billion ($149 million), compared to the NT$14.8 billion ($501 million) in profits earned exactly this time, last year. It’s not a great position to be in, however the announcement of the HTC One series in Europe, Asia, and now the AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile networks in the United States may make for a promising comeback for HTC’s coffers. However, to do that, HTC will need to standardize their excellence and not drop the ball, so to speak, when designing and releasing devices at such a frequent rate that it does. Via: TNW

An HTC EVO 4G LTE prototype seen with 3D cameras in making-of video?

Perhaps this was CGI, a prototype, or a sign of things to come, but if you skip to the 25 second mark in the video seen in the source link, you’ll see alongside older HTC EVO devices and the just-announced HTC EVO 4G LTE is one version of said phone with an additional camera on the back. As per the design seen on the older EVO 3D, then that could only mean a 3D version of the EVO 4G LTE. Yes, it may sound all very complicated and not very exciting, but it would be interesting if proven true. If there is anything to see, to begin with.

Via: HTC (YouTube), Verge

LG Nitro HD Receives Small OTA Update, Mostly Bug Fixes And Mobile Hotspot

This is just a quick news bite. The LG Nitro HD (which I reviewed and liked) just received an OTA upgrade that is mostly bug fixes and improvements to the mobile hotspot feature that works on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Check out LG’s changelog below and their forum post at the source link.


  • Google Patch
  • Improved performance on Mobile Hotspot
  • Fixed Wi-Fi Hotspot issue where it would disconnect after short periods of time.
  • Various Email Account Sync Improvements
  • Resolved lockup during music playback.
  • Resolved issue where new contact info is lost if home key is pressed before saving.
  • Fixed issue where Calendar shows previous month with grayed out date highlighted.
  • Preload application updates (see Application Version Summary for version info)
  • Fixed application issue with playback of .amr audio files.
  • Improved UI flow when adding image to contact
  • Zoom feature improved when taking pictures
  • Fixed issue where video capture ends abruptly when trying to send a video MMS using Capture video option.
  • Various bug fixes

Via: LG Forum, Instagram

Say Hello To The HTC EVO 4G LTE On Sprint

This is the latest HTC Android 4.0 device, with traits seen in the One series. First off, there’s 4G LTE provided by Sprint, a 4.7-inch HD display, HD voice call capabilities (the first Sprint device with this feature), a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a very large 2000mAh embedded battery and dual-cameras (8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing) with instant capture capability, as well as the kickstand employed in the previous top-range EVO devices.

Software-wise, HTC has employed the Sense 4.0 UI on top of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and Beats Audio sound optimization. The HTC EVO 4G LTE will launch at $199.99 in Q2 with pre-orders beginning on Monday, May 7th, all for the impressive speeds and aluminum spaceframe with an anodized black finish. Very nice, HTC.

Press release after the break.

Google Debuts Project Glass: Wearable Computing For The Eyes

All of the recent speculation about “Google Glasses” is now official, to some degree: Project Glass, seen in its prototype form above, allows the wearer to stream information to the lenses and allow the sending and receiving of messages through voice command, as well as a built-in camera to record video and take pictures. Although not currently available to the public, Google employees are allowed to take it off campus or the office and wear it in public. Check out Google’s video explanation about Project Glass, after the line break.

Via: Google +, Bits

Minecraft creator announces new game, entitled “ox10c”

A new game has been announced by Minecraft’s creator (who no longer is active on the game), Markus  ‘Notch’ Persson, dubbed “ox10c”.

In ox10c, Notch plans to create a storyline, where the year a player wakes up in is 281 474 976 712 644 AD, with the universe close to extinction. Gameplay will reportedly involve forms of engineering, exploration of ships and planets, space battles with AI and real players, as well as mining, trading, and looting.

And of course, this sounds fantastic. Still, it is in the early development stages, and nothing is final, but this is something to keep an eye on in the coming months, surely.

Via: o10xc (official site)

Instagram for Android hits 1 million downloads in 24 hours

This is what happens when a popular iOS app makes the move to Android with just as much effort put into the iOS app. In other words, more of this needs to happen. Instagram for Android has hit 1 million downloads (and counting) since its launch yesterday. There were 2,000 sign-ups per minute, plus the strain given by iOS users practically crashed the company’s servers. And in today’s age of servers, that’s actually a good thing, if success is looked into.

Via: TheNextWeb