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HTC One M8 launch in NYC

HTC will launch its newest flagship phone during an event in Manhattan.

  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:19:12 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:19:20 PM
    Becker: You saw a few of the real great people I get to work with each day. A few are in the audience today.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:19:41 PM
    Becker: At HTC, not just about industrial design but great experience. Sixth version of Sense UI, or how we like to call it "Sixth Sense"
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 3:19:41 PM
    Can anyone top HTC in terms of pure smartphone industrial design? Nokia? Anyone?
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:20:05 PM
    Becker: Let me tell you a little about the visual makeover. Redesigned Sense from top to bottom. Intuitive, fresh and bold. More open space, making it more modern and easier to read.
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:20:23 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:20:26 PM
    Becker: The color you see, it goes beyond pure styling. Color also marks simple activities so can see where you are.
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 3:20:39 PM
    Here we go! Another revamp of the HTC Sense UI is happening...called Sense 6.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:20:50 PM
    Becker: Visual design of Sixth Sense is different than anything on the market. will resonate with ppl who wnat a really unique experience
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:20:58 PM
    Becker: Last year introduced Blink Feed.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:21:24 PM
    Becker: With new version of Blinkfeed, make it even easier to find the content you're interested in. Articles easier to browse and read. Can create custom feeds on any topic.
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:21:24 PM
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 3:21:52 PM
    Hmmm, it looks like you can now tweak Blinkfeed with custom news feeds, Samsung's My Magazine doesn't do that.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:22:21 PM
    Becker: We see a lot of potential to make Blinkfeed even more intuitive. Opening it up to developers so they can integrate content in ways that's interesting to you. One of our first partners is FourSquare. Will publish restaurant recommendations right in feed. Fitbit also - can use as fitness activity tracker.
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:22:31 PM
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:22:50 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:22:55 PM
    Becker: These are just two initial partners. (Seems like everyone is trying to make SDKs for developers. Samsung has been too)
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:23:29 PM
    Becker: On the HTC One M8, visual layout makes it easier to see what's on. Now included real time social feeds and sports stats. When watching show, can swipe to right to get to official twitter pages.
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 3:23:45 PM
    Hey, now Fitbit will work with some onboard activity tracking inside the One M8. Sounds good, and competitive with the GS5 and iPhone 5S.
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:24:07 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:24:11 PM
    Becker: Moving on to talk about audio. Signature Boom sound set the standard for audio
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:24:15 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:24:35 PM
    Becker: Finely tuned, multiband amplifier. Also redesigned speaker chambers. Results in audio 25% louder and has more depth. Clearer sound with everything you're listening to.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:25:18 PM
    Becker: Anything you're doing on your phone, can instantly be played through wireless speaker, TV, or stereo system. A few partners are Pioneer, Libratone, Yamaha, Parrott, i-Box, Microchip, D-Link etc
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:25:34 PM
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 3:25:48 PM
    The BoomSound speakers on the old One were pretty dang loud...if the M8 is even louder...well that's something.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:26:04 PM
    Becker: These are a lot of great features but they don't do a lot for you if your battery's dead. Optimized battery performance. Goal is simple - make sure battery life is phenomenal. Larger batter and reduced power consumption. Battery life is 40% more than before. (That gets cheers from HTC folks)
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:26:12 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:26:55 PM
    Becker: Think you'll be surprised how long battery lasts. Shortly after launch - extreme power saving phone. Will have access to phones, messages. Can last up to 2 weeks in standby. Can manually access mode or automatically turn on when reach low power levels
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:26:55 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:27:03 PM
    (sounds like a response to Samsung's power-saving features)
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:27:22 PM
    Becker: Some people check their phones over 150 times every single day.
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:27:26 PM
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 3:27:36 PM
    This Extreme power mode is going head to head with the Galaxy S5's similar feature.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:27:49 PM
    Becker: HTC One eliminates steps and lets you bypass power and unlock. Constantly monitoring speed, power, proximity. M8 able to anticipate what you want to do.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:28:08 PM
    Becker: Depending on your gesture, will take you to Blinkfeed, widget, most recent app
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:28:28 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:28:29 PM
    Becker: If want to check time, can double tap on screen. Double tap again to turn it off.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:28:56 PM
    Becker: Hold up to ear and answers phone automatically. All thing can do with one hand. Goal is to make tasks use every day simple to do.
  • Brian Bennett 3/25/2014 3:29:05 PM
    Ah, HTC is taking pages out of LG's and Motorola's playbook for gesture controls. Interesting.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:29:06 PM
    Becker: New accessory - the Dot View Case
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:29:31 PM
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:29:35 PM
    Becker: Dot matrix view of phone right on cover. Can double tap on case. Will show who's calling etc.
  • Shara Tibken 3/25/2014 3:30:06 PM
    Becker: When it comes to mobile photography, pioneered whole new approach to how capture and share best moments.
  • Josh Miller 3/25/2014 3:30:09 PM
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