Архив метки: Peter Chou

HTC’s Answer To iCloud: A New Deal With Dropbox


Slotted in the middle of HTC’s Android phone announcements tonight in Barcelona, the CEO of HTC, Peter Chou, revealed a new development that is the handset maker’s answer to Apple’s iCloud: a deal with Dropbox, currently the name to watch in cloud storage.

HTC says that those who buy an HTC One, the company’s new flagship device, will get 25 gigabytes of storage free for two years –  a big deal, considering that currently it costs $9.99 per month for 50 gigabytes of storage (two gigabytes is the only free service offered).

The storage, Chou said, would be enough to store 10,000 high quality photos, and much more besides: the news was unveiled at the same time that HTC announced a series of content and service enhancements for its new line of Android devices, including improved cameras; a new music service that included an extension of its Beats audio service from last year; enhanced video services; and enhanced integration to use the device in-car.

This is all part of HTC’s big fightback strategy, after last year seeing a decline in its momentum in smartphone sales against Samsung and Apple.

It long ago realized that in order to compete against Apple it needs to have compelling devices but also compelling services — and that is what it is trying to aim for with Dropbox and the rest of the content announcements it made today.

We’re interviewing HTC execs later and getting a hands on with the devices and will update more as we learn it.

HTC’s Answer To iCloud: A New Deal With Dropbox

HTC Finally Offers Bootloader Unlock, U.S. Users Must Wait


HTC has spent the past few weeks hinting and teasing us with the availability of their bootloader unlock tool, but at long last the wait is over. If you own an international HTC Sensation, then congratulations: you’re free to mosey over to HTC Dev to get your fix.

Android developers and enthusiasts alike shouldn’t have much trouble, especially considering the excellent quality of HTC’s walkthrough, but a little extra caution couldn’t hurt. Newbies to the Android development scene, on the other hand, should really take things slowly: the process involves working with the Android SDK, which takes a little bit of getting used to for the uninitiated. Even though HTC does a fine job of walking you through the process involved, it’s still the sort of thing that’s easily botched if you’re not careful.

HTC still offers no word on when the tool will be made available for devices of a more domestic persuasion, but rest assured Peter Chou and company are on the case. For those of you with T-Mobile Sensations and Sprint EVO 3Ds, your day will come, but the more impatient among you always have other options.

HTC Finally Offers Bootloader Unlock, U.S. Users Must Wait