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HTC One M9 hands-on: refining a tried and tested design

The HTC One M9 is finally here at MWC 2015 and, depending on your particularly focus on smartphones, you may be tickled pink or disappointed. HTC's 2015 flagship bears a very familiar visage that could easily be mistaken for last year's model at first glance. The hardware inside is evolutionary in some places, disappointing in others. The software that runs on top can also be argued to be rather gimmicky. All these, however, aren't all that bad and are quite necessary for the manufacturer to establish a design that is "unmistakably HTC".

HTC Grip hands-on: making a grab at wearables and fitness

As speculated before, HTC is indeed coming out with a wearable together with its new fitness partner, Under Armor. Here at MWC 2015, we saw on HTC's floor, not at a smartwatch, but at a no-nonsense smart fitness device. The HTC Grip, like the HTC One M9, is a curious beast, simple, somewhat ingenious, and probably too plain, all at the same time. So will the Grip grip active mobile users' hearts? We took a dive to find out just what it is all about.

HTC and Valve get together to bring forth Vive VR headset [UPDATE]

That HTC would be unveiling the HTC One M9 is a no-brainer. Even the HTC Grip fitness band was somewhat expected. But imagine our surprise when the smartphone maker revealed at MWC 2015 that it too will be dipping its toes into the virtual reality market, with a high-profile partner no less. The strangely named HTC Vive will be the company's entry into the budding VR arena. And to boost its credentials, it will be working with Valve with its own soon to be revealed Steam VR platform.

Level Up! The “Coming Soon” Edition

Greetings Gamers! It's been a while since we last had our weekly Android gaming recap and while there have indeed been a ton of new and updated games that have come our way, this time around, we're taking a different route. This time, we'll be taking a closer look at some of the games that have yet to come our way, very soon or not so soon, especially those from the big names in the industry. So get your pens and wishlists ready for this edition of Level Up, the ghost of games yet to come!

Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf RPG gamebook gets a complete edition

If you're tired of the fast-paced, high-octane action games on smartphones but aren't exactly willing to go over to the more laid back yet addictive, sometimes frustrating, casual games, then maybe it's time to give gamebooks a try. Fortunately for you, one of the more popular ones is landing with a bang. Although Joe Dever's Lone Wolf has actually been around for quite a while, even on Android, it is only now that it is coming in one complete package, and with a time-limited discount to boot.

Pay What You Want to Learn Elite Web Development Skills

Over the past 2 decades, we have come to rely on the internet for the majority of our communications, information, shopping, and much more. If the internet is going to be around for the long haul, wouldn’t it make sense to know how it works? If you have a message, then you need to know how to draw an audience via the web to hear it. That’s why Android Community Deals is pleased to offer the Pay What You Want: Learn to Design Bundle.

Samsung announces first 128 GB memory based on UFS 2.0 spec

Mobile CPUs and GPUs have becoming faster and, with the introduction of LPDDR4, so is RAM. That leaves internal storage or flash memory as the bottleneck of a device's performance. Well, not anymore, at least if Samsung's promises are to be believed. The manufacturer has just revealed a memory chip that is claimed to be the industry's first 128 GB capacity flash storage that adheres to the not exactly new Universal Flash Storage 2.0 standard that promises SSD speeds at the power consumption level of eMMC.

LG Watch Urbane gets LTE, NFC, and battery variant

It isn't uncommon for companies to try and squeeze all they can from a winning product, but LG might again be going overboard just a wee bit. Just a week after it unveiled the classy LG Watch Urbane, which has still to make a public appearance at MWC 2015, it is announcing a new variant that might make you think twice about reaching for that new smartwatch. As the name suggests, the LG Watch Urbane LTE adds 4G connectivity, but it is also adding a lot more than that.

Lollipops rain on some HTC One M7, LG G3, Moto G, Moto X

There's a saying that goes "when it rains, it pours", but this is one rain that mobile users are unlikely to complain about. After some delays and silence on the rollout of Android 5.0, we're now seeing a flood of incoming updates to some smartphones. Sadly, not all models and not all regions are covered by this joyful news. Hopefully, though, it's just the opening salvo that opens the floodgates of Android 5.0 updates everywhere.
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