This morning is full of good news as HTC, Sony and Xiaomi get ready for releases and new projects. Let’s check out the details!
HTC’s UH OH Protection announcement came to give us all a great deal of joy, but that was not the only thing the Taiwanese manufacturer announced this morning. We also got an HTC One M9 USA release date, which now we know is set for April 10th.
As it goes with any announcement, though, there is some fine print you have to keep in mind. Not everyone will get access to the HTC One M9 right away. Availability for all versions wil still vary based on carrier. Al we know is the phone will be available in retail on April 10th, but that is likely the unlocked version.
Opinion: With UH OH Protection in play, we know many of you will be signing up for the HTC One M9 as soon as possible. It’s good to see you won’t have to wait much longer. This is not only one of the best devices to date, but it is now also one of the best deals.
PlayStation Vue has been going through its testing period for some time in the USA, but only in a few cities, where testers have been able to give the streaming TV service a go. This testing period ends today, though. Well, not completely, but it’s now available to much more people.
The service is launching in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, the same cities where the testing took place. Customers residing in these cities can now pay for PlayStation Vue, which starts at $50 per month. The next plan costs $60, offering regional sports networks and additional movie channels. Now, if you really want to go all out you can opt for the $70 Elite program, which includes 25 “lifestyle, music and family channels”.
Opinion: With Sling TV and Apple’s rumored internet TV service around, Sony is not walking into an empty room here. Competition is growing strong, but we do believe Sony has a good chance at making it here. They have sold nearly 20 million PS4 consoles, and many millions more already have a PS3.
Xiaomi is racing to the top of the mobile food chain, and they are quicky becoming one of the most influential Android manufacturers around. This doesn’t mean the Chinese manufacturer doesn’t have room to explore other platforms, though. While the Chinese manufacturer has announced they will not be shipping phones with Windows 10 (yet), they are giving Microsoft fans some breathing room.
Xiaomi and Microsoft have partnered to offer a select group of hard core Xiaomi Mi 4 users a Windows 10 test ride. This will help in the development of a new ROM for the device, which could later allow other users to flash Windows Phone OS into their Xiaomi Mi 4 handsets. And you won’t be left out in the wild if you do this, as Microsoft has promised support for those who flash the ROM.
Opinion: Xiaomi is very well invested in Android, and more so in their own implementation of it. I highly doubt they will invest too much time in Windows Phone, which wouldn’t allow Xiaomi to mess around with the software too much. Regardless, this is a pretty awesome opportunity to see how a Xiaomi device will work with Windows Phone.