HTC One smartphone offers BlinkFeed to Ultrapixels to take on iPhone, Samsung
It has distinguished the phone, the HTC One, from rival Android devices by using new software - the BlinkFeed feature.
The new feature is to replace icons on the home screen with a personalised stream of news articles, social networking updates, photos and video.
HTC is also billing it as the first smartphone with a built-in remote control function, opening a window into a potential new business model for phone vendors and cable TV operators.
HTC is in discussions with cable operators in different countries, and hopes to offer a more interactive package for consumers by transforming the phone into a remote control for TVs, set-top boxes and receivers, according to analysts who attended a conference with HTC on Tuesday. The company declined to comment on whether it was in talks.
"The new TV connectivity feature inspires new imagination regarding how the smartphone and TV space may evolve," said CK Lu, an analyst for Gartner based in Taipei. "It allows for deep collaboration," he said.
Possibilities include co-developing apps and bundle-selling by smartphone makers and cable operators, Lu said, which would expand sales channels.
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