A survey of parents of young children in the UK suggests that reading stories on touchscreen mobile devices like smartphones and tablets could boost literacy, particularly among kids from disadvantaged areas.
Dublin: 11.03.2014 10.36AM
HTC has made numerous announcements at an event in London. It has updated its Sense UI, introduced a new service called HTCSense.com and unveiled Android-based smartphones, the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z.
“We’re excited to be taking the HTC Sense experience beyond the phone to a whole new level with a series of connected HTC services we call HTCSense.com,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation.
“Our customers will value the holistic approach we’re taking to enhance their mobile experience. This customer-first philosophy has resonated with people buying HTC phones and this drives us to continue introducing new innovative smartphones, like the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z.”
HTC is offering a new Sense experience, allowing for HD video-recording capabilities.
It features a newly created camera experience, which includes capturing effects and filters to manipulate depth of field, add distortion effects and vintage effects.
Sense is also adding advanced multimedia capabilities to make capturing, sharing and uploading content easier.
It has online e-reading capabilities, utilising a new e-book store powered by Kobo, and a new mobile optimised e-reader with the ability to highlight, annotate and quickly search for definitions or translate terms.
It includes HTC Locations, which gives users instant, on-demand mapping without having to pay for mobile roaming charges or download delays.
HTC has announced HTCSense.com, which helps users back up data, improve security and control their HTC handset via their PC or their HTC phone.
It includes a locate feature which triggers the user’s handset to ring loudly while flagging its location on an online map if the phone is lost or stolen.
Users can also remotely lock the device or wipe the phone if necessary.
The service archives contacts, text messages, call history, customisations and data.
The Desire HD features a 4.3-inch LCD screen and is made from a solid block of aluminium.
It comes with 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor and an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.
The Desire HD features 720p video recording, Dolby Mobile and HSPA+ dara with 802.11n Wi-Fi.
It’s also one of the first HTC devices to have enhanced HTC Sense experience with HTCsense.com services.
It has the new HTC Fast Boot to let users quickly make calls or check emails by shortening the power-up sequence time.
It will be released in Europe in October.
The HTC Desire Z offers a pop-out QWERTY keyboard, with user assigned keys and system wide shortcuts for launching apps quickly.
It features a 5-megapixel camera with a flash and is HD capable.
It includes an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor with HSPA+ and 802.11n radios providing the data.
The Desire Z also comes with Sense, includes HTC Fast Boot and has new HTCsense.com services.
It will be available in Europe in October.