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HTC wants you to have a phone for your smartphone
You know what's really annoying? Having to use your smartphone as an actual phone. That really takes valuable time away from surfing the web, checking through various social networks, and of course playing games. Sure, you could use a Bluetooth headset, but HTC has a better idea: why not have a phone for your smartphone?

This is not a joke. HTC has just announced the HTC Mini+, which is a Bluetooth phone for your phone. Of course, if all the Mini+ did was act as a Bluetooth handset, it would be pretty silly, so HTC has also added in some nice extra features. The device will give you notifications for texts, events, and emails. It can also remotely control your device's camera, although we're not sure how useful that would really be. Additionally, the Mini+ can act as a TV remote, and it can control multimedia streaming through your HTC Media Link HD. And, just in case all that isn't enough, it also has a built-in laser pointer and slideshow remote options. 

HTC says the Mini+ will get 9 hours of talk time. One surprise is that the compatibility is fairly limited, as it will only work with the HTC One mini, HTC Butterfly S, HTC Desire 200, and HTC Desire 500. That's right, this thing doesn't even work with HTC's flagship One. Never mind that, a reader just let us know that the HTC One got an update to add support for the Mini+. If you're still interested, the HTC Mini+ will set you back $50. 

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posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:11 21

1. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Fail.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:57 6

15. sharks (Posts: 171; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


"That's right, this thing doesn't even work with HTC's flagship One." You are WRONG!! I just checked and got a system update to 2.24.401.9 (31.0 MB) on my international HTC One and it adds support for HTC Mini+ among other things.
The HTC One is still the best smartphone of 2013. Period.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 16:21 3

21. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


untill the n3 or the i1

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 16:24 5

22. sharks (Posts: 171; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


No smartphone stays at the top forever. Yet, the One has retained its crown for the most part of 2013.
It is simply impossible in 2013 for any other smartphones to beat the One's very high quality front-facing stereo speakers and the industry-leading SLCD3 with 469 PPI. Newer devices will only get a specs bump, which doesn't matter as the Snapdragon 600 still holds really well against any app/game you throw at it.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 18:52

29. sharks (Posts: 171; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Did i forget to mention the unique first-of-its-kind aluminium unibody with zero-gap technology?

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 18:54 1

30. thequota (Posts: 37; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


i rather use headphones.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 04:14 2

40. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 123; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Htc one is the top smartphone?? How come??
Sales--GS4>> htc one
Benchmarks--GS4>>htc one(this includes other hardware too)
these are the only facts with proof..everything else is based on personal opinion..like design,screen,etc..
so yeah..htc never had the crown...cant say about the future..

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 15:15 1

46. zhiae (Posts: 180; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


ur right lesson at this
sales gs4>>one ''gud for samy cuz i feel i own one''limited ed
benchmarks gs4>>one ''actual usage one ''try it ur self
these are only facts with poof
others based on persnal
like having more light and wide cam over more migapixle
or having dual front instead one
or even plastic or metal
and over saturation or less screen
having a bazel or less bazel etc
htc will die or not i dont care cuz im device loyal over brand

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 06:24

48. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 123; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Well good for u that u feel special having a device which sold less...in that case may b u can buy some flop product..u ll feel even better..
i have owned both..currently using s4 as my primary device..i agree that htc ui is smoother but thats it..its slower than gs4 at doing everything else...from launching apps to lag in games..and it shows in real life..
secondly,ultrapixel thingy was an epic failure..u cant even compare htc one's camera with that of GS4's..go see for urself instead of just reading stuff online and then make up ur mind..
Having plastic or metal is a personal preference..a lot of ppl hate how easily u can put a dent on metal phones...add to that htc's poor quality control..newer devices still have gaps in the unibody..
now about screen..like i said earlier..its personal preference..some ppl like lcd's while others like amoled..and btw go check some of the screen reviews..gs4 screen has the most accurate colors along with iphone 5 in movie screen mode..

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 04:29

41. Damitel (Posts: 65; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


2013: a phone for my smartphone
2014: a phone for my phone's smartphone
2015: a phone for my phone's phone smartphone.
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2020: I have 8 phones just to assist my smartphone. Should such a phone assisted with 8 phones to be functional still deserve to be called 'smartphone'? No, I think it should be called 'dumbphone'. HTC, thanks but no thanks

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 01:46

47. cezarepc (Posts: 610; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Just buy a feature phone with your $50.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:17 3

2. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Too stupid for jokes. Things like this will lead to HTC going under or being sold off.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 16:35 2

24. sharks (Posts: 171; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


I really like the idea behind this "remote control". One possible usage that comes to mind is to use the HTC One together with a projector. For example, you can connect the One to your projector instead of using another device like, PC/laptop/tablet and then use the HTC Mini+ to control a PowerPoint presentation or show a movie.
As usual, HTC leads with innovation. Well done!

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 19:09 2

31. sniper1087 (Posts: 408; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


what? "HTC has just announced the HTC Mini+, which is a Bluetooth phone for your phone" it is only for calls nothing else, where is the innovation here? I still have not seen innovation, except for the moto X so far, they brought a couple of things that didnt require a spec bump. Touchless control, Active Notification, Moto Connect, answer sms from your pc, very useful, Moto Assist works great too.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 19:27 3

33. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Go home, you're virtually drunk.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:20 6

3. mishooo111 (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


wow no longer will i have to use my phone as a phone, instead i will use a phone for my phone as a phone

and in future i hope the phone for my phone will have a phone just to make things easyer

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:24 1

4. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


No HTC today is not April Fools

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:25

5. khurram87 (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


Apparently the cost is £50 and not $50 as stated in the article.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:32 4

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


This is just plain solid stupid!

The next thing i know, the phone for my smartphone will be 'smart' soon enough.

HTC, have you got no better move?

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:38

7. bucky (Posts: 1576; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


The size android phones are becoming I can see this taking off. That, or they start including purses with phones

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:41 3

8. tiburonpineda (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


HTC has a better idea?? really? epic fail.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:42 7

9. Pudds (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Is XZibit the new HTC Spokesman?

Yo Dawg we heard you like cell phones, so we got you a cell phone for your cell phone so you can call from a cell phone while you surf on your cell phone.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:59

16. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


^this!

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:46 2

10. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


No HTC. No.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:50 1

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4171; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


And there goes the next boat to sink - the SS HTC.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 16:10 1

20. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


agree. idiotic idea. im glad i left htc in the dust last year.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:52

12. power_x (Posts: 244; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


It is like saying that I need a TV for a Smart TV

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:54

13. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


HTC want what? Another gimmick, extra expenses!!! Why not update first their phones!? Another excuses to forget the update.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 15:57

14. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


what the blue fuq

I swear android is full of gimmicks

first they want you to flick your wrist like a sissy to launch the camera instead of having a dedicated camera button then they made humongous phablets that look silly against your head. now they want me to buy an extra phone to do something that the original phone was supposed to do

really?

is it that much of a hassle to stop surfing the web or playing candy crush just to answer a call or reply to a text?

smh

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 16:04 6

17. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1477; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


This has nothing to do with Android.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 16:06 4

18. willard12 (Posts: 890; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Yup, they made humongous phablets. So now, everyone else, like Nokia, can follow.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 16:06

19. scsa852k (Posts: 303; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


LMAO!!!

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 16:34

23. xtian1103 (Posts: 361; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


again?http://www.androidos.in/2013/08/htc-designers-arrested-alleged-expense-fraud-stealing-trade-secrets/

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 17:05 1

25. philansel7 (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


Fail !!! Face Palm !! next time we will get an mp3 player to listen to the songs on our phone!!

Great idea !!

Let's vote for this one !!

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 17:28 4

26. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2729; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Yo, dawg. I heard you like phones. So I made a phone for your phone, so you'll never have to answer your original phone again.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 18:04

27. AfterShock (Posts: 2990; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Part of me says this is future thinking, think of it like this..
Main soc an GPU, screen ram and storage in one part, with wireless add one such as this mini, Google glass an what other body smart parts. Main body stays in pocket unless you need it,, I know it loads us down, but in this brave new world things like this are IMO happening in small starts.
Jmtc

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 19:21 4

32. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Unless you need it?
When do you NOT need your phone to answer a call?
There's the bluetooth headset for you if you are too lazy to take out your smartphone.

So you mean it's okay if smartphones don't have the calling ear piece as long as there's another device to answer the calls?
Like hell man! This is just stupid thinking...it's like HTC came up with this stuff because they can't think about anything else to do.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 18:30 2

28. kingkoopa765 (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


shut up and take my money... then give it back, seriously. This is nuts, why do i want to try this? it's probably a solid build quality and looks like a home phone. Sold, but not really.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 19:38

34. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Was this one of the trade secrets the design team allegedly stole? Good. Let them have it. Let them fail.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 21:12

35. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


really? the whole point of a smartphone was you have that one device that does everything, has it got to a point that your smartphone needs a dump phone too. whats next a smatphones phones will soon have there own smartphone too lol. if you find devices like the htc one or note too big too use as a phone then doesnt that mean you should maybe get a smaller phone instead or get a bt headset. if you going for a 2 device solution then you might aswell get a tablet and a small smartphone. to me that makes more sense than getting a smaller phone for your smartphone...having said all that each to there own, if this is useful to even just a few than thats good.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 21:27

36. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)


For some reason I'm thinking this might be aimed at China or an emerging market where a family might share a smartphone. It turns the smart phone into a cordless base station with multiple extension handsets like a home phone. The other features are just added in for giggles.

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 22:36

37. ibap (Posts: 711; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


I think this is actually aimed at those who can't fit a phablet in their pocket, and keep it stashed in a backpack or messenger bag, and are tired of fumbling to get their phone out.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 00:42

38. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Why not just carry a feature phone with a second SIM. The new Nokia 515 feature phone is perfect for this.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 00:56

39. legion181 (Posts: 24; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


We heard you like using the phone, so we put a phone in your phone so you use the phone while you're using your phone.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 07:15

42. fo0ling (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Jul 2013)


Almost frikkin $50! You serious HTC? A resemblance of a wireless telephone that would pretty much pair with such a good and beefy looking phone? I'm sure this is a whole lot of fail.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 07:20

43. Leo_MC (Posts: 601; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Buy a freaking tablet if you want big screens and let the phones be pocketable.
That's why I want an iPhone.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 08:53

44. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


this is hilarious!

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 10:02

45. DaRKaiSeR (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


in some areas of the city or even some countries is very dangerous to show a phone like the htc one, you can get the mini and do not have that risk, i will buy it if it works with htc one google edition soon

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