Beats smartphone coming, to be built by HTC and powered by Android?

Beats smartphone coming, to be built by HTC and powered by Android?
Many people never found out that the T-Mobile G1 handset they used all those years ago was actually manufactured by HTC. The latter could be going back to its roots as a contract manufacturer if a new report pans out. According to a trusted source for BGR, HTC will be the manufacturer of a Beats smartphone that will be powered by Android. The Taiwan based company will also develop a unique Beats UI that will run over the OS. Despite all this, the Beats smartphone will not have any HTC branding on it at all.

HTC recently gave up majority ownership of Beats after which speculation rose that HTC would stop offering Beats Audio technology on future handsets. HTC denied that the rumor was true and said that it was committed to producing its phones with Beats Audio technology on board. Besides trying to compete with the Apple iPhone, Beats is also said to be developing an iTunes competitor that for now has the name "Daisy," that will offer a subscription based streaming music service.

The idea is to combine a Beats smartphone with a Beats television and "Daisy" to offer a similar experience to what Apple offers with Apple TV, its mobile devices and iTunes. And unlike the partnership wih HTC, Beats will be in total control of product design and pricing. So far, there is no word on when we might see the launch of the Beats smartphone, television or the "Daisy" music service.

source: BGR



1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Um this whole beats thing is going too far,seeing 12 years olds instore looking to buy 200 euro beats is just all wrong on so many levels! Not sure how this phone could end up

2. dblue45

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

Make it a MONSTER!

3. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

HTC-------------------------------------------->wr​ong direction

35. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

You can't be serious.

37. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

sure am.

4. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

They should rename their tv to "pictures"

28. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011


5. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

What's the point of building a similar experience to what Apple offers when we already have what Apple offers? Being like Apple is not enough - they'll have to do better across the board than Apple and better than what we have on the Android side (Google and Amazon) or this will be a non-starter.

8. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yay. Another UI. This is gonna suck. Even worse than the Facebook phone.

12. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

the facebook phones were actually pretty good if you were obsessed with facebook lets be real here, whats the worst that could happen here? HTC puts out a gussied up One X or One S with a "b" paintjob? Doesn't seem that bad to me.

14. wendygarett unregistered

You don't like HTC make second ui??

15. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I like Sense and think it would be better if HTC concentrated on improving that instead of adding another UI to deal with.

17. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Like the last guy said, HTC should work more on their own UI, improving multitasking, and reducing bloat/lag (which they have managed to do quite well already, kudos to them for that). Another UI for Beats alone is ridiculous and a terrible marketing choice.

19. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

htc just updated the evo 4g lte to sense 4.1 and from what a user on here said in his post, its a major improvement!

23. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yeah, this is what I was saying in my last post. They've already done a lot to improve, I just wanna see them do it more.

34. wendygarett unregistered

Why can't HTC do both? I would be awesome too :)

10. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Give it a chance and let's see what specs it has before passing judgement. It could wind up being a really good phone. It has a significant chance to be a flop, I'll not argue that, but who knows, it could turn out pretty cool.

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i really doubt this. HTC devices have all the Beats Support one currently needs in a phone. what i think this is is a Beats EDITION HTC, like they do with HP Laptops. maybe from now on the Beats Editions will be the ones shipping with headphones but for a premium while the regular versions come out sans the headphones for a cheaper price.

13. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Meh, anything with Beats is overrated. It didn't improve the sound on my Rezound compared to a downloadable equalizer and my all in-ear headphoens surpass the junk iBeats that came in the box. The color scheme is good though. I wish HTC or other manufacturers would support BBE like Cowon does on their players... combined with an awesome Wolfson DAC of course. Those things would be worth more to me than Beats and would sound better as well. Screw the rapper hyped BS.

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i like the over ear Beats but my Skullcandy Heavy Medals murders any Beats Ear Buds. tbh i'm kind of swept up in the marketing hype. sue me. xD

29. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Im with you on the marketing hype. I know that with beats headsets, eventhough they sound great, youre paying for the brand really. But you know what same thing goes with LandRovers, Cadillacs etc. I'd buy a Beats phone just for bragging rights. I just hope it has atleast an S4 Pro. Oh and please no HTC branding on it anywhere. No one needs to know monster made beats ;)

30. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

xD i bet like with the HP Laptops the HTC branding will be black like the phone so it'll blend in while there's a big red "b" on it.

31. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

I mean I can see why HP keeps their logo on it. Most people would be reluctant to buy a laptop if they are unsure of the reputation. But I think they can get away with it they market this as an "MP3 Player" that has calling features. I would buy this if it was just straight Beats, but if it says HTC on it I'll pass. You know kinda like Lexus owners that dont want to admit its a Toyota.

43. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

A bit off topic, but King, how are those Heavy Medals? I need a new pair of ear buds, and I've been looking at those or some Klipsch S4i. Are they really that good, or are they as over rated as people say they are? I've had 3 pairs of Skullcandys in the past (Fix and 2 pairs of Titans) and they were decent, but they always broke on me. Any better build quality or durability?

44. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i really like them. in terms of high-end Skullcandy buds it goes from Titans being the weakest of the high-end crop to the FMJs being in the middle and then the Heavy Medals being the top dog. i've had the FMJs and the Heavy Medals and they're both very good. i definitely recommend the Heavy Medals if you like Bass though because they have huge drivers, you can make those bad boys really vibrate in your ears and the Mic works with all of the Android devices i've owned just fine. i have a pair of Beats Solo HDs too and when i compare the two i come to the conclusion that the Beats sound a bit cleaner but the Heavy Medals kill them in the Bass department hands down and they're half the price. i actually got mine for 50% off of that so i really came out lucky but come to think of it i got my Beats half off too so it's really the same thing just on a smaller magnitude. xD

16. wendygarett unregistered

BGR's rumors?? Next!!!

18. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Hey....Im down! a dr dre smart phone? thats sounds pretty cool.......cant wait to see the design and specs, hopefully it will be a "monster" :)

21. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

You forgot to mention that HTC is the company that Google contracted to make the original Nexus device, the Nexus One. I think that HTC should go back to being as you say "a contract manufacturer", but should also come up with their own devices like they are doing now. They could contract to companies like T-Mobile, Google, and Beats, while at the same time creating limited devices like the One series.

22. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What is so good about beats? I still prefer AKG, bose, or Sennheiser for my studio headphones. Mind you, I don't walk the streets or ride public transportation with them on. I don't get why people want to put themselves at a tactical disadvantage. Then again I don't get why people would use beats, its overrated.

26. residualhatred

Posts: 25; Member since: May 28, 2012

Everyone wants to make a smartphone these days......and a tablet!

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