Gather 'round, people! The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here - HTC is about to announce something, and if the rumors are to be believed, this 'something' is a One (M8) phone loaded with Windows Phone 8.1! OK, maybe it really isn't such a big deal, but we guess at least Windows Phone fans will be delighted to see this handset materialize.
As always, we'll be covering the announcement HTC has to make live - you can follow the event's progress through the liveblog below, to get a sense of what's happening on stage.
The event is scheduled to begin at 7 AM Pacific | 8 AM Mountain | 9 AM Central | 10 AM Eastern | 2 PM GMT | 4 PM Central European Time.
Live event tracker
|09:33||And don't forget, we will be covering the Sprint event later on today too. Thanks people!|
|09:32||And that's a wrap folks. We'll be checking out the new HTC One M8 for Windows, so stay tuned for our coverage. Thanks a lot folks!|
|09:32||It's been one heck of a long time since we've seen a high-end Windows Phone from HTC, so we're really curious to see how it performs.|
|09:31||You can pick it up at Verizon stores starting tomorrow.|
|09:31||The M8 will launch at the promotional price of $99.99 with a 2-year contract with online availability starting today at noon.|
|09:30||It operates on its super fast XLTE network. And it's preloaded with the NFL mobile app, just to let you football folks know.|
|09:29||Now we're hearing some talk regarding some of Verizon's accolades in the industry, and how they're excited to have this new phone.|
|09:27||"What are you wearing Cortana?"
"Just something I picked up at engineering."|
|09:27||They've added a new accessories API and some custom work with Cortana.|
|09:26||Of course, it's exclusive to Verizon - while also compatible to many of the HTC One M8's accessories. Like the HTC Dot View case|
|09:24||Essentially, they took everything about the Android powered HTC One M8, and simply swapped out the software for Windows Phone.|
|09:23||And there we are folks, it's the HTC One M8 for Windows. It's official official!|
|09:23||A quick video previewing the new phone!! It looks like the HTC One M8, but it's running Windows Phone|
|09:21||Big talk about the popular and success of the HTC One M8.|
|09:20||Alright. We're getting started folks. HTC's Jason Mackenzie is up on stage doing the open remarks.|
|09:18||This is looking like an intimate affair here folks. There aren't that many people in attendance, so we expect a quick unveiling.|
|09:17||Needless to say, there's an obvious theme going on here. It also helps that the TV monitor is displaying the HTC, Microsoft, &Verizon logos|
|09:14||We are seated and waiting for things to begin. So far, we've seen Surface Pros and an XBOX One here. |
|09:06||And we are in folks! |
|08:45||@phonearenalive so far, we're still waiting to get inside, but the festivities should ramp up the closer we get to 10 AM ET. Stay tuned!|
|08:35||Good morning everyone! John V here at the HTC event. I'll be your host for this live blog. As you know, we're anticipating a Windows phone.|