HTC to launch first 'metaverse' phone in April

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: HTC is looking to reclaim its position among the world’s top smartphone manufacturers, and it aims to do so with a handset designed specifically with the metaverse in mind. Nobody has really mastered the VR / AR realm on mobile yet but if anyone has a solid shot, it's HTC with its extensive knowledge of the PC VR industry in its side pocket.

HTC Asia-Pacific general manager Charles Huang reportedly told DigiTimes (paywalled, via Android Authority) that the Taiwanese consumer electronics specialist will launch a “metaverse phone” in April. It’s said to be a high-end offering, presumably something powerful enough to drive VR / AR applications.

Others have tried and failed. Google discontinued its Daydream virtual reality platform in late 2019. Samsung effectively killed off its Gear VR efforts a year later.

What HTC does have going for it is the fact that it’s one of the top players in the PC virtual reality space with a solid catalog of content to work with. If the company could harness some of what it has learned and bring it over to mobile, things could get interesting.

HTC co-founder and Chairwoman Cher Wang recently outlined the company’s version of the metaverse, which it calls Viverse. It’s really no different than what other companies like Facebook are promising at this stage – a virtual world where you can go on adventures, share experiences with others, attend meetings and so on.

It’s far too early to know if the metaverse will take off as many have predicted or sputter out before getting off the ground. At this stage, it seems as if one of the biggest hurdles could be fragmentation. With so many companies aiming to launch their own version, how are any of them expected to succeed?

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Sausagemeat

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So hang on, HTC expect users to buy this phone, strap it to their face and navigate the “metaverse”?
 

letsgoiowa

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Isn't it really interesting how the "metaverse" was supposed to be an interconnected, open protocol where various digital technologies overlap, yet many companies are trying to make a closed, proprietary pen for the proles?
Maybe they've inhaled too much WEF.
 

Beerfloat

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After the success of the HTC Facebook Phone and the HTC Cryptophone it is no surprise to see the company once again with its finger firmly on the pulse of what’s hip and what’s square.

Oh HTC. You used to be great.
 

Sausagemeat

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After the success of the HTC Facebook Phone and the HTC Cryptophone it is no surprise to see the company once again with its finger firmly on the pulse of what’s hip and what’s square.

Oh HTC. You used to be great.
When was that then? I just remember some crappy Android phones with little to no after sales updates and support, dreadful battery life and the iconic massive clock on the Home Screen. Which always confused me, who needs a giant clock widget?
 

Beerfloat

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When was that then? I just remember some crappy Android phones with little to no after sales updates and support, dreadful battery life and the iconic massive clock on the Home Screen. Which always confused me, who needs a giant clock widget?
I like the HTC Desire and the One X. Lost interest after that. YMMV.
 

Lounds

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HTC used to make great devices such as the HTC One M7/8. Shame that such a great company has struggled to get enough investment to be competitive. OnePlus replaced HTC for me.