HTC One M8 for Windows will be coming to AT&T and T-Mobile too

HTC One M8 for Windows will be coming to AT&T and T-Mobile too

Summary: HTC is doing something that no other manufacturer has yet done by getting the exact same phone on all major US wireless carriers running two different mobile operating systems.

HTC One M8 for Windows will be coming to AT&T and T-Mobile too
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I continue to enjoy testing the HTC One M8 for Windows on Verizon, but will be sending the eval unit back soon. Thankfully, HTC will be bringing this same device to both AT&T and T-Mobile.

The AT&T announcement was made later the same day as the Verizon launch, but T-Mobile just shared their upcoming availability. We do not know how long the M8 for Windows will be a Verizon exclusive, but T-Mobile does state it will be available online in time for the holidays. Labor Day is a holiday, right? By the sound of this, it looks like Verizon may have something like a 90-day exclusive.

It is great to see that the HTC One M8 for Windows is the exact same hardware as the Android model and looks to also be consistent across US carriers, with the exception of the wireless radios.

Thanks to my MoTR podcast cohost Kevin Tofel for the heads-up on this news.

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Topics: Mobility, HTC, Smartphones, Windows Phone

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  • About time

    Everyone acts like this is a big deal. I say about time. Why the heck would HTC and Samsung create different phones for Win/Android in the first place?
    Sean Foley
    • It's a big deal becuase this is the first time it has happened.

      What makes it a big deal is that this is the first time it has been done in the mobile phone space. However, you are right in saying it's about time.

      It's a smart move by both Msft and HTC. To leverage the h/w efforts of HTC on their android version is a really good move. Msft should have done this a long time ago but they had h/w restrictions in place that prevented it.

      What I hope is that this phone has enough success in the market to spur other vendors like LG, Samsung and Sony to follow suit. It would be great to open up h/w options across multiple carriers to give consumers more choice.

      WP 8.1 is a beautiful operating system. It is the first time that Msft has something on par or better than the current offerings from Android or Apple.
  • Here it is boys and girls, the final showdown putting everything to rest.

    Engadget detailed comparison review. Same exact hardware. Some of you have insisted that windows phone OS is so much more efficient and gets longer battery life. You also claimed windows phone is so "fluid". Lets take a look:

    "The M8 for Windows runs well most of the time. To nitpick ('tis my burden and duty), the Android version is a little faster when loading apps and multitasking, primarily due to the time-wasting animations scattered throughout the Windows Phone OS. It's a difference of a couple seconds each time, which likely won't matter at all to most users. Games run smoothly with few to no frame skips, but the same titles on Android were consistently more fluid. Occasionally, the processor on the Windows version would slow down, making games extremely choppy for around 15 seconds, after which it'd smooth out for two or three seconds before returning to its frozen state. A reboot usually cleared up the problem, but I've never run into similar issues on the M8 for Android."

    Finally with regards to battery life, its about a wash:
    " In my testing so far, it appears that the WP option is better than the Android version in some ways and worse in others. "
    • Perception and reality are not the same thing

      I've read somewhere, battery lasted for 10% more with the windows version.
      Also I wonder about the level of optimization HTC performed on both devices. I'm sure HTC tried to save resources for the WP versions that hardly will be a hit.
      • Does it matter?

        "I'm sure HTC tried to save resources for the WP versions that hardly will be a hit."

        The end result is Android performs better than Windows Phone 8 on the same hardware.
    • User Reviews

      The problem with usage reviews and comments on fluidity is that it is highly subjective. How do you measure fluidity? Therefore, claims to more fluid on WP or Android really have no meaning.

      What is meaningful is battery life as that is something that can actually be measured. The challenge here is that battery life is also dependent on settings some of which impact performance. Therefore, if you turn everything off, you get a certain battery level performance but it also means that the device level performance will be lower.

      So, everything has a cost can extend battery life but at the cost of performance. You can leave performance options on for better user experience but at the cost of battery life.

      I believe most of the claims around WP having better battery life are based upon leaving performance options on which is what most users are likely to do unless they are in dire need of extending battery because they know they cannot recharge in the near future. As such, WP apparently does outperform Android with perf. features on. However, Android can be made to last longer if all perf. features are turned off. At least, that is what I am reading on multiple sites.
      • Let me get this right.

        You are trying to tell us that EVERY phone hardware reviewer out there skews their performance results by making sure to turn all features off when testing Android, and turn all features on when testing WP?

        Why would all of them do that? I can some biased bloggers doing that, but serious hardware reviewers need to maintain their objectivity to build a rep as a good reviewer.
        • There aren't that many "serious" hardware and software and OS reviewers

          out there. Any one of them can be bought, and many have. If the price is right, any device can come out smelling like a rose,while the competing device will smell like the stuff that dogs leave behind.
    • Maybe about time

      WP on my almost 2 years old Lumia 920 is as fast as when I first got it. I can't say the same thing about other Android devices (phone included) that I own. It seems that Android has improved a lot in the last two years. And perhaps WP runs better than Android on 2-core but not 4-core (ie Android could better utilize the extra cores?). I also have a lower-end Lumia 635 that runs on 4-core smoothly. And I do wish WP would cut down screen flips animation. it makes it feel smooth but I can do away with fluff.

      And perhaps WP updates add unnecessary burden to the CPU (e.g. Cortana).

      Either way, competition is great for all of us. We can only hope that they both try to outpace each others.
    • Any reviews that come out after the initial release of a device for an OS,

      will most likely show favor towards the OS that has had that device, or similar ones, for a long time.

      Reviews for a single device on an OS, aren't what people should be paying attention to. People should be paying attention to how a particular OS performs with a bigger variety of devices. One device, and one study, and one person's perceptions, do not matter, when what's needed is an overall performance study for all (or many) devices.

      Windows has to put up with thousands of devices with very different specs, and not a single study will show all devices performing the same. Likewise for any mobile OS. It's going to take a while before the performance studies arrive at figures that people can use to make good and informed decisions.
    • Yes, drwong, everything has been put to rest, but not how you're thinking.

      The only thing that you've done, the only thing that's been put to rest is the question as to whether you speak from a negative MS bias.

      You've just proved to us that you do. So that question has been answered, the issue put to rest.

      Instead of focusing on the article, you've posted someone's else's opinion of the Hardware running WP8, yet never ever bothered to ask why HTC created this? They obviously see a value in doing so that you wanted to ignore. They saw a value in getting the phone out to the carriers, a value you chose to ignore.

      It's as if you're trying to hide something, attempting to hijack the conversation away from discussing why that value may be. As I said, an obvious bias no longer hidden.

      And here you posted thinking that it would somehow work out in your favor. Instead all you've done is shown us that your words really aren't worth the time you've spent crafting them....
      • You're a strange "animal"

        Once again you spent a long post complaining about others not being focused on the article!
        Interestingly you've done precisely what you've just complained about.
        If you don't like/agree with someone's opinion you should (my opinion - you're free) present valid arguments.

        The post you've replied to it's almost entirely made with a quote from a trusted site, and this HTC will be naturally compared with the android version. I'm very curious about how both compare, apparently all the complains about lagging on android were not entirely accurate - lagging was something I've heard many times.
  • Have to wonder when comparing Apps

    Are we comparing an app that has been on the Android platform for years, enjoying the fruit of updates to one just recently ported to WP.