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Earlier this morning, HTC announced its new smartphone, the HTC 10, revealing that the Android device will have the ability to wirelessly play audio through devices and speakers that support streaming via Apple's AirPlay feature (via SlashGear). In addition to AirPlay support, the basic specs of the phone include a 5.2-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 3,000 mAh battery for two full days of charge, and a USB Type-C port.


The addition of support for AirPlay makes the HTC 10 the first Android smartphone to work with Apple's audio and video streaming feature out of the box. AirPlay's inclusion into the HTC 10 also means that the Android device will be able to stream directly to the new Apple TV.

The move is a deliberate one by HTC, according to Darren Sng, vice president of product marketing for the company, as it plans to make its smartphones as feature rich as possible, even if it means support for third-party software. The company would even be open to including Apple Pay in its devices, if Apple ever opened up the mobile payments service to other manufacturers.
"We are platform agnostic," Darren Sng, vice president of product marketing, says of the company's ambitions. That extends beyond just streaming standards, too: if Apple made Apple Pay available to third-party manufacturers, or Samsung did the same with Samsung Pay, the exec says, HTC would jump at the opportunity.

"You wouldn't want credit card companies to determine what you can put in your wallet," Sng points out, "so why would you want a particular vendor to decide what payment you put in your phone?"
The HTC 10 is the company's flagship smartphone for 2016, coming on the heels of last year's HTC One M9 device. Anyone interested will be able to purchase the HTC 10 in May for an unlocked price of $699, and various, undisclosed carrier prices. The phone can be pre-ordered from HTC's website today, and in the United States users will be able to choose from black and silver color options, while other markets will include a third alternative of gold.

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Article Link: HTC 10 is the First Android Smartphone to Support Apple AirPlay Out of the Box
 

chucker23n1

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The Android device will have the ability to wirelessly play audio through devices and speakers that support streaming via Apple's AirPlay feature

Is this licensed? Or do they use a reverse-engineered implementation?

I.e., is Apple OK with this, or will we see a situation similar to when Palm tried to make iTunes "compatible" with the Pre?

[HTC] plans to make its smartphones as feature rich as possible

That's not how product design works. Good luck throwing **** at the wall, though.
 

GFLPraxis

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I'll be really curious to see if Apple switched to USB-C with future iPhones. It seems to cover all of the reasons they developed lightening (reversible, small) while being faster and a standard, but it's likely frustrate existing buyers to change the port again and invalidate all accessories.

Impressive specs on that HTC phone. And we're still half a year from an iPhone 7. That's exciting to think about what a leap it may be.
 

BMcCoy

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Shame Mr. Nigel Newby-House is reading from a script/autocue in that video.
Undermines any "enthusiasm" for the product, when he can't memorise what he wants to say..
It makes the tone of what he is saying sound quite insincere.

At least the Apple boys go out on the keynote stage having memorised all the adjectives they want to use regarding the latest iDevice.. OK, so memorising "magical" "incredible" and "our customers are loving..." doesn't take too much time, but at least they're not reading an autocue on stage!
 

Studioman

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Interestingly it's a fully licensed version done with apple's blessing.
Apple made air play open to be licensed years ago. The other manufactures including their so called partners turned rivals refused to support it and instead tried to create their own version that never really worked the same.
 
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DMVillain

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As an Apple user, this is good for me. I wish Android would support all of Apple's open standards. FaceTime would be sweet.
I want this too, but it would absolutely cannibalize the iPhone. I think it's more likely Apple opens up iOS to allow selecting other services as default apps, which could create more of an android (or other platform) experience.
 

napabar

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I'll be really curious to see if Apple switched to USB-C with future iPhones. It seems to cover all of the reasons they developed lightening (reversible, small) while being faster and a standard, but it's likely frustrate existing buyers to change the port again and invalidate all accessories.

That makes zero sense. USB-C is much thicker than Lightning. They are getting rid of the headphone port because of size.
 

MacGod

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I think he was "pleased to tell us" about this phone and the features... Like some of the features, but that video should have been tweaked a bit - not produced with a high level of quality.
 
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