We often hear about Motorola device updates before they’re announced thanks to soak tests, which are early versions of updates sent to members of the Motorola Feedback Community for testing before their public launch. Now a new leak has shown that HTC is kicking off a similar program of its own.
A new leak has revealed that HTC may be kicking off a new program called “HTC Preview” that’s designed to let users test out new hardware and software before they’re released to the public. The program is currently only open to US-based members of HTC Elevate, which is HTC’s “customer VIP program.”
Once enrolled in HTC Preview, users will test early versions of both software and hardware. In some cases, HTC will send loaner devices to be used in testing, and in other instances users may load test software up on their own devices. If a user ever decides to leave HTC Preview, they’ll need to send their device to HTC to have it refreshed with regular software. HTC says that its trials will normally take 6-10 weeks to complete.
This HTC Preview program sounds like a nice way for members of HTC Elevate to get a preview of HTC’s upcoming goodies. What’s especially interesting is that while most of the tests will involve upcoming software and app updates, HTC says that some users will get to test upcoming hardware. And don’t fret if you want to be a part of HTC Preview but you aren’t in HTC Elevate, as it’s said that HTC Preview will be opening to the public “in the coming months.”
Via Android Police