Of all the problems to have when launching a new flagship smartphone, trouble keeping up with demand is hardly the worst. Of course, things change a bit when a company has to pump units into channels as quickly as possible before the top-selling smartphone vendor in the world launches the Galaxy S4. HTC undoubtedly lost some sales thanks to its production woes with the One, but a new report suggests its manufacturing issues are behind it. According to Focus Taiwan, HTC North Asia president Jack Tong said that production capacity for the HTC One will double in May and increase further in June. ”Our capacity is expected to rise significantly starting from mid-May,” Tong reportedly said Friday at a press conference. “We are optimistic about our high-end sales during April and June.”
Google made a splash at its I/O Developers Conference on Wednesday when it announced a special edition Galaxy S4 smartphone. The device will be sold directly through Google’s Play Store for $649 and runs a stock version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, rather than Samsung’s TouchWhiz user interface. Unfortunately it would appear other manufacturers will not be following Samsung and Google’s lead. HTC confirmed in a statement to TechnoBuffalo that it has no plans to offer its popular all-metal One smartphone with a stock version of Android. The company does offer an unlocked developer edition of the HTC One on its website, however that model still runs the company’s Sense user interface.
When we advised HTC to start fighting dirty a while ago, we didn’t expect them to take us quite so literally. In a new ad for its flagship HTC One smartphone, HTC shows off its new Blink Feed interface that the company bills as a single live stream that’s constantly showing the latest updates on all your apps, thus making it easier for you to find new data without switching through all your apps individually. In the new ad, HTC shows users of rival devices “digging” on their phones for all their apps as piles of dirt start to appear around their feet. HTC One owners, on the other hand, have a much cleaner experience and are shown getting everything they need through Blink Feed. The full advertisement is posted below. More →
Verizon subscribers who are looking to own one of the world’s hottest Android phones may have to wait quite a bit longer to get their hands on the HTC One. Droid Life reports that HTC public relations director Tom Harlin said during a recent Yahoo Q&A that HTC isn’t ready to make “any official announcement about HTC One coming to Verizon” while emphasizing that the “DROID DNA continues to be the HTC hero smartphone at Verizon.” The DROID DNA released late last year on Verizon and is a very strong device that still doesn’t stack up to the HTC One, which BGR found to be one of the best smartphones in the world. Every major carrier in the United States except Verizon has signed on to support the One so far and there has been some speculation that Verizon could announce support for a modified version of the device sometime this summer.
HTC on Monday reported its revenue performance for the month of April, which continued the company’s downward trend as it struggles against rivals Samsung and Apple. HTC’s sales totaled NT$19.6 billion in April 2013, or roughly $645 million, and cumulative sales for the first four months of 2013 have now reached NT$62.4 billion. April’s performance was down 37% from April 2012, when HTC reported sales totaling NT$31 billion. HTC also saw cumulative revenue reach NT$99 billion by the end of April last year. While the company’s April 2012 sales continued a downward trend that has some industry watchers questioning whether or not HTC should begin hunting for a new CEO, there is one positive sign: As the HTC One began to roll out around the world in April, HTC’s revenue was up 26% over March.
HTC’s profits plummeted 98% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2013 and chief executive Peter Chou’s future may depend on the success of the company’s new flagship smartphone. HTC was at one point the top-selling smartphone vendor in the United States, however the company’s lead vanished as rivals began innovating faster. Samsung and Apple now ship 22 times more handsets globally than HTC. More →
HTC was once the top-selling smartphone vendor in the United States. It wasn’t even that long ago. The Taiwan-based vendor reported six consecutive months of record revenue in 2011 before it ran into a brick wall known as the iPhone 4S. Since then, things have been tumbling downhill for HTC, culminating in the company’s worst-ever quarterly performance that saw profits plummet 98% in Q1 2013. Fierce competition from Apple is one reason HTC has seen its profits evaporate over the past year and a half, but another company has likely caused even more trouble for the struggling smartphone vendor: Samsung. More →
HTC on Thursday posted its audited earnings results for the first quarter of 2013 and the were in line with the company’s pre-announcement from last month. HTC managed to pull in just $2.88 in after-tax profit, down about 98% from the year-ago quarter, which had already seen profit drop 70% from Q1 2011. Revenue last quarter came in at $1.45 billion and operating margins fell to just 0.1%. More →
The biggest question for the HTC One hasn’t been whether it’s good enough to go toe-to-toe with Samsung’s Galaxy S4, but whether it can survive under fire from Samsung’s marketing Death Star that spent a whopping $402 million in the United States alone last year. Barron’s points us to a new research note from CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets analyst CK Cheng, who has upped his sales estimates for the HTC’s new flagship phone to 3.5 million units in the second quarter of 2013, up from an earlier estimate of between 2.5 million to 3 million. For the full year, Cheng says that HTC will probably sell between 9 million and 10 million HTC Ones, which is an improvement from sales of the HTC One X that topped out at between 7 million and 8 million units. Cheng also says that the glowing reviews the HTC One has received will keep its sales strong throughout the year even as Samsung is shipping upward of 60 million Galaxy S4 models to markets around the world.
According to a new leak, HTC is about to change the smartphone that changes everything. We’ve already seen several details leak regarding an upcoming HTC smartphone codenamed “M4,” and now the device has been pictured for the first time. Evleaks, who has a nearly spotless record when publishing early images and details surrounding unreleased handsets, posted the images on mobile blog PhoneArena on Wednesday. He also rehashed some specs reported earlier, including a 4.3-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera and Android 4.2. BGR reviewed the HTC One last month and called it the most impressive Android smartphone ever built. One of our only minor complaints was that the handset is on the larger side, so the M4 could be ideal for those who don’t mind taking a few steps back in terms of specs. The leaked image of the HTC M4 follows below. More →
In the global smartphone war, HTC is at a huge disadvantage. Apple and Samsung spend billions on research and development, billions more on marketing and advertising, and the result has been complete industry domination. But there is still hope for the beleaguered Taiwan-based handset maker. HTC’s latest flagship smartphone, the HTC One, has received critical acclaim from earlier reviewers and industry watchers believe it could indeed be the comeback catalyst HTC so desperately needs. More →
While BGR found Samsung’s Galaxy S4 to be a top-notch smartphone, other publications have given the device decidedly mixed reviews, typified by Walt Mossberg’s criticism of Samsung for producing software that is “often gimmicky, duplicative of standard Android apps, or, in some cases, only intermittently functional.” There’s likely no company that is more relieved to see the Galaxy S4 getting so-so reviews than HTC, whose HTC One flagship phone has received across-the-board acclaim but is also in danger of being outgunned by Samsung’s all-powerful hype machine. More →
HTC may have made the world’s best Android phone with the HTC One, but the company has had trouble getting the device to potential customers in a timely manner. In addition to the HTC One’s delayed release date, the device is now facing an injunction granted by a Dutch court to rival manufacturer Nokia, which is alleging that key microphone components used for the HTC One violate an exclusivity deal between Nokia and ST Microelectronics. An unnamed source tells Engadget that “the issue is likely to be a breach of an NDA between Nokia and ST Electronics as the phone maker asserts that the ‘microphone components [were] invented by and manufactured exclusively for Nokia.’” While this sort of case may be irritating for European consumers who are hoping to get their hands on the HTC One, Engadget helpfully notes that at least it isn’t yet another patent dispute.