They say that deaths come in threes, but we’re not sure they were referring to smartphone makers. Either way, it seems that HTC might be following in the footsteps of BlackBerry and Nokia as the Taiwan-based company continues to lose value at an alarming rate. Bloomberg reports that “the smartphone maker lost 90 percent of its market value since 2011,” but is still too expensive to be considered for a buyout or merger. HTC also has a consensus rating of 1.6 out of 5 from analysts in the industry, which is significantly lower than both BlackBerry and Nokia. More →
HTC is working with Qualcomm to alter a chip design that has been judged to infringe on Nokia’s radio patents, The Wall Street Journal reports. The original ITC ruling on the matter involved only older handsets, but the dispute could engulf the new HTC One flagship model by January. Nokia has a wide and deep portfolio of patents spanning several key areas, including antenna design, power consumption reduction techniques, email transmission, messaging functionality and menu systems. The company has widely been regarded as not pursuing its patent cases against Asian vendors aggressively, while it has focused on it skirmishes with Apple. More →
Tuesday’s news that the Galaxy Note 3 was found artificially increasing its own benchmark scores caused a bit of a stir. There’s no question that Note 3 is one of the most powerful phablets on the market, so why cheat? It turns out that Samsung is just keeping up with its competition. According to a report by AnandTech, HTC, LG and Asus have each been implementing similar CPU optimization in their own smartphones, and nearly all Android OEMs have been complicit in the practice at some point over the past few years. More →
Now that we have plenty of photographic evidence to prove the existence of the HTC One Max phablet, the next piece of the puzzle is the supersized smartphone’s release date. According to one ePrice user, the HTC Max One might be revealed around October 17th, well over a month after the cell phone unveiling extravaganza that was IFA 2013. The same user also says that the phone will carry a 23,900 NTD ($809 USD) price tag. The rumored specs for the phone include a 5.9-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The tie-up between HTC and Beats Electronics has been a curious one, and now it is coming to an end. HTC dumped $300 million into Beats by Dr. Dre back in 2011 and the company’s audio tuning technology was showcased on a number of HTC smartphones following the deal. Now that HTC has moved on to “BoomSound” technology, the company apparently has no need to be involved with Beats. HTC announced on Friday that it has sold its 26,100 Class B shares, which represented about 25% of Beats, back to Beats Electronics for roughly $265 million. The funds changed hands on Friday so the deal is done, and HTC confirmed that it now holds zero interest in Beats.
This is a bit of bad news HTC could certainly have lived without. As troubles continue to mount for the struggling Taiwan-based smartphone vendor, it was dealt another blow on Monday afternoon when the U.S. International Trade Commission found that several HTC smartphones infringe two Nokia-owned patents. The ITC found HTC innocent of infringing a third patent. An injunction preventing HTC from importing several smartphone models could be issued as a result, though it wouldn’t impact the vendors latest smartphones. According to Reuters, the HTC Amaze 4G, Inspire 4G, Flyer, Jetstream, Radar 4G, Rezound and Sensation 4G are the only devices covered in the case. As HTC weighs its options, Nokia was quick to issue a statement. ”Nokia is pleased that the initial determination of the ITC confirmed that HTC has infringed two of our patents,” was all the soon-to-be-former Finnish smartphone maker had to say.
HTC is increasingly likely to post its first-ever net loss this quarter, according to a new report from Reuters. The site spoke to several unnamed sources who said HTC has been facing supply constraints related to the new HTC One mini’s aluminum case. According to the report, design issues have led to manufacturing difficulties that have slowed yields and demand is not being met as a result. HTC reported unaudited August revenue that fell by almost half compared to the same month last year, despite the fact that the company’s current flagship smartphone, the HTC One, is probably the best Android phone on the planet. The company’s newer One mini is a scaled down version of that phone available at a lower price. While it’s a solid mid-range phone, analysts estimated that HTC would only ship about 200,000 units per month following its launch.
Another set of HTC One Max photos have leaked, and although there might not be much left to see after Monday’s leak, these photos confirm many of the rumored specifications of the One Max. The latest leak from a Sina Weibo user includes a photo of the upcoming HTC smartphone sitting next to a both a Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 3. We can now get a very good feel for how the 5.9-inch screen stacks up since it’s shown next to Samsung’s smartphones. The specifications of the phone are also on display in one photo, which seems to confirm the quad-core processor, Adreno 320 graphics, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The latest leaked pictures of the HTC One Max follow below. More →
It looks like HTC really is building its own smartphone platform. Android Community points us to a leaked picture that purportedly shows off HTC’s new smartphone OS that it will use exclusively on smartphones sold in China. The layout of the purported HTC OS looks a lot like the Blinkfeed overlay that HTC developed for its latest Android devices so it still isn’t clear whether this new platform is completely new or whether it’s simply a forked version of Android modified specifically to fit the Chinese government’s specifications. More →
The HTC One Max is coming soon and it’s going to be really big. Nowhereelse.fr has published yet another series of leaked pictures of HTC’s upcoming phablet and they show just how enormous the device looks when being held in someone’s hand. As we’ve seen in earlier leaks of the HTC One Max, the new HTC smartphone really does look like a larger version of the One, with the same curved aluminum rear casing and front-facing speakers on the top and bottom of the device. Relatedly, VR-Zone notes that the Weibo user who first posted pictures of the device claims that it will feature a 5.9-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a 1.7GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera. 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 3,300mAh battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The leaked pictures of the One Max follow below. More →
HTC on Sunday confirmed earlier reports that a new round of layoffs swept the company’s U.S. headquarters late last week. Multiple initial reports suggested as many as 150 jobs were cut, however the actual figure was apparently much lower. “[The layoffs were] a decisive action by HTC Corp (US) to streamline and optimize our organization and improve efficiencies after several years of aggressive growth,” HTC said in a statement to AllThingsD, which noted that about 30 jobs were cut this past Friday. HTC’s statement continued, “This is a hard decision that has direct impact on people who have contributed to the growth HTC has experienced the past several years. However, to achieve our long-term goals as a business and return maximum value to our shareholders, this is a necessary step to drive ongoing innovation.” Earlier this month, HTC posted unaudited August revenue that declined about 47% from the same month last year.
HTC’s first phablet is getting closer to launch which means that more and more pictures are leaking out. Nowhereelse.fr writer Steve Hammerstoffer has posted some pictures on his Twitter account that he snagged from Chinese microblogging site Weibo showing the upcoming HTC One Max phablet side-by-side with the HTC One. As we’ve seen in earlier leaks, the HTC One Max really does look like a larger version of the One, with the same curved aluminum rear casing and front-facing speakers on the top and bottom of the device. Rumored specs for the device include a 5.9-inch full HD display, a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, an UltraPixel camera, a 3,300 mAh battery and Android 4.4 Kit Kat. The leaked pictures of the One Max follow below. More →
Apple inspired Samsung a great deal on its way to the top, and now it looks like another smartphone vendor is drawing inspiration from the Cupertino-based iPhone maker. A series of recent leaks revealed that HTC’s upcoming phablet, the HTC One Max, will include an integrated fingerprint scanner, leading many to believe that nearly a year’s worth of iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner rumors likely served as HTC’s inspiration for the move. Another rumor that has been around for almost as long suggested that Apple would unveil a gold iPhone this year. And sure enough, Apple loves gold. Following the unveiling of Apple’s new gold iPhone 5s, a leaked image posted on Sina Weibo shows the housing from HTC’s flagship HTC One in, you guessed it, gold. The same Sina Weibo user previously leaked images of the blue HTC One that ended up being real, so we can likely expect to see HTC unveil a gold One in the coming months.