Android fans can be very fickle. While Apple fans dutifully line up every year or two to buy the newest iPhone, many hardcore Android fans are only loyal to the company that’s producing the best phone right now. Two years ago, HTC was the darling of these fans because its HTC One M7 was simply a beautiful premium phone that came out at a time when Samsung was still releasing devices marred by cheap-feeling plastic. Even one year ago, HTC was still in many Android fans’ good graces because the One M8 was a significant improvement over the M7 and was one of the very best smartphones to come out last year.
The last thing that I wanted to do was confirm that HTC’s newest phone looks exactly like an iPhone 6. But after spending some hands-on time with the device last week, I’m finding it impossible to see anything else when I look at it.
The protruding camera, the antenna lines, the aluminum housing — HTC says that it’s taking back a design that it pioneered, but everyone else is going to shout “copycat.” It’s a shame, too, because the HTC One A9 is not a bad phone. More →
Plenty of pundits claim that Samsung rose to the top of the smartphone industry in part because it copied Apple’s iPhone line. It’s hard to argue with evidence like a top-secret 132-page document Samsung made to show its engineers how to copy the iPhone pixel by pixel. HTC is having a tough time keeping pace with its rivals and now that the company finds itself in a very difficult position — shipments are still sinking and its 2015 flagship phone didn’t help at all — it looks like the Taiwan-based vendor is going to take a page out of Samsung’s book… by taking a page out of Apple’s book. More →
Samsung created a top secret 132-page document to show its engineers how to copy the iPhone pixel by pixel, and the company still never managed to pull off anything that was anywhere near as shameless as the iPhone ripoff HTC is about to unveil. Seriously… just look at this thing. More →
Things are not going well right now for HTC, which makes what are indisputably some of the best smartphones in the world. The company’s problem — apart from the fact that it thought releasing a flagship phone that’s barely an update from last year’s model was a good idea mid-tailspin — is that it simply doesn’t have the size or marketing budget to battle Samsung in the Android market.
However, it looks like things are about to take an interesting turn: Just as Samsung ripped off Apple’s iPhone to aid in its climb to the top (remember that damning 132-page internal report on how to copy the iPhone pixel by pixel?), it appears as though HTC is preparing to follow suit as it struggles to regain its footing in the smartphone market it once briefly led. More →
If you thought companies like Samsung and Xiaomi were shameless with their iPhone ripoffs, wait until you see what HTC has been cooking up behind closed doors. Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but newly leaked photos appear to HTC’s new flagship smartphone for the second half of 2015… and by the looks of things, it’s basically an iPhone 6 that runs Android.
And once again, we have to ask… why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple?
HTC is probably fully aware that it lost the battle with Samsung this year, as the HTC One M9 failed to impress buyers in a manner similar to the Galaxy S6 family. Now, a new report indicates that the Taiwanese company is already working on a powerful new flagship device, a phablet that will sport high-end specs and a crazy new name. More →
Say a prayer for HTC — it’s entered the same black hole that once consumed BlackBerry and Nokia. Per The Guardian, HTC last quarter suffered a net loss of Tw$8 billion (USD$253), the company’s biggest net loss ever. The company’s smartphone business is getting hammered by low-cost competitors such as Xiaomi and now it’s apparently pinning its hopes for a turnaround on its HTC Vive virtual reality headset. More →
There are times when I feel bad about bashing HTC. The company makes some terrific hardware and is filled with smart and talented people who have a passion for designing great products. However, HTC’s latest move to spam users with advertisements in their notifications center is something that is so self-destructive that the company needs to be told that it’s a bad idea. More →
On Wednesday, HTC announced that it will be bringing four new models within its affordable Desire line of smartphones to the United States. The Desire 520, Desire 526, Desire 626 and Desire 626s will be coming to market later this year with quad-core Snapdragon 210 processors, LTE connectivity, Android L and designs to rival flagship devices. More →
HTC is in a lot of trouble, and that’s putting it mildly. Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo has done a thorough rundown of why 2015 has been a total disaster for HTC, which wasn’t exactly crushing it in 2014 either. Nonetheless, 2015 represents a decisive turn downward for the company, which has traditionally won high praise for its top-notch hardware that it’s supported with some of the absolute worst marketing campaigns the world has ever seen. More →
Want more proof that the HTC One M9 has been a complete disaster so far? Look no further than HTC’s own monthly revenues for May 2015. In total, HTC hauled in NT$10.8 billion in revenue in May 2015, or about USD$348 million. This was not only a 20.3% decline from the NT$13.5 billion in revenue the company posted in April, but a stunning 48.5% decline from the NT$21 billion the company reported in May 2014. The fact that these steep declines occurred just a month after HTC released its One M9 flagship phone just makes things look much, much worse for the company, since we don’t expect the sequel to the HTC RE to make up for the massive decline in smartphone sales. More →