HTC reported a record quarter Friday as its 2010 smartphone shipments were more than double the previous year. HTC saw record revenue in Q4, topping $3.3 billion on shipments of 9.9 million units. The company reports that it shipped almost 25 million total units in its fiscal 2010. HTC, which went public just three years ago, has quickly built a smartphone empire on the back of Google’s Android operating system. HTC is now expanding to also build smartphones powered by Microsoft’s new mobile OS, Windows Phone 7, but it will continue to use Android as its main operating system. “We believe the overall pie is still big enough to have at least three to four tier-1 players enjoy the growth momentum,” the company said in a statement. Clearly, HTC has no plans to relinquish its place among those tier-1 players.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.