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Review: The HTC One Max and How Big is Too Big?

December 3, 2013 9:32 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

I should preface this review with some context: my everyday device is an iPhone 5. I’ve become less adamant in my love for all things Apple in recent years. Part of that has to do with improvements to Android and Windows, and part of that has to do with Apple’s tunnel vision.

Review: HTC, Nokia Offer Good, Giant Choices

November 26, 2013 8:57 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

 I find giant phones hard to carry and use, but I'm well aware that many people like the bigger images and text they offer. These so-called phablets, with screens measuring about 6 inches diagonally, are nearly as big as the smallest tablets. Unlike tablets, they can make phone calls over cellular networks.

FreedomPop Intros Bring-Your-Own-Phone Option

November 19, 2013 8:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Busy MVNO FreedomPop has made good on another promise and is now allowing customers to bring their compatible devices into the FreedomPop fold. In addition to opening up its service to Sprint devices, FreedomPop also announced its device portfolio is welcoming a new addition, the HTC Evo, for $99. 


HTC Announces Gloomy 4Q Forecast

November 5, 2013 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

At least HTC is being realistic about its recent struggles. The Taiwanese smartphone maker on Tuesday released guidance forecasting fourth-quarter revenues of $1.4 billion, which was down from analyst expectations of $1.8 billion. 

Apple, Microsoft Sue Samsung, Google Over Nortel Patents

November 1, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters reports that Rockstar, the group that in 2011 successfully bid $4.5 billion in a bankruptcy auction for Nortel’s patents, has filed suit for patent infringement against Samsung, Google, HTC, Huawei and four other companies.  Rockstar is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson.

Taiwan Body Fines Samsung for Blasting Local Rival

October 24, 2013 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission on Thursday fined the local unit of South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. for undermining the reputation of Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corp. In a notice on its website, the consumer protection body said that Samsung had organized an Internet campaign in violation of fair trade rules to praise Samsung smartphones while slamming those of HTC.

Report: HTC Closes One of Four Prouduction Lines

October 23, 2013 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Things continue to deteriorate for the HTC. The Taiwanese OEM has reportedly halted production at one its four main manufacturing plants, according to a report from Reuters. The factory being closed accounts for at least a fifth of total capacity, and Reuters said that closing has put pressure on HTC's cash flow. 

First Look: HTC's One Max

October 16, 2013 4:47 pm | Videos | Comments

As rumors swirl that HTC is teaming up with Amazon on a line of smarpthones, the struggling OEM recently dropped the HTC One Max, it's largest slab yet. With a slew of high-end specs, perhaps most noticeable are the HTC One Max's measurements, which come in at 5.9 inches of screen real estate. 


HTC Confirms Huge One Max with 5.9-inch Display and Fingerprint Sensor

October 14, 2013 10:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Months of rumors hinted at HTC’s next offering and the now the company has confirmed the HTC One Max. After shrinking its 4.7-inch HTC One into the HTC Mini, the Taiwanese phone maker has gone the opposite direction and blown up its hero phone to a massive 5.9-inch display and added a fingerprint sensor to boot.

HTC Swings to First-Ever Quarterly Net Loss

October 4, 2013 9:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC Friday announced its first net loss for a quarter ever. According to a statement, HTC will mark down a $101 million loss on revenue of $1.6 billion. The news comes as HTC struggles to find its feet in a smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple

Report: HTC Targets China with New Mobile OS

August 28, 2013 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC is targeting China with a mobile operating system of its own. The new OS will include deep integration with Chinese apps like Weibo, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The project reportedly was conceived two years ago, when HTC first said it had aspirations to develop an OS of its own. 

Report: Beats Looks to Break It Off With HTC

August 19, 2013 9:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal cites people familiar with the matter, saying the Jimmy Iovine- and Dr. Dre-fronted company is aiming to buy out HTC’s 25-percent stake. Beats is reportedly in talks with a new investor that could offer debt financing and possibly snatch up a minority stake. Iovine and Dre currently own 75 percent of the company.

Friday Flick: HTC's "Here to Change" Starring Robert Downey Jr.

August 15, 2013 1:46 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | Videos | Comments

In the first full spot from HTC's new ad campaign, Robert Downey Jr. saunters through a series of bizarre initialism interpretations for the company's name. Detractors say it's too drastic a shift away from the HTC's old message of "Quietly Brilliant" and criticize it for choosing odd non sequiturs over talking about the actual phones. But people are talking about HTC and that's basically the point of the ad.


HTC Steps Out with New Spokesman Robert Downey Jr

August 12, 2013 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The first full clips will begin showing up on YouTube August 15 and in movie theaters and on TV shortly thereafter. The second phase of ads will focus on HTC’s hardware and software advances like BlinkFeed and BoomSound while the third phase will center on use-cases for the company’s portfolio.

Taiwan's HTC Reports 83 Percent Drop in 2Q Profit

July 30, 2013 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. reported an 83 percent drop in second quarter profit Tuesday, hit by intensifying competition in the smartphone market. HTC's profit totaled 1.2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($40 million) on revenue of NT$70 billion in the three months through June...

HTC Officially Launches HTC One mini

July 18, 2013 10:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Following months of rumors, HTC has officially added to its smartphone fleet with a compact version of its flagship HTC One. Dubbed the HTC One mini, the phone maintains many of the features found on the HTC One but shrinks some of the specs.

Review: Price for Simplicity in New Google Phones

July 2, 2013 2:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Two new Android phones will look and sound familiar to those who have been paying attention to phones. That's because these two devices are replicas of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's One, except they lack most of the bells and whistles added to the original models.

First News Briefs: HTC, Robert Downey Jr., Tektronix, iPresent and Phunware

June 21, 2013 10:04 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Tektronix Communications, a full-service telecoms intelligence provider, announced the launch of its Corporate Account Management (CAM) software solution, aimed at helping corporate account managers gain insight into the performance of their accounts and the experience of individual corporate account subscribers.

HTC Launches Budget Smartphone for Low-End Market

June 19, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

It’s a segment that Nokia and Samsung know plenty about already and now HTC is getting in on the low-cost smartphone market. HTC Wednesday released the Desire 200, an Android touchscreen handset priced around $167, well below that of the company’s flagship HTC One, which sells for $600 or $200 on contract.

HTC Loses Another Exec but May Sales Pick Up

June 4, 2013 9:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The high-level exodus continues for the flailing HTC as COO Matthew Costello has stepped down. Bloomberg reports that Fred Liu, president of engineering and operations, will have his duties expanded to cover the responsibilities of the departing Costello. This makes four senior executives who have left the company in the past two years.

Report: HTC Scraps Plans for Full-Sized Windows RT Tablet

May 31, 2013 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HTC is tossing out its plans for a full-sized Windows RT tablet, citing weak demand for devices running the RT operating system and the overall cost of producing a large tablet. Bloomberg cited people familiar with the matter who indicated that HTC still plans to release a 7-inch Windows 8 tablet optimized for ARM chipsets later this year.

Google to Sell HTC One with Unmodified Android

May 31, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is adding the recently released HTC One to its lineup of smartphones running on an unmodified version of its latest Android software. An HTC One model relying on the same version of Android as Google's Nexus brand will go on sale on June 26 for $599...

HTC Reports Dismal 1Q Profits

April 8, 2013 9:59 am | by By Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC today posted preliminary financials for the first quarter of 2013 that show the effects of delays in the launch of its flagship HTC One smartphone. The company today said unaudited net profit was $2.85 million for the...

HTC Set to Get “Loud,” Retire Its “Quietly Brilliant” Tagline

March 25, 2013 10:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HTC hasn’t been “loud enough” and it plans to turn up the volume on its marketing efforts, starting by retiring its “Quietly Brilliant” tagline. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, HTC CMO Benjamin Ho said the company’s new approach will be “bolder.”

First News Briefs for March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

HTC will replace its current PDF product help guides with an online product experience driven by MindTouch that rivals Apple's customer experience. The new MindTouch-driven site automatically knows who the visitor is (customer, customer service manager, partners) and optimizes relevant content for that person through MindTouch's HelpRank algorithm.

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