NEW YORK (AP) — HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC says it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to make an Android version of the One, as well as other Android phones.
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HTC Corporation today released unaudited results for the first quarter of 2014, posting a net loss before tax of $62.17 million on $1.08 billion in total revenue. Net operating losses hit $67.7 milion. This latest quarter's losses come after HTC reported a new profits of $10 million in the fourth quarter of last year, which was largely attributed to the company's sale of headphone maker Beats.
It looks like there could be some iPhone users considering a switch over to the dark side, namely Android. New numbers from CompareMyMobile.com, a UK shop that offers money for used phones, found that iPhone valuations were way up after HTC announced its new HTC One M8.
In this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk, we take a look at HTC's new One flagship smartphone, as well as sneak peak at the Competitive Carriers Association's (CCA) annual expo. We also managed to get Stephen Elop's thoughts on just exactly why the Nokia/Microsoft deal has been delayed.
HTC today announced its new One smartphone at events in New York and London. The phone will see U.S. release at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile within the first few weeks of April. But starting today, customers will be able to buy the phone online from all the carriers mentioned. Verizon will have the phone available in-store starting today.
Ciao Mobile is a new MVNO entering the U.S. today on Sprint’s LTE network and it’s kicking things off with an intriguing offer of unlimited LTE for $10 a month. The Ciao Mobile Lite plan packages unlimited LTE data, talk and text for a ridiculously low price but there’s a catch: users will have to let a “targeted mobile app” kick out advertisements on their lock screen.
HTC is launching an inititive that aims to crowd source Android phones in an effort to solve various problems, ranging from the curing of diseases to facilitating the search for Extra Terrestrials. Check out this video for more on just exactly how HTC would like to use your Android phone for the greater good.
HTC today announced its Advantage guarantee, including a free one-time replacement for a cracked screen. Anyone who buys an HTC One, One Max or One Mini beginning today can rest assured that if they bust up the display in the first six months of ownership, HTC will fix it for them.
In a press release Monday, Nokia and HTC announced that they have settled all pending patent litigation between them, and entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement. According to the release, HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC's LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia's licensing offering.
Chang Chialin, chief financial officer for HTC, told Bloomberg Thursday that the coming year is looking much more promising than the dismal 2013 HTC recorded. Just how bad was it? HTC's sales dropped 30 percent in 2013 and the company's shares fell a whopping 53 percent, reporting its first annual net loss ever.
Google and Cisco have signed a “long-term” patent cross-licensing agreement. The companies said the agreement will increase the value taken from their respective portfolios and, more importantly, diffuse some of the risk for future litigation. Google’s new agreement with Cisco comes shortly after the company entered similar agreements with Samsung and Ericsson related to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets.
A London judge Tuesday ruled that HTC has infinged on Nokia patents, according to a report from Bloomberg. Judge Richard Arnold ruled that chips contiained in HTC's One smarpthone were also in violation of Nokia's proprietary technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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