HTC-Apple deal to benefit Android maker this year

by: Chris SmithJanuary 1, 2013


A few weeks ago HTC and Apple surprised the tech-loving crowds by announcing an unexpected settlement that put an end to the legal quarrel between the two, a fight that was largely won by the iPhone maker at the time.

While Apple still fights in courts two other important Android OEMs, Samsung and Google’s Motorola, the brawl with HTC is now over, and it looks like the settlement is good news for the Taiwanese company.

According to Focus Taiwan, HTC China president Ray Yam stated that the HTC-Apple deal will benefit the company, as HTC will be able to utilize resources to drive innovation rather than finding workarounds to avoid patent suits from Apple:

HTC wasted too many resources on the Apple lawsuits, which were seen as “a sword hanging over our heads,” Yam said.

Since the settlement, HTC has encouraged its employees during various meetings to “take broader steps,” he said.

“The biggest benefit to us is that we can put more energy into innovation, which is more important than anything else for a technology company,” Yam said.

HTC is rumored to be working on some interesting Android devices that will hit stores later this year, but the fact that it’s not on Apple’s patent-infringing radar anymore may not help the company get back on top of the Android business that easily, an ecosystem dominated by Samsung, at least according to Barclays:

HTC continues, however, to face the same structural problems it had before the settlement, such as lost market share in the U.S. and intensifying competition in China’s smartphone market, British bank Barclays Plc cautioned.

Unless HTC and Apple build further business relationships or cooperate on mobile devices, Barclays believed the settlement remains a non event in terms of HTC’s fundamentals.

Are you buying an HTC device next year?

  • Well, I spent half of 2012 waiting for HTC to launch the One family in my country, as they had promised. But then they announced the closure of all activities in my country, instead of launching the new Phones. :/

    So I can’t buy anything from HTC this year, since they no longer wants our money…

  • cycad007

    I like HTC and hope they do well. They were the first OEM to give Android a chance and both HTC/Google benefited enormously. Now that HTC doesn’t have to worry about Apple “workarounds”, let’s see if they can (hopefully) step up their game.

  • abir

    I used to like HTC, before they decided to over price all their devices.

  • nanorabbit

    htc was already good without need for apple mercy.
    but with this stupid agreement, it feels like whenever I bought htc phone I’ll pay indirectly to apple. wtf ?

    I just bought desire x last month. I think this will be my last htc phone.
    looking forward to sony and nokia phone..

  • joe

    got my wife a rezound…sucks a phone with those specs will never see jelly bean…i hate the UI…will never buy htc again…

    • Matt

      Not true, on XDA they have made a Jelly Bean rom. I’m flashing it right now after using a beta pre-public jelly bean rom, it has gone public with the CM10 base.

      • Matt

        I meant, after personally testing a beta AOKP JB for a dev for 3 or 4 weeks (It was so stable I , it finally went public, and CM10 is available now. :) There’s only a few things that don’t work, like camcorder. The camera works though, both front and rear cameras.

  • HTC suck