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Two Saturdays ago, Apple issued a press release saying that they’ve settled all their patent issues with HTC and that the two have entered into a decade long licensing agreement whereby both companies can share each other’s patents. That press release took everyone by surprise because we all thought Apple would never, ever, settle. Steve Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, that he would do everything in his power to wipe Android off the face of the planet. Now that Tim Cook is in charge, does the company have a new policy towards competitors?
Forgetting about Tim for a second, today HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou, told reporters at a press event in Tokyo that he’s absolutely furious with how the media handled the news of their agreement with Apple. Shortly after the deal between the two companies was announced, rumors started circulating that HTC would have to pay Apple anywhere between $6 and $8 per Android handset shipped. Chou says those numbers are “outrageous” and that the rumors are “baseless”. HTC has repeatedly said that their Q4 financial results will not be impacted by the deal with Apple, so we don’t know where that $6 to $8 figure came from in the first place.
Truth be told, we don’t really know why anyone cares about this HTC deal. The company is in dire straits. They’re not performing as well as they used to in 2010, and these days, all the Android devices worth buying are made by either Samsung (Galaxy S3, Note 2) or LG (Nexus 4). That’s not to say that we don’t acknowledge how awesome an achievement the recently launched Droid DNA is, but it’s not going to be too long until we see 1080p smartphones from other companies.
Does HTC need to replace Chou in order to succeed? That’s a rumor that was first published by the Taiwanese publication Next Magazine. According to the Financial Times, not only is the rumor grossly incorrect, but HTC has said that they’re going to take the magazine to court!
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But what about the One X (and One X+) that everybody praises? Weren’t you a little too quick to say the only smartphones _worth buying_ are either from Samsung or LG?
I think HTC has a wide fan base, of which I’m included. HTC makes great UI’s, amazing displays. Of course we’d all like to see a company have it all (RAM, Internal memory, display, battery life, processing power) but to say that “…all the Android devices worth buying are made by either Samsung (Galaxy S3, Note 2) or LG (Nexus 4).” is completely unfounded. Loved my OG Evo, currently love my EVO4GLTE, and will futurely love my HTC whatever-the-fuck-they-make
Samsung androids( GS3 & GN2) are the only ones worthy of being purchased right now. I have the Galaxy SIII, and it reigns supreme over all smartphones. Especially the crappy iPhone.
The writer just lost all credibility by his statement: ‘all the Android devices worth buying are made by either Samsung (Galaxy S3, Note 2) or LG (Nexus 4)’
I don’t know I made my friends jealous who have the s3 and I have the Droid Razr Maxx HD
HTC needs to stop wearing its ass for a hat! And all the people in support of an HTC need to do it too! Don’t get me wrong, HTC is a good phone maker with lots of innovative ideas. Take the Droid DNA for eg. let me put it this way: HTC makes a Lamborghini of a phone – fast, sexy and a head turner with only one problem – the gas tank has a leak.
What is the point of making something great when you have an Achilles heel built into the system? It is like saying, the Lamborghini (HTC) is capable of reaching 220 mph but the leaky fuel tank will empty by the time it does 170!
HTC!! if i want a car (phone) that does 170 mph I will find an Oppo or a even consider iCrap. But when I want a 220 mph car (phone), I want one that does 220 mph no strings attached!
That’s why Samsung reigns supreme. Sure it might not be a Lambo of a phone but it does exactly what it promises.
So I say again – HTC needs to stop wearing its ass for a hat and so do the people supporting it. Nothing personal – just business!