Sometime in December HTC did warn investors that there would be a big fall in their profits for Quarter 4 of 2011. Q4 2011 generated T$11.02 billion ($366m) in net earnings, which marks a significant drop from the T$14.8b ($492m) the company pulled in during the same period a year earlier.
Initially we all thought this was because of the disastrous November that HTC had, but December was just as bad. Compared with 2010, HTC saw a 20.3% drop in revenue. HTC isn’t back tracking just yet, they aren’t in the hole as deep as some companies like RIM, HTC is still a big company with a nice portfolio of competitive products in both [...]
Wasn’t there enough upset people with the news of the Motorola Droid RAZR having a locked bootloader that ASUS had to go and follow Motorola’s footsteps and do it with their Transformer Prime? Some XDA Developers are asking for a nuisance campaign after discovering the very much anticipated Transformer Prime tablet comes with a bootloader locked with 128-bit encryption, making custom Kernels and most community based and built ROM’s impossible to run on this advanced quad core tablet.
We love some Transformer Prime goodness just as much as anyone else out there, but a locked bootloader, seriously? I thought Android was all about openness? I guess ASUS [...]
If you still think the iPad is the best thing since sliced bread, you might have to rethink this notion. As presented by Millenial Media, an immensely popular independent mobile ad network, a new device has taken over the iPad. Millenial Media has taken a liking for tracking impressions across platforms iOS, RIM, Windows Phone 7, and the Android. The newcomer to join the list is none other than the Kindle Fire by Amazon.
Ever since the tablet was released in the middle of November, it has received a remarkable number of ad impressions having an average 19% daily growth rate. And according to Millenial, the tablet has only been running for a month yet it has already [...]
If you’re keeping a close eye on the updates on the ongoing Apple infringement cases, you’ll agree that it really has a lot on its plate. Recently though, the US International Trade Commission gave a ruling that an Apple patent was violated by HTC. This, however, does not have a huge impact on the business of the Android maker whereas with Apple, this could turn into a bloody mess.
The ruling was made after Apple Inc. finally persuaded federal authorities to prohibit the US sales of some unlawful Android phones that had features similar to the iPhone. Considering there are so many different varieties of Android tablets and smartphones alike, the chances of them [...]
That’s right folks, those of us with the HTC Sensation/XE/4G can now load ICS onto our precious HTC Android phones. This is a Sense 3.5 and Android 4.0.1 ROM, So by looking at the lock screen it still looks like Gingerbread, but you can see all the new features once your phone is set up after installing the ROM. Special thanks to Robocik and Capy at XDA Forums for developing the RCMix Ice v1.0 ROM for all of the HTC Sensation users out there.First Impressions:
At first I thought it was a bit slow, but as you allow the ROM to settle into your phone it starts to get faster. Also once you enable Hardware Acceleration in the settings, it gets even faster. This ROM [...]
During the recent HTC Beats Party in Kuala Lumpur, we had a chance to rub shoulders with Wayne Tang, the Product Marketing Manager, Southeast Asia to answer a few questions about HTC Beats and upcoming HTC devices. Dig in.
AA: Why HTC & Beats? WT: HTC, being a rising brand in terms of smartphones, we recognize that music is something that is very important. Music groups the whole community together. Music breaks through cultural, racial and the language barrier boundaries. This has been a realization within HTC, and through Beats, it is executed to be a reality. A lot of companies realized the same importance of music, but none have come up with a [...]
Last quarter, HTC sent over 5.7 million smart phones to the US making them the leading smart phone manufacturer in America (Canalys). Therefore, if HTC were to stop selling Android phones, this could either hurt Android in the smartphone OS market, or leave the door wide open for Samsung, Motorola, and other Android device manufacturers.
In July of 2011, an ITC administrative law judge decided that HTC’s phones infringe on two of Apple’s patents. HTC has obviously chosen to disagree with the claim, and the date for this case has been set to December 14, 2011.
HTC has been accused of infringing upon the following patents:U.S. [...]
Ever since HTC became the leader in US smartphone sales, their Q3 numbers came in at about $4.54 billion in terms of revenue. In addition, HTC shipping increased by an incredible 93% over the year, to 13.2 million units. HTC claims that these record numbers are because of their “strong brand recognition, leading product portfolio and expanded distribution channels”. However, since those reports came out towards the beginning of November, HTC revenue has taken an absolute nose dive straight into the ground. Although that sounds pretty harsh, after hearing the numbers, you will surely agree that something went wrong with HTC in the month of November.
For the [...]
Sony is promising to update their whole Xperia line-up to Android 4.0 next year, and also LG says they will update at least 4 of the Optimus phones to ICS: LG Optimus 2X, 3D, Black and LTE. Out of the 4 the LG Optimus Black is the only single core one, so this gives us confirmation that Android 4.0 will work on single core phones, too, in case you were worried – with the whole Nexus One not getting it thing.
Of course, I believe Nexus One is not getting it mainly because of internal storage constraints than anything, and perhaps because even Google doesn’t want to extend the update process for more than the promised 18 months of updates (back at I/O 2011). [...]
I don’t think HTC has had a very clear strategy of where they are going for the past 6-12 months. They seem more focused on incremental improvements, releasing more products into the market and using the same type of processor. This choice of strategy has started reflecting in their revenues, and it seems next quarter’s growth will be flat at best:
“Fourth-quarter revenue will be approximately the same as a year earlier, when it was NT$104 billion ($3.4 billion), the Taoyuan, Taiwan-based company said in an exchange statement today. Last month, HTC forecast sales to range between NT$125 billion and NT$135 billion. Sales will slow quarter-on-quarter [...]