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HTC lays off large portion of US branch, smartphone and VR divisions merge (Updated)

The writing might be on the wall for HTC, though some will argue that has been the case for the last handful of years.
February 21, 2018

Update (02/23): Android Authority has received an official response from HTC regarding its layoffs:

We have recently brought our smartphone and VR businesses under common leadership in each region.  Today we announced a restructure in North America for the HTC Smartphone business that will centralize the reporting structure within the region. In doing so, there have been some employee reductions to align the businesses and empower the teams to share more resources.

Original post (02/21): HTC‘s smartphone ambitions took another significant hit today as the Taiwanese company laid off a large number of employees from its US arm, reported Digital Trends.

A source close to the matter said anywhere between a few dozen and 100 employees received the pink slip. The exact number is not known, though enough people were laid off that only employees for HTC Global remain in the US office.

HTC confirmed the layoffs with Digital Trends and said it was part of a restructuring in North America for its smartphone business. HTC also confirmed it merged its smartphone and VR businesses in each region, but did not reveal any reasoning behind the decisions.

Android Authority reached out to HTC to re-confirm the moves and will update this post accordingly.

This comes at a bad time for HTC. The company reported poor sales figures for January, with revenues down 15 percent from December 2017 and down 27 percent year-over-year (YoY).

Most recently, HTC president of smartphone and connected devices business Chialin Chang resigned after being with the company for six years. Chang’s successor has not yet been named.

Not all is bad for HTC, as the company still has $1.1 billion in the bank from its deal with Google. It is not clear how HTC will use that massive cash flow to turn things around, however.

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It also does not help that HTC shipped out over 2,000 engineers as part of that deal.

The company’s investments in VR might be its safest bet for the time being, hence the merging of its smartphone and VR divisions. That being said, HTC finds itself in dire straits as it looks to change its fortunes with the upcoming U12 and Desire 12.