Founded in 1997, HTC Corp originally made notebook computers, but entered the smartphone market, and at one point in 2011 it was the largest smartphone seller in the US, holding 24 per cent, compared to Samsung’s 21 per cent and Apple (20 per cent), but its market share has subsequently fallen sharply.

‘Superphone’ not the One to lift earnings hope for HTC

HTC's One handsets, though technically solid, fail to recoup research and marketing costs because of competition and the shorter lifespan of new devices. Photo: Bloomberg

HTC reported a 93 per cent surge in revenue in 2010, said last month that it expected zero profit or a loss of up to 8 per cent by the end of next month.

Friday, 23 August, 2013, 5:33am

Can smartphone visionary engineer HTC’s second coming?

Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr stars in an advertising campaign intended to reconnect HTC with the market. Photo: EPA

Now in his tenth year as chief executive of HTC Corp, Peter Chou is lauded as the architect of the Taiwanese firm’s award-winning smartphones.

But as the company’s fortunes have dived, some insiders say he’s now an obstacle to any revival.

21 Aug 2013 - 3:09pm 1 comment

Security experts to test phone anti-theft locks

Smartphone theft is so common that New York have coined the practice ‘Apple-picking’. Photo: AFP

The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York say they are bringing in state and federal security experts to test the newest anti-theft features designed to thwart the surge of stolen smartphones nationwide.

19 Jul 2013 - 1:40pm

Nokia’s halting turnaround hit by weak handset sales

Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop is pinning his hope on smartphones running Microsoft’s untested Windows Phone software. Photo: Reuters

Weak quarterly sales of Nokia smartphones raised the heat on chief executive Stephen Elop, whose decision to adopt Microsoft’s untested Windows Phone software has yet to deliver the recovery in the company’s fortunes he was hired to achieve.

19 Jul 2013 - 1:23pm

AP reviews new smartphones: Android, iOS and more

Released last September, the iPhone 5 is getting old, but an update isn’t expected until later this year. Photo: Reuters

AP reviews new smartphones: Android, iOS and more

New phones are continually coming out. Which should you buy? Here’s a summary of The Associated Press’ recent phone reviews, including the latest on Google phones running a pure version of Android.






3 Jul 2013 - 11:10am

Review: Price for simplicity in new Google phones

A starkly simple version of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Photo: AP

Two new Android phones will look and sound familiar to those who have been paying attention to phones. That’s because these two devices are replicas of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC’s One, except they lack most of the bells and whistles added to the original models.

And that’s a good thing.

3 Jul 2013 - 11:00am

Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U: How the top consoles compare

Kinect group program manager Scott Evans (right) demonstrates the latest Kinect sensor for the Xbox One this week. Photo: Reuters

Microsoft is the last of the three big video game console makers to unveil its latest gaming system. Tuesday’s unveiling comes nearly eight years after the Xbox 360 went on sale. It follows last fall’s debut of Nintendo’s Wii U and a preview in February of the upcoming PlayStation 4 from Sony.

23 May 2013 - 4:05pm

Taiwan's HTC looks to new handset designs to exit slump

Some of HTC's new devices will include cameras for low indoor lighting and come in metal casing instead of the usual plastic. Photo: AFP

The designer of models such as the Butterfly and the One is developing new smartphones at mid-range prices to stand out in a thickening crowd of competitors, industry experts say.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

German court dismisses two Nokia patent infringement claims against HTC

A German court had dismissed two patent infringement complaints brought against HTC by Nokia.

Taiwan's top smartphone maker HTC said yesterday that a German court had dismissed two patent infringement complaints brought against it by Finnish phone giant Nokia.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Struggling HTC gets ready to ring in changes in 2013

HTC hopes its efforts to tackle various problems will give the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer the momentum the company needs to improve results. Photo: AFP

HTC, known for its mid-priced Android-based smartphones, posted operating income of just 1 per cent of sales in the fourth quarter, capping a tough year.

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am

Photo of North's Kim Jong-un with smartphone spurs speculation

A black smartphone lies beside documents on the table in front of Kim Jong-un. It’s believed to be an HTC. Photo: AFP

The photo released by the North's state media showed Kim presiding over a meeting with top national security advisers last week - a meeting believed to have been focused on Pyongyang's threat to conduct an imminent nuclear test.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:19am

Kim Jong-un's mystery smartphone likely HTC

A smartphone is shown next to Kim Jong-un as he presided over a meeting with top national security advisers last week. Photo: AFP

A picture of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un with a smartphone has triggered fevered speculation about which brand is favoured by the leader of one of the world’s most repressive nations.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

HTC expects revenue to shrink further

HTC hopes to bring some cheer back to the company with a new smartphone to be launched later this month. Photo: AFP

HTC has forecast its sixth consecutive decline in quarterly sales as the Taiwanese smartphone maker faces a loss of market share to mainland rivals.

5 Feb 2013 - 5:14am

HTC launches assault on Myanmar’s mobile market

HTC CEO Peter Chou holds one of his devices sporting a new Myanmar font ahead of Monday's launch of the product in Yangon. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan’s leading smartphone maker HTC opened its first store in Myanmar on Monday, seeking a foothold in one of Asia’s last remaining untapped markets.

The shop was inaugurated in Yangon by HTC chief executive fficer Peter Chou, an ethnic Chinese who was born and raised in the Southeast Asian country, company officials said.

14 Jan 2013 - 2:42pm

Briefs, January 8, 2013

Investment in NBA China begins to pay off

AirAsia founders plan to list insurance firm

8 Jan 2013 - 4:21am