HTC left far behind Apple in US cellphone market in Q4: survey

TaiwanTAIPEI–A poll among cellphone users in the United States found that Apple Inc. had the largest share of that market in the fourth quarter of last year, way ahead of Android phone makers like South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. and Taiwan’s HTC Corp. The survey, conducted by the Chicago-based Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), indicated that 50 percent of all phones sold in the U.S. during the October-December period last year were iPhones, a slight increase from the previous year when it was 48 percent.

HTC sends out invitation for MWC event this year

TAIPEI — Sparking rumors about the introduction of a new flagship device, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. has sent out invitations to media outlets for an event prior to the March 2-5 Mobile World Congress tech fair to be held in Barcelona, Spain. The invitation, sent on Friday, features a starry sky with the words “Utopia in progress” below HTC’s logo, but it did not say anything about what kind of product will be unveiled on March 1 at the pre-show event.

HTC One M8 named smartphone of 2014 in ePrice poll

TAIPEI–The HTC One M8 has been named the smartphone of 2014 by ePrice after almost 80,000 consumers in Taiwan cast their ballots electronically, the high-tech website said Saturday. The website said the HTC One M8, the flagship model of Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC Corp., garnered 17.7 percent of the votes cast in the online poll between Dec. 29, 2014 and Jan. 11, 2015, beating the Sony Xperia Z3, the flagship model of Japan’s Sony Corp., by 3.2 percentage points.

HTC has China-based Shanghai Huaqin produce the Desire 526G dual sim

HTC has had China-based Shanghai Huaqin Telecom Technology undertake OEM production of its entry-level 3G smartphone, the Desire 526G dual sim, which features a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, according to industry sources in Taiwan. If marketed in Taiwan, the Desire 526G dual sim is likely to become the cheapest smartphone ever introduced by HTC in the local market, the sources estimated.

HTC ties up with Under Armour for product development

HTC will team up with US-based sports gear brand Under Armour (UA) to launch a series of hardware devices that can connect with UA’s sports community platform, UA Record, for access to fitness management and health care applications. The HTC-UA alliance comes as more and more handset vendors are rolling out smart wearable devices that feature fitness and health management functionality.

HTC 4Q14 performance beats guidance

HTC has reported revenues of NT$15.1 billion (US$471.8 million) for December 2014, down 10% sequentially but up 22.1% on year. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 reached NT$47.87 billion, meeting the company’s high-end target of NT$47 billion. EPS for the fourth quarter of 2014 stood at NT$0.57, bringing EPS for all of the year to NT$1.81, reversing from a loss of NT$1.59 recorded a year earlier.

HTC teases its next-gen Desire phone for Vegas

TAIPEI — Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. may be unveiling a new model in its mid-tier Desire series at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, scheduled for Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas. The Taoyuan-based manufacturer published a teaser image on its Sina Weibo microblog on Tuesday that said a press event will take place on Jan. 5 in Las Vegas, along with a tag line that reads “Always Desire more.”

Market share for HTC in US tumbles to 4.1 percent

TAIPEI–HTC Corp.’s share of the United States smartphone market continued to fall in the three months ending in October as the Taiwanese manufacturer struggled through a product transition period. The Taoyuan-based company remained the fifth-largest smartphone vendor in the U.S. with a 4.1 percent share between August and October, representing a decline of 0.6 percentage points from the May-July period, according to a report published Dec. 5 by market research firm comScore Inc.

HTC posts 7% monthly revenue growth for Nov.

TAIPEI — HTC Corp. (宏達電) reported Tuesday a 7 percent monthly increase in its revenue for November, a figure that puts the Taiwanese smartphone maker on track to achieve its fourth-quarter sales target. The Taoyuan-based company’s monthly revenue grew to a five-month high of NT$16.9 billion (US$544 million) in November, from NT$15.8 billion in October.

HTC Unveils Rapid Charger 2.0 with Quick Charging Ability

Following Motorola’s ‘Turbo Charger’, HTC Corporation has announced a new charger with quick charging ability. Based on a 15W USB wall charger unit, this charger can charge up quicker than any available normal charger. While the Rapid charger 2.0 can charge any micro USB based device, a few models will get the benefit of its quick charging ability. According to the manfacturer, the HTC One M8 , HTC One E8, HTC One Remix and HTC Desire Eye will currently support this quick charging ability and many future devices will follow.

HTC, Google unveil Nexus 9 tablet with Android Lollipop OS

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s HTC Corp. (宏達電) unveiled the Nexus 9 tablet computer in the United States Wednesday, the first tablet running on Google Inc.’s latest Android 5.0 operating system, codenamed Lollipop. The 8.9-inch tablet sports a Nvidia Tegra K1 64 bit 2.3GHz dual-core processor, a 2K screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.6-megapixel front camera and HTC’s signature BoomSound dual front-facing speakers.

Google’s Nexus 9 to be Allegedly Unveiled in the Following Week

Tech news blog Bright Side of News said that pre-orders of the HTC-built Nexus 9 would begin Wednesday, with the device to be released on Nov. 3. The Nexus 9 would include Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip and would retail for $399, according to anonymous sources. On the other hand, Focus Taiwan, a Taiwan-based news channel, reported Wednesday that HTC executive Jack Tong said in a press briefing in New York that the device is anticipated to be sold by the end of the year in Taiwan.

Android smartphone vendors speeding up migration to 64-bit architecture, from Taiwan

With Google planning to release its Android L OS soon, which supports 64-bit processors, Android-based smartphone vendors will speed up their migration to the 64-bit architecture, making 64-bit CPUs mainstream technology for smartphones in the second half of 2015, according to industry sources. Qualcomm has led rival suppliers to release its 64-bit-enabled Snapdragon 610/614/410 chips, which have won design-ins from China-based Lenovo, K-Touch, Huawei and Vivo as well as Taiwan-based HTC, said the sources.

HTC confident of grabbing 10 per cent market share in India by 2015

NEW DELHI: Smartphone maker HTC is confident of attaining 10 per cent market share in India by 2015 in terms of volume.  “Our internal estimate shows that HTC sales volume in India has tripled. As per our assessment, we now have 5 per cent market share. It will reach 7 per cent in fourth quarter and comfortably 10 per cent in 2015,” HTC Chief Financial Officer and President of Global Sales Chiang-Lin Chang told PTI in an interview.

HTC to launch GoPro alternative

At an event this Oct 8, the Taiwanese manufacturer will announce several new products, one of which is expected to be its very first mini action camcorder. Earlier rumours on the subject are now supported by a new video uploaded by HTC to YouTube and a new dedicated website.  “Something remarkable is coming,” says the tagline in HTC’s teaser for the mystery item it is preparing to launch this fall.

HTC is the top domestic smartphone vendor, again

TAIPEI — HTC Corp.() ranked as the top smartphone seller in the domestic market for the fourth consecutive month in August, according to statistics released by industry sources on Tuesday. A total of 687,000 smartphones were sold in Taiwan in August, down 3.5 percent from a month earlier, and HTC grabbed a 22-percent share of the total, the figures showed. Taiwan PC vendor Asustek Computer Inc., with a 16 percent share, and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co., with 15 percent share, followed behind HTC in the rankings.

HTC Desire 820 with 64-bit Snapdragon Octa-Core CPU Tipped to Debut in India Next Week: Report

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is reportedly planning to launch the 64 bit processor-powered mid-range handset Desire 820 in India this month. The company has begun sending out the invites to the select media houses for a launch event on 23 September in New Delhi. Though there is no mention of the significance of the occasion in the invitation, NDTV sources believe HTC is likely to launch the Desire 820 in India.

China Mobile chairman visits HTC

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China Mobile Ltd. Chairman Xi Guohua (奚國華) visited the headquarters of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. (宏達電) Thursday as part of a business trip to seek further cooperation in fourth-generation (4G) and more advanced wireless technology. Xi arrived at HTC’s headquarters in New Taipei City’s Xindian District and was welcomed by HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang (王雪紅) and HTC Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou (周永明).

HTC knocks Samsung from top of local smartphone market in Q2

TAIPEI — Taiwan-based HTC Corp. edged out Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea to return to being Taiwan’s largest smartphone manufacturer based upon units in the second quarter of this year, according to data released by research house IDC. HTC took first place because of sales of its flagship One M8 and mid-tier Desire 816, while Samsung continued to benefit from the popularity of its high-end Note series, IDC said in a Sept. 12 report.

HTC unveils HTC Desire 820; to market in China first

HTC has announced the new mid-range HTC Desire 820, the successor to its popular HTC Desire 816, at the on-going IFA 2014. The Desire 820 sports a Qualcomm 64-bit, 8-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 5.5-inch 720p display, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 8-megapixel front-end camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2,600mAh battery.