NEW DELHI: Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is preparing to launch a handset made for India in the third quarter of this fiscal, even as it considers manufacturing mobile phones in the country, underlining the importance of the high-growth market which is becoming a priority for global brands such as Xiaomi and Samsung. “We have a third-quarter plan for our global launch in India to introduce a device which is especially designed for the Indian consumer,” Chia-Lin Chang, president of g ..
NEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi surpassed global smartphone giants Samsung and Apple in terms of market share to become India’s top 4G handset seller in January this year, CyberMedia Research said on March 17. Earlier this month, the market research firm had said that the iPhone maker emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country in October-December 2014. As per the latest CyberMedia Research (CMR) data, Xiaomi leads the 4G LTE device market with 30.8% market share in January followed by Apple (23.8%), Samsung (12.1%), HTC (10%) and Micromax (8.3%).
HTC has unveiled its new flagship smartphone the HTC One M9 along with its first smart sports bracelet the HTC Grip and a VR (virtual reality) device the HTC Vive during a pre-MWC 2015 event. The HTC One M9 is comparable with its predecessor the HTC One M8 in terms of design and hardware specifications, although the CPU and memory parts of the new flagship model have received upgrades.
HTC is preparing to launch its 2015 flagship smartphone at the Mobile World Congress on March 1. And like last year, photo leaks arrived a few days before the announcement. It looks like the HTC One M9 design will remain identical to the HTC One (M8) with a metallic unibody in silver, black or gold. The major difference this year is the camera will be a square black lens rather than a circular transparent lens from last year.
TAIPEI–Chinese smartphone brands gained higher consumer loyalty in their domestic market in 2014 at the expense of international vendors, including Apple Inc. and Taiwan’s HTC Corp. (宏達電), according to a research report. Although Apple still had greater brand loyalty than its Chinese competitors in 2014, the iPhone maker saw a decline in its brand loyalty in China last year, Taipei-based research firm TrendForce Corp. said in a Feb. 9 report.
Although Sony Mobile Communications, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility and Asustek Computer have launched Android Wear-based smartwatches, Samsung Electronics, HTC and some China-based makers are likely to release comparable models running on their own platforms initially, according to industry sources.
HTC expects its revenues to drop 6-13% sequentially to NT$41.5-45 billion (US$1.31-1.42 billion) for the first quarter of 2015. On an annual term, the revenues will be up 25-36% from a year earlier. The company also expects its first-quarter gross margin to stand at 19.5-20% compared to 20.4% a quarter earlier, and net profit to dip to NT$0.08-0.47 per share from NT$0.57 in the previous quarter.
TAIPEI–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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.