It really wasn't all that long ago when HTC was on top of the world. HTC was the goose that only laid golden eggs, again and again and again. And now? Competition in the Android market is fierce, more than ever before, with the likes of Samsung and Motorola throwing their weight around. As a result, HTC saw its net profit slide 70 percent during the company's first fiscal quarter of the new year.
Do you own a Droid Incredible 2 by HTC? If so, you can expect a future update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). The same applies to the HTC Amaze 4G, Desire S, Desire HD, and a dozen other smartphones HTC has confirmed will be upgraded to ICS. Unfortunately, HTC didn't provide specific dates for any of the planned upgrades, so you'll have to settle for warm fuzzies from simply knowing your device is the list.
HTC unveiled its 2012 Smartphone strategy at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and the message was loud and clear. The EVO 4G, Sensation and many other devices did amazingly well in the market last year, but this scattershot approach failed to create the type of brand recognition Samsung has come to enjoy with the Galaxy S or, yes you know we have to say it, Apple and the iPhone. This year they plan to focus marketing efforts on a single lineup called the HTC One, which ironically enough, will ship in three variations.
Hit the jump for everything you need to know about the new lineup.
The Windows Phone team has been keeping the Champaign on ice for months now waiting for a reason to celebrate, and that moment may have finally arrived. According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, Nokia has surged pasted HTC and Samsung to become the single largest manufacturer of Windows Phone devices. This is pretty impressive when you consider that the Lumia lineup is only just now hitting the market in full force, and already accounts for 33 percent of all Windows Phone handsets sold.
As it searches for a way to turn its fortunes around, struggling phone maker HTC is reportedly investigating the possibility of launching its own music streaming service. The client would be built into the default music app on all of HTC’s Android devices, and possibly as an add-on for Windows Phone. The company is, as expected, cagey about answering any questions at this point.
Long before legislation was dominating the headlines, the Carrier IQ controversy raised the hackles of tech geeks and privacy advocates around the world. Even though the software didn’t turn out to be quite as nefarious as was originally reported, carriers and manufacturers still started distancing themselves from the tracking and diagnostic software. Along those lines, HTC is starting to roll out updates designed to scrub Carrier IQ off of its Sprint phones, starting with the HTC EVO 3D.
If it weren't for HTC, who knows what the Android market would look like today. HTC almost single-handedly turned Google's Android platform into what seemed like an overnight success, only it was overnight. Back in February 2009, HTC was the mobile device maker blitzing the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with a bevy of Android devices, and HTC's gamble into what would become a hugely popular operating system paid off big time. Record profits would follow, so the fact that HTC's numbers in the fourth quarter of 2011 weren't quite as explosive as previous quarters is not reason to panict. Let's look at the figures.
It’s been over a year since Apple began its legal battle against Android in general, and HTC in particular. After a long review of the evidence, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled in favor of Apple and banned HTC from importing or selling its devices in the U.S.. The ban is not immediate, but come April 19, 2012, HTC could be in for some pain.
Praise tech Jesus, webOS still has a pulse! The mobile OS seemingly doomed to a cold eternity in a digital graveyard has been granted an open source reprieve. Great! Only question is, what comes next?
Obviously webOS is a platform built for smartphones and tablets, but HP making it open source means people can find some weird uses for the little OS that could. How would webOS be best put to use? We already know we'll probably see another tablet from HP. They've conceded that much and we like that. A lot. But we've got some other ideas for how webOS could be used.
Have you heard about that nasty little bit of software called Carrier IQ? A security researcher by the name of Trevor Eckhart discovered the mysterious software running on his Android phone earlier this month, dug deeper into things, and found Carrier IQ, a monitoring program that comes preinstalled on several phones, tracks all kinds of data – including HTTP requests, GPS location and app usage information – and in many cases, can’t be turned off. Millions of phones are affected. Carrier IQ’s been found on phones from Samsung, HTC and Apple– but wireless carriers could be the real force behind the rootkit-like software.