It's official, the smartphone with a baker's dozen syllables -- otherwise known as the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE -- is headed for Big Red, Verizon Wireless revealed today at the International CTIA Wireless 2012 show in New Orleans, Louisiana. HTC's Droid Incredible 4G LTE will bring the number of 4G LTE-enabled devices on VZW's network to 23, but high-speed Internet access isn't the only thing this smartphone brings to the table.
HTC was once the life of the party in the Android camp. By jumping on the open source train early on, HTC rode off into the sunset in a position seemingly more lucrative than being in the business of printing money. And now? Well, for HTC's sake, let's hope the first quarter of 2012 isn't a sign of things to come. Amid increasing competition from Apple and Samsung, HTC on Tuesday reported a 70 percent decline in first quarter profit. For those of you keeping count, it's the second consecutive time HTC posted a sequential drop.
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.