By Lisa Johnston
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Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint is finally jumping on the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon with the planned summertime launches of its first two Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the HTC 8XT at $99 and Samsung Ativ S Neo at $149.
The carrier said it will announce precise availability dates and a full feature list for both 4G LTE smartphones at a later date.
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Taoyuan, Taiwan — HTC COO Matthew Costello left the company after three years on the job and after five consecutive quarters of revenues that declined at double-digit percentage rates, the company confirmed.
Fred Liu, president of engineering and operations, took on Costello’s responsibilities.
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. – Google announced its second planned Google Edition phone in as many weeks.
An unlocked Google Edition of HTC's flagship One smartphone will be available at $599 on June 26 through the Google Play store, the company announced here at the AllThingsD conference.
Taoyuan, Taiwan – HTC’s net profits fell at a double-digit rate for the sixth consecutive quarter in the company’s 2013 fiscal first quarter, when net profits after taxes fell 98 percent to NT$85.1 million ($2.88 million).
Net profits also fell on a sequential basis from the fourth-quarter’s NT$1 billion ($33.8 million).
Bellevue, Wash. – HTC hopes to begin rolling in the dough again as it begins the delayed roll out of its flagship HTC One Android smartphone.
The HTC One became available online and in retail stores nationwide at AT&T, Sprint, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, Costco, Car Toys, Sam’s Club, HSN.com and HTC.com.
Taoyuan, Taiwan — Revenues at smartphone market HTC continued to decline in March and for the first quarter at double-digit percentage rates following a full-year double-digit decline in fiscal 2012.
The quarter marks the fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage declines in revenue.
For the quarter, sales were off 36.9 percent to NT$42.8 billion ($1.43 billion).
Bellevue, Wash. – HTC launched a national promotion campaign that puts the flagship HTC One smartphone phone into the hands of consumers in 11 major markets to compare against their own phone.
The HTC One Live Experience Tour will be accompanied by a national advertising campaign that positions the phone as “Everything your phone isn’t” and will include a “heavy rotation” in national TV, print, digital media and mobile advertising, the company said. Digital ads include ads in Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and Vevo.
New York — Facebook unveiled a downloadable app that will replace the home and lock screen of Android smartphones and tablets, bring Facebook content to the front of the screen, and deliver a Facebook-centric way of interacting with the phone’s other apps and features.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint announced plans to offer HTC’s flagship One smartphone on April 19, joining AT&T on that day in making the device available to consumers.
Sprint priced the LTE-equipped Android 4.1 One at $199 for the 32GB version in either black or silver.
HTC is banking on the success of the One to reverse its sales slide.
Bellevue, Wash. – HTC acknowledged delays in shipping its HTC One flagship smartphone, saying the phone will be available before the end of April in the U.S.
The One is seen as a key to turning around the company’s shrinking sales.