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New York – HTC is delaying shipments of its new flagship smartphone, seen as a key to turning around the company’s shrinking sales.
In February, HTC promised sales would begin in March through more than 185 carriers in more than 80 countries, including the U.S., but a published report contends the handset will ship only in some markets in March, followed by more in April.
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Taoyuan, Taiwan – Revenues at smartphone market HTC continued to decline in January and February following double-digit sales declines in fiscal 2012.
January sales fell 6.5 percent compared with the year-ago month to NT$15.5 billion ($522.8 million), followed by a February year-over-year decline of 44 percent to NT$11.4 billion ($384.5 million).
For the year to date, revenues are off 27 percent to NT$26.9 billion ($907.3 million).
New York — Best Buy plans to put a major promotional effort behind the launch of the HTC One smartphone.
This will be part of a greater investment in mobile-phone advertising and promotion during the next 12 months, said Allister Jones, head of marketing for Best Buy’s connectivity business group.
Best Buy will be the smartphone’s exclusive indirect-channel launch partner.
New York — Smartphone maker HTC promises its largest rollout ever when its premium One Android phone, touted by HTC Americas president Mike Woodward as “the best phone ever made,” goes on sale beginning in March in more than 80 countries, including the U.S.
The 4G LTE Android 4.1 phone does not reflect “just another set of incremental improvements,” added HTC president Jason MacKenzie during a press conference, here.
Taoyuan, Taiwan – HTC posted double-digit percentage declines in sales, operating profits and net profits in the fourth quarter and full fiscal 2012.
During the quarter, net profits fell at a double-digit percentage rate for the fifth consecutive quarter, and revenues fell at a double-digit rate for the fourth consecutive quarter.
Taipei, Taiwan – Struggling smartphone maker HTC will replace its chief marketing officer in January with telecom executive Benjamin Ho, who will report directly to CEO Peter Chou.
Ho, who replaces John Wang, will be responsible for worldwide marketing and branding to lead the company “into its next phase of brand marketing and awareness,” the company said.
In another change, Jason Mackenzie, HTC’s current president of global sales and marketing, will focus on HTC's global sales strategy, the company said.
New York – HTC is out to challenge the iPhone with the launch of the Verizon-network Droid DNA, which offers more display resolution than any other smartphone in the U.S.
The Android 4.1.1 device, available Nov. 21 at $199, features a 5-inch display boasting 440 pixels per inch (ppi) for the highest pixel density available on any U.S. smartphone, Verizon said. The 4G LTE phone is also the first smartphone in the U.S. to sport a 1080p display.
The iPhone 5’s 4-inch display delivers 326 ppi and 1,136 by 640 resolution.
Dallas – AT&T announced pricing and availability of two more 4G LTE Android smartphones, both made by HTC and one sporting a quad-core 1.7GHz processor with battery-saving fifth core.
The quad-core phone, the HTC One X+, offers the fastest processor announced in a smartphone to date and uses the 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 4-Plus-1 processor with a battery-saving fifth core, AT&T said. The Android 4.1 JellyBean phone will also be the first smartphone in the U.S. to feature HTC Sense 4+ user interface to deliver performance improvements, the carrier said.
Taoyuan, Taiwan – HTC and Apple said they settled all their Android-related patent disputes around the world and have entered into a 10-year cross-licensing agreement for current and future patents.
The companies dropped all their current lawsuits against each other. The companies declined to disclose additional details.
"HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation," said HTC CEO Peter Chou.
Taoyuan, Taiwan – HTC’s revenue and net profit fell for the fourth consecutive quarter on a year-over-year basis in the third quarter ending September.
It fell at a higher
percentage decline rate than in the previous three quarters, the company’s financial report shows.
The company nonetheless continued to post a net profit after taxes. Net profit came to NT$3.9 billion, down 79 percent, on a revenue decline of 48 percent to NT$70.2 billion.