Absent from the CTIA Wireless 2013 conference here this week were the big, company-sponsored product unveilings or parties (or combination thereof) that used to dominate this show. In fact, many big-name companies, including Samsung Electronics, BlackBerry ( NASDAQ:BBRY ), HTC, LG Electronics, Nokia ( NYSE:NOK ) and others did not send their mobile executives to the show.
LAS VEGAS--The troubles for HTC continue as the company acknowledged that its chief product officer has left the company, the most high-profile departure in a stream of executives and employees who have left recently.
Nearly one-third of U.S smartphone sales in the first quarter were on prepaid carriers, the highest on record, according to a report from the NPD Group. The statistic is another indication of prepaid's growing momentum in the smartphone market.
One of the biggest announcements at Google I/O is likely to be the introduction of the long-awaited Google X Phone, rumored to be manufactured by Motorola Mobility and scheduled to launch in the second half of 2013. How could the Google X Phone affect Google's relationship with leading Android smartphone makers?
Apple and Samsung Electronics once again gobbled up all of the operating profits in the global smartphone industry in the first quarter, according to a new report from investment research firm Canaccord Genuity, as has been the case the past several quarters.
HTC executives sidled past the company's record-low profit for the first quarter and instead looked ahead to the future, predicting sales will rise almost two-thirds sequentially in the second quarter thanks to sales of the company's new flagship smartphone, the One.
HTC's flagship One smartphone, which the company is counting on to boost sales, launched today via AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and will soon be available from T-Mobile USA. HTC's market share in the United States has been under assault in the past year from both Samsung Electronics and Apple, and the One launch comes just days ahead of Samsung's U.S. launch of its own flagship, the Galaxy S4.
As expected, Samsung Electronics is bringing its flagship Galaxy S4 to a bevy of U.S. carriers--and the operators are tripping over themselves to offer deals tied to the phone in an attempt to boost sales.
To some developers, the announcement of Facebook Home could be the beginning of new opportunities to create apps that work with one of the world's most popular social services. For others, the competition on Android just got more intense.
HTC's net profit in the first quarter plunged as the company's earnings took a hit because of launch delays for the One, HTC's flagship smartphone around which it is basing its 2013 turnaround strategy.