Facebook is reportedly teaming with manufacturer HTC on a new social networking-themed smartphone that pre-installs a number of popular Facebook applications.
HTC is searching for a comeback. After selling 43.2 million phones in 2011, according to research firm Gartner, HTC saw sales slide in 2012 down to 32.1 million units amid intense competition from the likes of Samsung Electronics and Apple at the high end and Huawei and ZTE at the lower end of the market. FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein talked with Jason Mackenzie, HTC's global president of sales, about the company's brand, the software features of the One and how the company can get its smartphone swagger back.
The numbers are in, and it's time to make sense of the data. ABI Research's Michael Morgan analyzes the world's 12 largest branded cell phone makers in the fourth quarter of 2012, providing sales data as well as insight into their strategy and competitive position in the market.
Were LG, HTC and others wrong to pursue 3D smartphone technology in the first place? I don't think so, but I do think that the strategy was poorly conceived.
HTC reported that its February sales plunged 44 percent from the year-ago period, down to around $381.7 million, as the company awaits the launch of its new One smartphone, which it hopes will help reinvigorate sales. The weak showing is also an indication that the smartphone maker's emphasis on Microsoft's Windows Phone in the fourth quarter and into the early part of 2013 has done little to help stanch the company's bleeding.
Apple has met with audio technology firm Beats Electronics to explore a potential partnership involving Beats' forthcoming Daisy music streaming service, Reuters reports.
BARCELONA, Spain-- Last year at Mobile World Congress I wrote that smartphone and table vendors "need to offer truly differentiated services and not just me-too hardware." A year later I can report that OEMs have made progress but I think there is much more work to be done.
HTC can break out of its sales slump and rank behind Samsung Electronics and Apple as No. 3 in terms of smartphone sales if it executes on an aggressive new marketing strategy for its flagship HTC One smartphone, according to a senior HTC executive.
HTC unveiled its long-rumored new flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One, as it mounts a comeback based on a new user interface, a news hub for the home screen and enhanced camera and sound capabilities. AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA will be among the company's U.S. carrier partners, but Verizon Wireless is noticeably absent.
AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA will launch HTC's forthcoming flagship Android smartphone, codenamed the M7, according to the blog HTC Source , as the Taiwanese smartphone maker seeks to breathe life back into its business, especially in the U.S. market.