HTC replaces CEO with Chairwoman in strategic shift

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has concentrated all senior executive power in the hands of one person – Chairwoman and co-founder Cher Wang – after stripping Peter Chou of CEO responsibilities. The clear implication is that the Board thought Chou had taken the company as far as he could and it was time for a new direction.

Samsung most talked about at MWC 2015, Apple second – report

A digital brand intelligence report has revealed the launch of the Galaxy S6 saw Samsung become the most talked about brand at Mobile World Congress. When considering social media discussions, reports, news coverage, mobile views and more, the Korean tech giant dominated coverage of this year’s show in Barcelona – according to digital marketing tech firm Amobee Brand Intelligence.

HTC opts for continuity with the One M9

At a lavish launch event on the eve of Mobile World Congress 2015, HTC unveiled its flagship smartphone launch for the year in the form of the HTC One M9.

Amazon in Fire sale, other smartphone vendors feeling the heat

Amazon has taken another hit on its faltering Fire phone, by conceding a second price slash on its first smartphone offering. The online retailer has now listed the phone for $199.00 unlocked, which also includes a full year of its Prime service worth $99.

HTC flagship smartphone focuses on good looks

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has launched a flagship smartphone, the One M8, focusing on the build quality and user experience of the device in an attempt to distinguish the handset from rivals.

HTC aims to span pricing tiers

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is refocusing on providing devices across more price tiers and will strive to improve its marketing efforts, the company told as it seeks to turn its fortunes around.

HTC posts operating loss for 4Q13

Taiwanese handset maker HTC has announced an unaudited operating loss of NT$1.56bn (US$51.9m) and net profit after tax of NT$0.31bn for 4Q13, missing analyst expectations. The firm’s total revenues reached NT$42.89bn during the quarter.

HTC posts first ever quarterly loss

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has posted its first ever quarterly loss. The firm made a net loss before tax of NT$2.97bn ($100m) for 3Q13. Revenue stood at NT$47.05bn.

HTC to slash US workforce

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has announced that it will reduce its US workforce as it looks to “streamline and optimise” its operations. The cuts will affect around 30 employees, represent around 20 per cent of HTC’s 150-strong workforce.

HTC warns of quarterly loss

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has warned that it is expecting to make a loss in 3Q13. It said in a statement that operating margin for the forthcoming quarter is expected to be in the range of zero per cent to negative eight per cent.

Nokia nabs HTC’s Seiche

Device vendor Nokia has poached Taiwanese rival HTC’s EMEA president Florian Seiche. Seiche will head the Finnish firm’s European sales team from June 15, while HTC will replace him with EMEA VP product and operations Phil Blair.

HTC aims to bounce back with One

In a bid to reclaim its standing in the smartphone market, Taiwanese handset maker HTC has launched the HTC One; its flagship Android smartphone.

HTC launches Windows Phone 8 duo

As it continues its aggressive push in the smartphone space, Microsoft has announced two Windows Phone 8 handsets designed by Taiwanese vendor HTC. The HTC Windows Phone 8X is the premium handset of the two, with a 4.3in HD screen and a Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It has 1GB RAM, 16GB storage space and comes with an 8-megapixel camera.

Cloud gaming platform OnLive reboots struggling model

The saga of handset vendor HTC’s poor investment choices took another turn Tuesday, when it emerged that cloud gaming service OnLive, which HTC has just chalked a hit of $40m up to, is in a worse state than previously thought. The company has just shed half of its staff and its stock has been acquired by a mysterious private investor, thought to be one of the original investors who backed the startup in 2009.

HTC losing money on investments but still spending

Disruptive Taiwanese device manufacturer HTC said this week it expects to chalk up a loss of $40m through the investment it made in cloud-based gaming platform OnLive, which it bought into in early 2011.

Microsoft debuts Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has unveiled its latest operating system for mobile handsets, Windows Phone 8. The announcement was made in the same week as the firm launched its Surface tablet device, which runs on the Windows 8 operating system for PCs and tablets.

HTC takes leave of Sense

Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has revealed that it is shutting down, the handset firm’s portal that enables users to sync their contacts, messages, footprints and call history. The firm has given users until April 30 to download their data, before it is deleted and no longer accessible.

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