Rating: Used to rely on Microsoft
HTC experienced a sharp fall in its quarterly profits. The Taiwanese handset manufacturer missed analysts’ expectations with its Third Quarter results. For the quarter ending September 30th , the company posted a net profit of T$3.9 billion ($133 million/£82.4 million). This was 79 per cent down from the T$18.7 ($638 million/ £399 million) which it posted in Q3 2011.The City had been expecting something closer to T$4.4 billion ($150 million/£94 million).
HTC’s revenues Q3 revenues had fallen by 23 per cent to T$70.2 billion ($2.39 billion/£1.49 billion).
Analysts continue to blame the results of HTC’s Android smartphones against Android smartphones such as the Galaxy III from Samsung.
Plus the fact that Apple continues to do well with its iPhone range including the latest iPhone 5.
Historically, however, HTC was the premier manufacturer of Microsoft based smartphones. Isn’t this a warning to Nokia of what is going to happen to a smartphone supplier which placed undue reliance on Microsoft?
At least HTC has had the sense to make Android devices as well as Windows ones, though.
David Evans is on holiday.