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Once mighty HTC sees losses grow as phone sales lose traction

Next quarter will be better, it insists

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has suffered a deeper-than-expected first quarter loss, as its market share continues to slide – with it now standing at around 2 per cent. Despite rave reviews for its flagship smartphones, HTC sales remain modest and in the three months to April 2014 it posted a 22.6 per cent drop in revenues to 33.12 billion Taiwanese dollars (£659 million). But it insists it is likely to return to profit in Q2 following the late-March release of its upgraded flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. In recent months it has also slashed costs dramatically in a bid to bolster its share price which has lost nearly 90 per cent since its April 2011 peak. Continue reading

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Nearly a fifth of Europeans now own an iPhone

Sales of iPhones continue to increase month-on-month, latest figures for the quarter to November 2013 show, with the Apple handsets now accounting for 18.1 per cent of smartphones sold in Europe’s five biggest markets. During October Apple’s share was 15.8 per cent, but the following month increased sharply. According to researchers at Kantar Worldpanel, this was because of high levels of customer satisfaction with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, despite the fact that some analysts thought the cheaper 5C handset might prove to be a flop. Continue reading

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HTC’s One Mini poised to be banned from Britain

Taiwan’s HTC looks set to be banned from selling its One Mini smartphone in Britain by the end of this week following a judge’s ruling that it violated a Nokia patent.
A similar ban could have been imposed over HTC’s entire flagship range of One smartphones, which make up more than two thirds of UK sales, but in London’s High Court an injunction was stayed pending an appeal and given the extent of harm to HTC ahead of the busy Christmas sales period.
HTC has until the end of this week [6th December 2013] to make a similar appeal against a ban on the One Mini phone, which was launched only recently in Britain. Continue reading

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Taiwan’s HTC continues to suffer from investor fears

Shares in phone maker HTC continued to decline in early trading today (9th July 2013), having already plunged 7 per cent yesterday after reporting disappointing profits.
The struggling Taiwanese manufacturer has seen its shares fall to a seven year low and its failure to hit analysts forecasts has seen investors dumping stock. On Friday HTC reported an 83 per cent drop in profit for the second quarter compared to the previous year and, though strong smartphone sales lifted HTC’s second-quarter net profit to 1.25 billion Taiwanese dollars (£27.9 million) from a record low of T$85 million the previous quarter, analysts had hoped for more.
In recent months the company has launched several new smartphones including the HTC One, but it has yet to make any real impact against the likes of Samsung and Apple at the top end of the market, or rival Chinese phone makers at the lower end. Continue reading

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HTC shares at record low as delays hit phone launch

First quarter profits for Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC have slumped to a record low, denting hopes it could reverse its declining fortunes.
The company cited problems in making camera components for its new HTC One device, with the delay pushing back its full launch to the end of this month.
That cost the manufacturer heavily as sales for the period fell to NT$42.8 billion ($1.4 billion), compared to forecasts of NT$50-NT$60 billion. Profits were also down to NT$85 million ($2.85 million). Continue reading

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iPhone no longer the UI leader says On Device

Rating: Actually Motorola RAZR users are happier

Another clear sign that Apple is losing its way and that Android based handsets are winning out has been provided by On Device Research. It has mined data gathered from 320,000 mobile and tablet users across six countries to produce a user satisfaction table taken from 92, 825 mobile users in the USA. The report shows the iPhone coming in fifth place behind four Android based handset. Coming as no surprise to GoMobile News, the Motorola Droid RAZR M took second place behind the Motorola Atrix HD. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Are early HTC handsets just too good?

by James Rosewll, CEO with 51degrees.mobi

During December 2012 in the United States, the HTC Evo 4G contributed 20 per cent of all HTC devices web traffic. What is remarkable about this figure is that the HTC Evo 4G was first released in June 2010 and is 35 months old. The HTC One series of devices were released during 2012 and contributed less than 10 per cent of HTC’s web traffic in the same month. This begs the question, “Are HTC devices released pre 2012 too good to upgrade?” Continue reading

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HTC eyes China as profits set to be wiped out

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has revealed how its Q1 revenues for 2013 could be down 17 per cent and that profits could be wiped out, thanks to overwhelming competition from rivals Samsung and Apple.
The company’s gloomy outlook comes amid plans by HTC to introduce a five-inch flagship in the West, though otherwise it says it intends to focus on emerging markets such as China in the future to reverse the decline. Continue reading

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Facebook shares soar amid rumours of own smartphone launch

Shares in social networking site Facebook hit a six month high yesterday following rumours that Mark Zuckerberg’s company is set to unveil its own smartphone.
Speculation was sparked when Facebook sent out invitations to a special event for next week, encouraging guests to “come and see what we’re building” and reigniting earlier suggestions that it’s about to launch its own branded smartphone, possibly in conjunction with Taiwan’s HTC. Continue reading

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HTC’s profits in shock 90% slump

Fourth quarter plummets to lowest since 2004

Profits for Taiwanese mobile phone maker, HTC, have suffered a massive downturn, Q4 results have revealed, as the company continues to be hit by competition from rivals Apple and Samsung. According to Bloomberg, HTC’s net profit for the period of T$1 billion ($34 million; £21 million) was not only 90 per cent down on the same quarter for 2011, but represented the manufacturer’s smallest quarterly profit since 2004. But with no major products launches during the period to boost sales, losses were not as bad as analysts feared and it’s thought the worst may now be over. Continue reading

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Microsoft eyes Europe to open new stores

Hopes to replicate success of Apple retail outlets

Software giant, Microsoft, has been in secret talks with landlords as part of a new strategy to open flagship stores in Europe as it moves increasingly into smartphones and other mobile devices. Britain is said to be high on the store opening agenda in a move that has parallels with Apple which already has two major retail outlets in Central London. If all goes to plan the first stores will open in 2013, though it’s thought Microsoft will reserve judgement until it has had a chance to assess how its first, recently-opened US outlets are performing. Continue reading

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HTC plays down cost of patents settlement with Apple

Rumours it’s forking out $6 per Android phone dismissed as ‘outrageous’

Media speculation that HTC is paying Apple at least $6 per Android handset, in lieu of a patents settlement, has been dubbed “outrageous” by the Taiwanese phone maker’s CEO. Though the companies have not disclosed details of the settlement or the framework surrounding the licensing agreement, HTC’s chief executive Peter Chou insists the terms will not impact its fourth-quarter guidance. Continue reading

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Rumours point to Windows Phone 7.8 being imminent

Rating: Plus there’s something called Windows Phone 7.x

Well there has been a spurgle of stories about the impending release of Windows 7.8 for those with existing W7 Mango (7.5) smartphones. As we all know now such handsets will not be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8, so we will just have to be content with 7.8. Or will we? One site says there is something called Windows Phone 7.x. The drawback to these stories (for us here at GoMobile Towers at least) is that the main source of the leak is a Chinese site – WinP whilst the secondary source is a German site WParea. So we can’t be 100 per cent sure what exact details have been leaked. However, both sites have anonymously received Windows Presentation slides which appear to have emanated from Nokia itself. Continue reading

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Apple settles all patent disputes with HTC

Rating: Agreement means current litigation between the 2 is dismissed

Is this more than just a co-incidence? How come HTC and Apple have chosen November 11th to end their legal battles. After all, in Europe – at least – today is Armistice Day which the marks the cessation of hostilities between the two side in World War 1. Luckily they didn’t send out the release at 11 am. Anyway the two major handset vendors say they have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. Continue reading

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Microsoft ‘to build own smartphone’ if Nokia and HTC don’t deliver on WP8

Microsoft is secretly planning to make its own smartphone and is already testing one design, according to those in the know at its parts suppliers.
It’s claimed the phone would effectively serve as ‘Plan B’ if key partners such as Finland’s Nokia and Taiwain’s HTC fail to shift sufficient handsets using the Seattle software giant’s new Windows Phone 8 (WP8) OS. Continue reading

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