HTC was planning on a big year with the One Series, but so far things aren’t looking good. They just reported 2nd quarter results and revenue came in a NT$91.0 billion ($3.04 billion), which is down 57.8% from last year. As far as net profit goes, they came in at NT$7.4 billion ($247.7 million), which is down 42.2% over last year.
HTC is blaming their performance on European sales falling short and the U.S. customs delay that took place in May. This is really bad news as I thought that HTC turned the corner with what I think is the best phone available in the One X. For now, it seems Samsung can’t do anything wrong and it will be tough for HTC and other Android manufacturers to put a dent in their market share.
I’m calling it the phone that could’ve been. The DROID Incredible 4G LTE is the third version of the Incredible series, but for whatever reason Verizon didn’t want to make this a flagship DROID device. Sprint, on the other hand, knew that the third installment of the EVO line needed to be a major player, and that’s why they chose the HTC One X as the basis. Verizon took a different approach and went with the HTC One S as the basis, but left out the ImageSense camera chip. On the flip side, they did allow for a removable battery and an available microSD slot for expanded storage. This phone isn’t part of the One Series, and it doesn’t feel like anything close with it’s 11.7mm thick frame, as opposed to 7.8mm for the One S and 8.9mm for the One X.
The specs are similar to the One S and include a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 8GB of storage, microSD slot for an additional 32GB of storage, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G LTE, Android 4.0.3, and Sense 4.0. The price is $149, which is competitive for Verizon Wireless, but one has to wonder if spending $50 more and getting the Samsung Galaxy S III would be the wiser choice.
Look for our full review soon, but for now check out our initial hands on after the break.
Sure Apple has recently seen its fair share of legal victories, but it’s just been dealt a major blow— courtesy of the U.K. courts. Judge Christopher Floyd recently ruled that HTC is not in violation of four Apple patents used for its touchscreen technology, which includes Apple’s slide to unlock feature. In addition, not only does HTC not infringe on Apple’s patents, but three of the four patents identified are actually invalid. The court only ruled that while Apple’s photo-management patent is valid, HTC didn’t infringe upon it.
While this is a significant victory for HTC, this is perhaps far from over. After all before his death, Steve Jobs did pledge Apple will “destroy Android” because ummmm you know… it was a stolen product and all.
We’ve already seen leaks of the white HTC Evo 4G LTE for Sprint, and now we get another peek that gives us a possible release date, courtesy of the sources at TechnoBuffalo. The screenshot above reveals the date for the release of the white Evo LTE as July 15th. That’s less than two weeks away. White’s not my thing, but for those who are partial, the waiting is almost over.
Another interesting thing we learn from this screenshot is that the Samsung Epic 4G Touch will be getting a buy one get one free promotion that looks to run between July 15th and August 18th. This is last year’s Galaxy S II device for Sprint that comes with a dual-core Exynos processor and should be getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich soon. Not a bad deal for anyone looking for great phones on a budget.
Remember when the HTC EVO 4G LTE launch was delayed because it was held up at customs thanks to Apple? It wasn’t just the EVO 4G LTE with issues as Apple claims other phones, including the One X, infringed on a patent order issued in December. After a short delay, the phones were accepted in the U.S., but as expected Apple is fighting back. Apparently they made an emergency request to have HTC phones denied at the U.S. border. Thankfully the U.S. International Trade Commission denied that request.
The patent in question was related to a pop up that appears when clicking on certain links. For example, if you click on an email address, a pop up would appear letting you choose if you want to send it via Gmail, the stock Email application, or some other email application you might have installed on your device. Back in December it was found that HTC violated this infringement and was issued an order to fix it. The interesting thing is they did fix it as you can see in our previous post. Apple is still not pleased and continues to try to block sales of HTC products here in the U.S.
I seriously don’t get it. Why does Apple continue to stoop to these levels? Eventually the mainstream press has to start looking at Apple in a more negative light.
The study survey which was conducted by comScore MobiLens during Q1 of 2012 of more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers found that Samsung is the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.7 percent market share. Google’s Android OS continued to grow its share in the U.S. smartphone market, accounting for 50.9 percent of smartphone subscribers, while Apple captured 31.9 percent. Android continues to gain ground on everyone and is continuing on widening the gap from Apple. I can only see this number rising as this doesn’t even account the behemoth sales that the Samsung Galaxy S III will account for this year. What do you all think of Google’s clear dominance in the smartphone market? Do you think they can continue to hold and widen the lead or will W7 and iOS eventually catch up?
Full press release after the break:
The Android faithful may be licking their lips at the prospect of an incoming Jelly Bean update however it’s easy to forget the fact the many of your fellow fans are still patiently waiting for a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. One such peer group are owners of HTC‘s Incredible S which, despite residing in HTC’s list of phones scheduled for the ICS update, remains on Gingerbread… until now. The good news is that the Incredible S will be jumping straight to version 4.0.4, the latest and greatest version of ICS. Better still, the update is rolling out right now.
Google’s issues with manufacturers and their upgrade schedules are well documented and the unsuccessful Android Update Alliance did nothing to address the concerns. Still I’m sure owners of the Incredible will agree that it’s better late than never. Here’s hoping that the top Android manufacturers are already preparing Jelly Bean and we can all enjoy a more timely update this time round.
If your Incredible S update hasn’t landed in your notification bar just yet it might be time to hit the ‘check for updates’ button in the settings menu. Enjoy!
It’s way overdue, but Verizon finally announced the DROID Incredible 4G LTE will be available on July 5th for $149. All I can say is, “What could’ve been.” How this isn’t the One X or at least a variant, I have no idea. I would have even taken a One S. It’s not all bad though as you do get a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, microSD storage, and a removable battery, but you don’t get the amazing ImageSense chip for the camera. How and why this happened just doesn’t make sense, but it is what it is.
- 4-inch super LCD qHD display
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
- Front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
- Mobile Hotspot-capable to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ memory card
- 1700 mAh battery
- NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
- Beats Audio
Full press release after the break:
Well, it’s finally official. Verizon just confirmed the rumors that the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE will launch on all channels July 5th. According to the official press release, the Incredible 4G LTE will run $150 on contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. You won’t be getting a rebate check this time around, Big Red has opted to issue a $50 debit card that can be used anywhere just like cash (as long as the store takes debit cards). Just as a refresher, the Incredible 4G LTE sports a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor that runs Ice Cream Sandwich (and Sense 4), has a 4-inch qHD display, Beats Audio, NFC, and an 8MP camera. No a bad piece of kit given the price point but will be hard pressed for adoption once the Samsung Galaxy S III becomes available over the next couple weeks. That being said, who’s choosing to grab the new Incredible this Thursday?
Jump past the break for a promo video and the full press release.
Any of you who are following HTC USA on Twitter may have noticed a tweet yesterday stating “Next week, we’ve got some special fun headed your way. We hear it’s going to be INCREDIBLE.”
So I’m going to go out on a limb and say that HTC just confirmed the long awaited DROID Inc 4G LTE release. With all the buzz surrounding the Galaxy S III and the newly announced Nexus 7 tablet, it’s almost easy to forget that this phone was on its way. Who is still excited and waiting for this HTC One S in black in red?