Asus hasn’t ruled out taking over struggling HTC

ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih announces latest innovations at Zensation press event in T

Asus is currently riding a high after announcing that its mobile division turned a profit in May, having sold over 1.5 million smartphones in the month. With the release of its aggressively priced ZenFone 2 in North America, Asus expects the trend to continue and hopes to sell around 2 million handsets in June. As is natural with companies seeing positive results, Asus has given its rivals the once over to see if it is financially viable to expand by taking over a competing company to fuel further growth. Read more

HTC slide continues after sales forecast cut becomes official

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Last week HTC’s stock price hit a new low when news leaked that supply chain companies had been advised that HTC was cutting their sales forecast for 2015. The stock market continued to punish the company after HTC officially announced on Friday they were cutting quarterly sales projections by as much as 35 percent. This triggered a new dip in the stock price to NT$83.60 ($2.69 USD) on Monday. Read more

SteamVR starts shipping Vive Developer Edition

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Earlier this year HTC announced they were partnering with Valve to bring a virtual reality headset to market. While HTC is supplying the hardware, Valve is supplying the software through their SteamVR platform. In April Valve started accepting applications for developer editions of the device. This week Valve announced they have started shipping the first batch of devices to selected applicants. Read more

HTC stock price hits record low

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Increasingly fierce competition in the smartphone market continues to buffet HTC which saw its stock price close at a record low since its listing on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in March 2002. The stock price has been in a slide, losing 30% since the beginning of the year. However, new selling activity cranked up recently after media reports indicated HTC suppliers were cutting back on shipment forecasts based on lackluster sales projections for the HTC One M9. Those reports say HTC only expects to ship 3.2 million units in 2015, a 30% reduction from previous estimates. Read more

HTC announces yet another 2015 flagship, the One ME

HTC One MEHTC almost seems like it’s satirizing itself at this point. The company has announced another variant of the HTC One that’s slated for China later this year, adding to the flooded flagship market that the company is trying to tackle this year.

Originally we got the One M9, which was a little boring, but stuck to HTC’s simple, yet sophisticated standards. Then, the One M9+ was announced. It featured an actual upgrade to last year’s M8, with a higher resolution screen, fingerprint scanner, etc. It probably wasn’t great that HTC announced it right on the heels of the regular M9, and it definitely didn’t help that the M9+ isn’t available globally. Read more

HTC launches the dual-SIM Desire 820G+ in Taiwan

HTC Desire 820G+HTC has announced a new mid-range, dual-SIM phone for the Taiwanese market. The new device joins the Desire lineup and will be called the Desire 820G+.

The 820G+ features Android 4.4 and a 5.5-inch display that has a surprisingly nice 720p HD resolution. You’ll also find a 13 megapixel rear camera, an 8 megapixel front cam, an octa-core CPU with 1 GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot. Read more