Posted by hendrik in Cell Phones
on Oct 17th, 2013
HTC has had a very difficult 2013. They lost their status as a Tier 1 manufacturer as phone part suppliers. This ensures that HTC will always have a competitive disadvantage against Samsung, Apple and others (the list of manufacturers is a closely guarded secret and not publicly available).
Secondly – HTC has lost a chunk of change in the last 12 months. They paid some of their most senior staff a combined $22 million and then some of those same individuals then left HTC. The partnership between HTC and Beats By Dre is also in some complicated state.
Then earlier in the week news broke that Amazon...
Posted by hendrik in Performance
on May 28th, 2013
It is not often that a business such as HTC falls from grace (not confirmed). In HTC’s case they are no longer a tier one manufacturer thus they need to wait for parts (while Samsung and Apple have parts shipped). Suddenly product launches need to be thought through carefully and planned with way more detail than in the past as demand for products need to be better calculated.
What happened, you might ask? Well, for starters Samsung took a huge chunk of market share away from their competitors by throwing millions of dollars at advertising. Suddenly, Samsung is front of mind and shipping millions of...
Posted by hendrik in Performance
on Feb 29th, 2012
We are in the middle of one of my most favorite weeks of the year. No, its not the end of February that leads into March but rather the fact that the entire world is focused on Spain. Barcelona is hosting the Mobile World Congress in which all the cellphone manufacturers (with the exception of Apple that does its own thing) unveil their 2012 products. Call it the “one big product launch” or the place where anyone and everyone related to the mobile phone ecosystem is seen. These 4 days of the congress set the tone for the entire year.
Nokia seems to have gone for the jugular with their new...
Posted by hendrik in Technology
on Sep 13th, 2011
HTC are interested in acquiring an operating system, if media reports are to be believed. The potential acquisition has raised some eyebrows as it has been a tad unexpected. I believe very strongly that motivation for this acquisition is in response to Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility.
HTC was arguably the biggest loser in the Motorola Mobility acquisition as they were seen to have a very good relationship with Google through using their Android operating system. Another point to consider is that HTC and Google partnered for the initial version of the “Google phone”. The Google...
Posted by hendrik in Cell Phones, Performance, Technology
on Jun 28th, 2011
Three dimensional viewing of content on any device is the next big challenge that electronic manufacturers face. Consider the impact High Definition has had on TV’s and the services that have been made especially for it, etc. Once you have viewed anything on an HD LCD TV, you can immediately feel the difference between HD and non HD television.
LG have tried with their Optimus to use 3D in a cellphone. User reaction to the Optimus can best be described as luke warm. As soon as all the advertisements faded in the press, the Optimus all but disappeared.
I believe the first proper 3D cellphone will be...