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HTC Working On A Windows Phone Variant Of Its Flagship Device HTC One

HTC One Windows Phone

As per a new rumor emerged today, HTC is working on a Windows Phone variant of its flagship device HTC One. HTC was the first OEM to announce a Windows Phone 8 device. Even though both their WP8 devices 8X and 8S are decent units, they didn’t sell well because of poor marketing and Nokia’s dominance in Windows Phone market. The rumored device will have the following specs,

  •  4.7 inch 1080p Super LCD 3 screen
  •  Beats audio
  •  2GB of RAM
  •  32GB of memory (unlike the 16GB used for the 8X)

Recently, HTC dismissed Digitimes’s report that HTC is leaving the Windows Phone market and said they are absolutely dedicated to their Windows Phone lineup.

via: Neowin

HTC Planned Moto X Style Customization Option For Sprint HTC 8XT Device

HTC Design Studio Windows Phone

When Google’s Motorola announced Moto X, customization was one of the most notable feature. Moto X lets you choose the front, the back, the accents, the wallpaper, and even color matched accessories. HTC planned a similar customization option for Sprint HTC 8XT which was launched last month, but later dropped it due to concerns over cost and complexity concerns.

The Verge reported the following about this program,

The project involved HTC’s 8XT Windows Phone device, with the idea of allowing customers to customize a range of colors on the handset. We’re told that a HTC Design Studio, planned as a web app, would have served as a method for Sprint customers to order a custom 8XT. The Design Studio included color options for speaker, accents, the two-tone highlights, and personal engraving.

Source: The Verge

HTC said to be “drifting away from Windows Phone”, but the story smells

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imageDigitimes’s sources speculate that after underperforming in Q2 2013 HTC may start throwing their full weight at their Android line and “drift away from Windows Phone”.

According to the IDC HTC only shipped 400,000 Windows Phones in Q2, while Samsung shipped 1 million.

One must remember however that the Digitimes report appears to be based on speculation by unnamed sources, while the IDC’s estimates does not gel very well with data from the likes of AdDuplex which shows HTC’s Windows Phone 8 share holding up much better than Samsung’s (11.5% vs 2%), which would not happen if new handsets were not flowing into the market from HTC.

In short, the report does not seem to be well supported. With HTC having significant issues competing with Samsung on Android, I do not think they can afford not to compete in Windows Phone’s growing market also.

Do our readers agree? Let us know below.

Table via AAWP.

HTC’s Make More Space updated to version 1.5

htcmakemorespaceqrIf Other Storage is making your HTC Windows Phone feel a bit cramped, HTC’s Make More Space App may relieve the pressure.

The app now supports both the HTC 8S and HTC 8X, and will delete temporary files not properly removed by the operating system.

Find the app in the Windows Phone Store here.

Statements by Microsoft suggest this issue will not be troubling Windows Phone users for long, as Windows Phone GDR2 will be better able to manage these temporary files.

Via WindowsPhoneItaly.com

HTC 8X and HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 Devices Grabs IDEA Design Awards

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Just like Nokia, even HTC has got IDEA Design awards for both their Windows Phone 8 devices. HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 device won a gold award whereas HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 device won a silver award for design.

HTC 8S description by HTC,

The Windows Phone 8S embodies harmony between the physical and digital experience for the user. In order to achieve this harmony, the design of the smartphone mirrors the essence of Microsoft ‘s Live Tile: an ever-changing, informational tile at the heart of the interface. This was accomplished by creating a square silhouette that reflectes the thinness and lightness of the Live Tiles. Windows Phone 8S stays true to the Windows Phone design aesthetic with its soft yet square form.

Technology has seen a revolution in which intelligent products can now look less serious and be more expressive. This is most apparent in the vivid colors of the Windows Phone 8S. The 8S has a playful twist that brings vivid, bold color to the forefront by showing off a bright color “dip,” giving the appearance of having been dipped in a bucket of paint. This creates stylish color combinations that capture a youthful and expressive demographic.

I feel sad for HTC designers who made HTC 8X and HTC 8S devices. Even though they did an incredible job, due to their company’s focus on Android devices, their work/device got sidelined. What do you think?

Source: IDSA

HTC hopes to gain 10% worldwide smartphone market share (eventually)

At a shareholders meeting HTC’s president Peter Chou expressed some hopes and wishes for the future.

"We managed to maintain a 4-percent global smartphone market share last year and we are determined to do our best to expand the percentage to 10 to 15 percent in the future," he said.

HTC once had 10% global market share, and aims to get back to that same position again.

"Give us some time and we will stage a comeback," Chou said. "We will redouble our efforts this year to further enhance our brand recognition and loyalty around the world.”

HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang said the company will focus on product innovation and upgrading of its global marketing mechanism this year.

One wonders if Windows Phone will be part of HTC’s market share ambitions.  They are caught on the Android side between Samsung and the Windows Phone side against Nokia, and it seems more likely HTC will lose their 4% than gain another 11% in the near future.

HTC’s chief executive and management had their compensation halved recently due to underperformance.

Do our readers think HTC could make a comeback? Let us know below.

Via FocusTaiwan.tw

Nokia goes after HTC with new patent infringement lawsuit

HTC-One-Pixel-Density-741x1024It seems Nokia is more than happy to go after HTC while they are down.  The company has confirmed to the Inquirer that they have launched a new patent litigation offense against the Taiwanese smartphone OEM.

"Nokia has filed further cases in the United States alleging that HTC products infringe additional Nokia patents,” a Nokia spokesperson said.

"Nokia’s new actions include a second complaint to the US International Trade Commission and a complaint to the US District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego, US. These cases cover nine Nokia patents new to the dispute, bringing the total Nokia patents asserted against HTC in one or more of our actions around the world to 50."

The patents in question relate to  hardware features such as enhanced speech and data transmission, efficient component layout in compact unibody designs and worldwide roaming capability, application data sharing between phones, permissions management in applications, video encoding and decoding, and expanding a device’s capabilities with new applications.

It seems Nokia is still sore about HTC using their HAAC microphones in the HTC One.  A court has recently said HTC con continue to use the microphones they already purchased, supposedly in good faith, from ST Microelectronics, but needed to find a new supplier from then on.

"HTC has shown no intention to end its practices, instead it has tried to shift responsibility to its suppliers,” the spokesperson said. “We have therefore taken these further steps to hold HTC accountable for its actions.”

HTC can ill afford to be distracted or have the HTC One disrupted at present, with rumours of the company being in disarray, with numerous top level executives leaving and its finances threatening to dip into loss-making territory.

One wonders if Nokia is intent in killing off its only real Windows Phone competition, and owning 100% of that small pond. 

What do our readers think? Let us know below.

Google and HTC’s Patent Exhaustion Defense Fails Against Nokia

43-nokia-logo62a Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Thomas B. Pender has thrown out the Google and HTC’s patent exhaustion defense against Nokia in the ongoing patent case in US. Here is the title of the judgement, “(1) Granting Complainants['] Motion for Summary Determination that HTC and Google Cannot Establish Their Exhaustion Defense and (2) Denying Respondents['] Motion for Summary Determination on Patent Exhaustion”.

Even though HTC and Google can appeal against this judgement in the higher courts, FOSSPatents reports that such a move will not make any difference.

Google and HTC can appeal Judge Pender’s order by asking the Commission, the six-member decision-making body at the top of the U.S. trade agency, for a review. I doubt that this would change the outcome. Its patent exhaustion (and related) theories in Germany also failed to get any traction with the courts there.

Source: FOSS Patents

HTC will continue to support Windows Phone “in the short term” despite 98% drop in profit

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Will we see this again next year?

HTC has just come off a pretty rough quarter, with their revenue dropping from $2.3 billion to $1.45 billion YoY, and profit from $152 million to a bare $2.85 million.

Despite this disastrous result – their worst since 2004, HTC CEO Peter Chou said that the company was fine "in terms of cash flow," and that it would continue to support both Android and Windows Phone hardware in the near future.

HTC’s expects things to rebound greatly in Q2 2013, is is already predicted to have sold 750,000 HTC One handsets in April, and around 10 million for the full year. HTC would not have had much help from their Windows Phone handsets, with that niche dominated by Nokia, and some predicting HTC and also-ran Samsung may eventually exit the segment.

HTC is expected to release the HTC Tiara, a mid-range Windows Phone, on Sprint in the next few months, but no other Windows Phones have been leaked so far, and it is rumoured that HTC has cancelled a large-screened flagship, the HTC Zenith, due to lack of 1080P support in the current version of Windows Phone.

Do our readers think HTC will still be making Windows Phones in 2014? Let us know below.

Via Engadget.com and CNET.com

HTC releases exclusive Best Deals app for their Windows Phones

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HTC is not best known for their software bundles, but they do make a (small) effort, and the result is a new app by their development team for their Windows Phones.

Best Deals is a local deals app which offer up to 50% discounts in goods and services in a variety of categories including:

  • Fashion & Shopping
  • Culture & Multimedia
  • Food & Restaurants
  • Leisure and Events
  • Travel & Hotels
  • Beauty and Wellness
  • Family & Home

Best-Deals-HTC-QR-CodeUnfortunately WPArea.de reports the app does not quite deliver on its promise, offering only a small number of deals with small discounts, appears poorly designed and always forwards you to an external website when a deal is selected. The app is Windows Phone 8 only.

The app does however feature a live tile with pictures of local deals, so it is not a complete wash.

If you own a HTC device download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.  And Nokia users – for once this one is not for you.

Via WPArea.de.

HTC will not be able to use Nokia Rich Recording Microphones for another 10 months

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It turns out HTC will need to look for another source for their HTC One Microphones, as it turns out Nokia has a 12 month exclusivity agreement on the HAAC microphones they developed with STMicroelectronics.

Apparently STMicroelectronics though the deal was only for 6 months, which is a rather odd omission for a major company to make.

To add insult to injury an Amsterdam court extended this another 10 months, meaning HTC will have another component issue on their hands.

The court laid all the blame on STMicroelectronics and held HTC “blameless”, and HTC will be able to sell already manufactured handsets.

HTC commented:

"HTC is disappointed in the decision. We are consulting with STM and will decide whether it is necessary to explore alternative solutions in due course. In the meanwhile, we do not expect this decision to have any immediate impact on our handset sales."

Hopefully when HTC is looking to copy another company’s technology they will do a bit more due diligence next time.

Via Engadget.com

HTC found to be using Nokia’s proprietary HAAC Microphones in HTC One

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One of the HTC One’s numerous features was an “HDR Microphone” which sounded suspiciously like Nokia’s High Amplitude Audio Capture Microphones found in most of their Lumias.

It turns out when Nokia popped the cover on the HTC One it was not just similar, but exactly the same component, which was invented and developed by Nokia for their exclusive use.

Nokia has applied and was granted a preliminary injunction in Amsterdam against the HTC One, noting it was just another example of HTC’s unauthorized use of Nokia’s inventions, with the company asserting more than 40 Nokia patents against HTC.

Engadget believes ST Electronics may be the one who sold Nokia’s component to HTC, but I am sure HTC was fully aware who was doing High Amplitude Microphones first.

Now if only Zoe’s were patented…

See the full press release after the break.

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Nokia showing patent strenght at ITC, progressing towards an Android tethering ban

Nokia tethering patent - Figure 1It is certainly a good thing Microsoft has Nokia on their side, as having Nokia against you, at least when it comes to patent litigation, does not seem to be a good idea.

The strength of Nokia’s patent profile has already allowed it to extract regular royalty payments from Apple and RIM, and Nokia is currently preparing to do the same to HTC and potentially all Android OEMs selling handsets in USA.

The patent in question is for tethering a phone to a computer to share the data network of the phone, and stretch back to 1995, when the only data our phones could access was SMS.

The patent claims:

“Method for making a data transmission connection from a computer to any one of a plurality of mobile communication networks for transmission of analog and/or digital signals, wherein the computer is connected with one of the mobile communication networks via a telecommunication terminal which is in local data transmission connection with the computer; and wherein the data transmission connection utilises at least a first operation mode for connection with a first of said telecommunication networks and a second operation mode for connection with a second of said telecommunication networks, the method comprising steps of:

  • testing said communication networks to determine which of said plurality of mobile communication networks are available for a connection to be made via the telecommunication terminal;

  • selecting one of the available mobile communication networks;

  • at the telecommunication terminal, setting an operation mode corresponding to the selected one of the mobile communication networks; and

  • setting the data transmission connection for transmission via the selected operation mode.”

HTC and Google has been arguing at the ITC to narrow the scope of the claims so as to reduce their risk of infringement, but according to Fosspatents has been largely unsuccessful, meaning it is very likely when Nokia vs HTC does go to trial at the ITC in 2 months HTC will be found to be infringing Nokia’s patents.  Given that tethering is very widely supported by Android handsets it seems likely after HTC falls other OEMs such as Samsung will be next.

Just two days ago Nokia won a patent infringement case against HTC in Germany for phone power management, part of 22 impending lawsuits Nokia has filed against HTC in Germany.

Nokia could now enforce a sales ban by posting a $6.5 million bond and also possess the right to claim damages. Unfortunately the infringing handsets are now pretty old and no longer in the market.

In both cases Google has attempted to intervene on HTC’s behalf but has largely failed.

Read more at Fosspatents here. Thanks Tom for the tip.