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The smartphone has become one of the most important technological innovations ever. But has this industry reached its peak?
It was rumored, and now it's here: on stage at D, Sundar Pichai just revealed a new version of the HTC One that runs an untouched, stock version of Google's Android operating system. It will be available from the Google Play store starting June 26th for $599. The unlocked device will run on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States with support for high-speed LTE data on both networks. This "Nexus user experience" version will contain 32GB of built-in storage. Much like the special edition Samsung Galaxy S4 unveiled during I/O
Earlier in May, HTC was rumored to be entering the Microsoft Windows RT tablet market and now, just a few weeks later, those plans are over. Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported HTC's change in course on Thursday due to weak demand for Windows RT. Instead, the company is expected to move forward on a 7-inch Android tablet.
I didn't like the idea of an HTC Windows RT slate for several reasons. First, while the Windows RT product does suit some people's needs very well, there's no indication it's a big seller
HTC has sold "around five million" of its flagship smartphone, the One, since launch. The impressive figure will abate fears that HTC is dead in the water (the company is struggling internally) but does confirm what we all suspected: it isn't able to keep up with Samsung in sales. The company's largest rival in the Android smartphone space recently announced that it's shipped 10 million Galaxy S4s in less than a month.
Already facing big challenges on the sales side, Taiwanese phone maker HTC has been hit with a wave of staff departures.
Chief among the exits is Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera, with several others from the marketing and communications ranks also having recently left, including Eric Lin, who is now working for Microsoft's Skype unit, and communications chief Jason Gordon, who left on Friday.
Kodera, a former head of products for Sony Ericsson, joined HTC in 2010.
"Kouji Kodera has left HTC to pursue other interests," HTC said in a statement.
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp will struggle to improve its margins this year as it increases marketing spend for its latest model in a bid to catch up to rivals Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc.
HTC on Thursday forecast strong sales of its flagship HTC One smartphone to lift second-quarter revenues by almost two-thirds to T$70 billion ($2.37 billion).
Operating margins were also expected to widen to between 1 and 3 percent from the previous quarter's 0.1 percent, as HTC spends more on a campaign to improve its brand image.
Whether you prefer the iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or BlackBerry, it's hard to deny that Apple's phones are the best-looking of the bunch.
For years, it seemed like other phone makers weren't even trying to compete on design. While competitors kept up with the iPhone in thinness and lightness, they relied almost exclusively on plastic, making their phones feel creaky and cheap.
Lately, phone makers besides Apple have been coming around to the idea of premium designs. The HTC One is a gorgeous phone encased in a single slab