39 Facts About HTC


The HTC Dream was the first phone on the market to run Android.

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In 2016, HTC began to diversify its business beyond smartphones, having partnered with Valve to produce a virtual reality platform known as HTC Vive.

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HTC started making Windows Mobile PDAs and smartphones starting from 2004 under the Qtek brand.

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In 2007, HTC acquired the mobile device company Dopod International.

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In 2008, HTC unveiled the HTC Max 4G, the first GSM mobile phone to support WiMAX networks.

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HTC joined Google's Open Handset Alliance and then developed and released the first device powered by Android in 2008, the HTC Dream.

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On October 15, 2009, HTC launched the brand tagline "quietly brilliant"', and the "YOU" campaign, HTC's first global advertising campaign.

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In November 2009 HTC released the HTC HD2, the first Windows Mobile device with a capacitive touchscreen.

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In July 2010, HTC announced it would begin selling HTC-branded smartphones in China in a partnership with China Mobile.

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In October 2010, the HTC HD7 was released as one of the launch models of Microsoft's revitalised Windows Phone.

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In light of the company's decrease in prominence, Chief Executive Peter Chou had informed executives that he would step down if the company's newest flagship phone, the 2013 HTC One, had failed to generate impressive sales results.

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In June 2012, HTC moved its headquarters from Taoyuan City to Xindian District, New Taipei City.

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On 27 September 2013, HTC announced that it would sell back its stake in Beats Electronics.

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HTC ended its long relationship with Microsoft afterwards due to Nokia's dominance in Windows Phone devices, and started focusing solely on Android.

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On 1 March 2015, HTC unveiled Vive, a virtual reality head-mounted display in collaboration with Valve.

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In June and October 2015, HTC reported net losses; the company has faced increased competition from other smartphone makers, including Apple, Samsung, and others, which had resulted in a decline in its smartphone sales, as well a major loss of market share.

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In November 2016, HTC reported that it had sold at least 140, 000 Vive units, and that each unit was being sold at a profit.

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In January 2017, HTC unveiled its new U series smartphone line, the U Play and U Ultra; the company described the U series as a "new direction" for its phones, emphasizing an integrated virtual assistant developed by the company.

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The transaction was completed on 30 January 2018; while HTC will continue to produce its own smartphones, the company has stated that it planned to increase its focus on Internet of Things and virtual reality going forward.

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On 26 March 2018, HTC reported a quarterly net loss of US$337 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, citing "market competition, product mix, pricing, and recognized inventory write-downs".

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HTC stated that it would use the revenue to further its investments in "emerging technologies".

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HTC had cited its increasing VR investments, including its upcoming Vive Pro model, and Vive Focus—a standalone "all-in-one" VR headset unveiled in November 2017.

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In July 2018 HTC has revealed that it has entered into a partnership with games and apps developer and publisher Animoca.

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On 5 February 2019 HTC released its first "Cryptophone", focused on providing universal finance through Bitcoin and creating a portal towards realizing a truly decentralized web.

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On 11 May 2019 HTC announced that its Cryptophone will be the first smartphone to support a bitcoin full node.

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On 17 September 2019 HTC appointed Yves Maitre, former executive vice president of consumer equipment and partnerships of Orange, as CEO where Cher Wang will continue her role as chairwoman.

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HTC disagreed with Apple's actions and reiterated its commitment to creating innovative smartphones.

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HTC filed a complaint against Apple for infringing on five of its patents and sought to ban the import of Apple products into the US from manufacturing facilities in Asia.

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On 10 November 2012, Apple and HTC reached a 10-year license-agreement covering current and future patents held by the two companies.

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Previously, Apple ignored HTC's long held rights over the trade name Touch by calling its new iPod range the same.

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In February 2013, HTC settled with the U S Federal Trade Commission concerning lax security on more than 18 million smartphones and tablets it had shipped to customers and agreed to security patches.

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In 2010 HTC worked with Google to build mobile phones running Google's Android mobile OS such as the Nexus One.

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HTC grew exponentially after it was chosen by Microsoft as a hardware platform development partner for the now defunct Windows Mobile operating system.

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HTC invested strongly in research and development, which accounts for a quarter of its employees.

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In 2011, HTC opened a research and development office in Durham, North Carolina, a location the company chose over Seattle and Atlanta, to focus on multiple areas of wireless technology.

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On 27 May 2011, in response to customer feedback, HTC announced that they will no longer lock the bootloaders on their Android-based phones.

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HTC sponsored the HTC-Highroad professional cycling team from 2009 to 2011.

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In 2012, HTC became the official smartphone sponsor of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

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HTC became the shirt sponsors for the Indian Super League franchise NorthEast United for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 season.

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