BARCELONA, Spain--Making good on its promise from earlier this month to push less expensive phones, HTC announced two mid-range smartphones in its Desire family here at the Mobile World Congress trade show. The smartphone maker aims to transfer the high-end design sensibility of its flagship One to products with lower price points.
BARCELONA, Spain--Microsoft announced a number of new firms are planning to use its Windows Phone software, many of which were initially skeptical about the mobile OS. The announcement of new partners comes just ahead of Microsoft finalizing its $7.4 billion deal for the handset division of Nokia, the largest maker of Windows Phones.
Smartphone maker HTC plans to privately demonstrate the first of its three planned wearable devices next week at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, according to a Bloomberg report.
HTC, in a bid to set itself apart from the smartphone pack and regain some of its luster, said that as part of a new program it will give U.S. customers who purchase any of its HTC One family of smartphones a free one-time screen replacement for cracked screens within the first six months of owning the device.
Gartner said 2013 was a tipping point for the mobile phone market, as smartphone sales outpaced feature phones for the first time.
Google distributes its Android mobile software for free as an open-source project, but new documents show that there are strings attached to OEMs that want to use key Google services as part of their Android devices. The documents reveal that Google has required handset makers to make Google Search the device's default search engine, have a series of apps preinstalled and even place Google apps in certain locations on the device.
Smartphone maker HTC said it will return to making less expensive smartphones in an effort to shore up its shrinking revenues. The announcement comes about a year after the company first announced its high-end, flagship One smartphone, which was relatively well received but failed to ignite sales at the Taiwanese vendor.
Nokia offered a glimpse into its post-manufacturing future in the mobile phone business after the company confirmed it has ended a patent infringement spat with Taiwanese device maker HTC at the eleventh hour.
HTC is hoping that a successor to its flagship One smartphone, better marketing and its first entry into the wearable computing market will lift its fortunes and deliver a turnaround in 2014 that was supposed to have materialized last year but never truly did.
Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, dropped a lawsuit against Huawei. Rockstar had sued Huawei, Google and other Android manufacturers last fall, arguing that their products infringed on patents owned by Rockstar, which bought a trove of Nortel Networks' patents in 2011.