Google's Android regained some U.S. market share as of the end of October after losing share last spring, according to a new report from digital research firm comScore. The firm also reported that Apple is the No.1 smartphone maker in the U.S. with 40.6 percent share.
HTC and Samsung are each using the SkyOne front-end platform from Skyworks Solutions in new smartphones, giving a nod to the platform's integration of all RF and analog content between the transceiver and antenna.
SAN FRANCISCO--As interest grows in the wearables space, the current leaders in the market remain largely divided on how the segment will progress and where it is headed. However, most agree that the wearables space is poised to bloom.
HTC is considering outsourcing some of its handset manufacturing to outside contractors, according to multiple reports. Additionally, Reuters reported that HTC has halted at least one of its four main manufacturing lines, which accounts for at least a fifth of total capacity, as it looks to improve its cash flow amid declining sales.
HTC Chairwoman and co-founder Cher Wang has taken over some of the day-to-day duties of CEO Peter Chou so he can focus more on products, in what is being positioned as a temporary move to help the struggling smartphone maker right the ship.
Amazon is working with smartphone maker HTC on three smartphones, according to a Financial Times report, once again fanning speculation that the retail giant is expanding its Kindle line of devices.
HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang said the next two months are the company's "biggest challenge" as it moves into the holiday shopping season and tries to reverse its sales slump amid tougher competition from Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c, Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 3 and other holiday offerings.
HTC reported its first quarterly loss since it became a public company in 2002, as it had warned it might, underscoring the challenges the company faces as it continues to try to turn around sales in a smartphone market that has squeezed its market share.
HTC confirmed that it laid off workers at its U.S. unit on Friday. The job cuts come as the smartphone maker continues to struggle in its turnaround efforts.
Huawei has no plans to purchase BlackBerry or any other company in a bid to expand its smartphone business, according to a senior Huawei executive.