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Company appears to be recovering on the back of the HTC One

HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) had good news and bad news on Monday.

The good news for the embattled Taiwanese OEM is that it appears to be pulling back from the edge of fiscal ruin.  Its May revenue hit NT$29.0B ($971.5M USD unaudited) versus NT$91.4B ($3.06B USD) for the first four months of the year.  The sharp jump in revenue comes as sales of the HTC One heat up.  Overcoming production difficulties, glowing reviews helped drive 5 million sales of the 1080p Android handset on its first month on the market.

The revenue numbers are almost back to where HTC was in 2012 (NT$30.0B or $1.00B USD), early in the company's slump.  The May sales mark was nearly triple the abysmal February 2013 sales low of NT$11.4B ($381.3M USD).

HTC Revenue table
[Image Source: GSMArena]
 
The potentially bad news is that the company has lost another executive, the latest in a string of high profile departures.  This time the casualty is Chief Operating Officer Matthew Costello, who spent less than three years at the firm.  Mr. Costello is being shuffled to HTC's Europe office where he will serve as an executive advisor.

The phonemaker listed the reason for the shuffle as "personal family reasons".  Over the past two years HTC has also lost its finance, design, and marketing chiefs.

Matthew Costello
Matthew Costello is out as HTC COO. [Image Source: Engadget]

HTC's vice president of engineering and operations, Fred Liu, will be taking on Mr. Costello's responsibilities, expanding his role.  Mr. Liu is a veteran, having been with HTC since 1998 and serving as a VP since 2006.

In an email to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, HTC announced it would be forming two new units -- a quality assurance division and a product lifestyle analysis division -- to try to better manage its product stream.  The QA division will be headed by Georges Boulloy, a refugee from Sony Corp.'s (TYO:6758Swedish-Japanese subsidiary Sony Ericsson.  Since its Sony buy-out, the former joint venture has been jettisoning much of its executive talent.

HTC is currently the fifth largest Android OEM behind Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), LG Electronics Inc. (KSC:066570), Huawei Technologies Comp. (SHE:002502), and ZTE Corp. (SHE:000063).  But it looks to rise back up the ranks and possibly crack the top five in Q2 2013, if it can build upon the strong May sales of the HTC One in June.
HTC BlinkFeed
The HTC One

HTC recently announced a "Senseless" version of its HTC One smartphone that is available from Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Play store.  Another potentially big boost to the handset is the recent news that it is coming to America's largest carrier, Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc.'s (LON:VOD) Verizon Wireless, this summer.

Sources: HTC, Bloomberg



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Great phone, ditch Sense
By half_duplex on 6/4/2013 11:25:36 AM , Rating: 2
Most of the areas of the OS I don't like appear to be related to Sense.

For example, when the phone is PIN locked, the "Emergency Call" button is the main button at the bottom of the pin pad while the "Enter" button is smaller than the number buttons. The buttons are very close also. This makes it VERY easy to hit Emergency Call instead of unlocking the phone. Very annoying, very stupid. Also, from Emergency Call, you're one tap away from a 911 dial.

Did HTC think it'd be more common to call 911 than unlock the phone?

Also, from the phone pad, Sense always displays your last call. So if you dial a new number, you're looking at a screen with two phone numbers. Dumb.

HTC should rename it to Senseless seeing how badly they dropped the ball on these two fundamental screens.




RE: Great phone, ditch Sense
By superflex on 6/4/2013 12:19:24 PM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about with the last number dialed?
Yes, the phone defaults to the last number dialed when you launch the dialer, but as soon as you start to enter a new number, the last number goes away. Not Senseless.
As far as the pin lock screen, yes the emergency call button does measures 2.3" x 0.3" while the enter button measures 0.7" x 0.3". I've never accidentally pressed the emergency button in three weeks of ownership.
I guess the credit card swiper at the store gives you fits too? Most of those buttons are smaller than the One's enter button on the lock screen.
Maybe you should try the face unlock for security since typing isn't your forte.


RE: Great phone, ditch Sense
By superflex on 6/4/2013 12:22:41 PM , Rating: 2
I guess you can cross your fingers for the AOSP update since Sense doesn't work with your meat puppet fingers.
Just remember, you will lose Zoes, the IR blaster and blinkfeed with the rumored AOSP update.
http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/05/31/htc-one-je...


RE: Great phone, ditch Sense
By karimtemple on 6/4/2013 1:01:57 PM , Rating: 2
LOL @ "meat puppet fingers."

It doesn't really make sense (sorry) that you'd lose IR functionality just by going AOSP. I doubt that's true.


RE: Great phone, ditch Sense
By superflex on 6/4/2013 1:21:17 PM , Rating: 2
Thought I read on AT that with the AOSP version due out on June 26th, the TV app would not work.


Great news!
By drumsticks on 6/4/2013 11:05:11 AM , Rating: 4
Glad to see HTC is getting (almost) the sales they deserve. The One is a fantastic phone and the loss of competition wouldn't have been good for any consumers anywhere.




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