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Samsung Electronics Friday announced record quarterly profits of $5.9 billion for the April-June period, the figure largely fueled by rapid sales of the Galaxy series of smartphones.
Just how important is the U.S. market for global smartphone sales? Ask Taiwan-based handset maker HTC which today announced that U.S. Customs delays, along with sluggish European demand, were to blame for second-quarter profits falling more than 57 percent.
HTC is having a tough year. Patent disputes have caused shipping delays, lawsuits have been filed by major competitors Nokia and Apple, sales targets for the current quarter were just slashed, and now former best-bud Microsoft is taking its ball and going home.
HTC said Tuesday that its One X and Evo 4G LTE Android smartphones have finished the review process in U.S. customs and are being released into the the country, The Verge reports.
T-Mobile's HTC One S
The original HTC Evo 4G was notorious for its massive (at the time) 4.3-inch screen, which needed a kickstand for additional support. So it’s no surprise that the kickstand makes a return with the HTC Evo One 4G LTE on Sprint, which sports an even bigger 4.7-inch display. As for fitting in your pocket…
Google is allegedly working on creating a company-branded entertainment device capable of streaming music in multiple locations throughout a person’s home.
The next quarter will be tough-going for HTC as it tries to recover from its first big profit drop in two years.
Can lawsuits take a bite out of the competition?
In the epic battle for smartphone dominance among Asian device makers, Samsung is on top with a record quarterly profit, while HTC faced a major blow in the holiday quarter.
Corning, the manufacturer of ultra-tough glass for consumer electronics, will introduce the next generation of Gorilla Glass at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
If you’re interested in the Windows Phone mobile operating system, but holding out for LTE 4G devices on the platform, you may not have to wait much longer.
After taking a major hit in court this week from an Apple patent lawsuit, HTC is already in the process of testing new devices and software that workaround the patent violations.