So was the S3 Graphics deal a waste of $300 million for HTC? It is still too early to tell as S3 still has an open case pending against Apple at the ITC, revclving around 4 patents it claims Apple illegally used. HTC itself has two cases against Apple pending, dealing with patents that the manufacturer received from Google. At the same time, the ITC is reviewing a ruling made by an agency judge that HTC infringed on a pair of Apple patents. A decision on that case is due December 6th and could also include a review on a prior judge's ruling that cleared Apple of infringing on HTC patents.
Separately, HTC became the top selling smartphone brand in the U.S. during the third quarter, replacing Samsung. According to research firm Canalys, the Taiwan based firm had a 24% share of the smartphone market in the States during Q3 followed by the 21% belonging to Samsung and the 20% owned by Apple. Gartner says total smartphone sales in the States rose 42% in the period.
source: Bloomberg via Phandroid