HTC denies report that it is being sold
Despite the success of the HTC One, the upcoming third quarter report is expected to be another disaster. EE Times reporter Alice Sun put up a post on Chinese social network Weibo saying that HTC chairwoman Cher Wang had decided to put HTC up for sale. But this rumor was quickly denied by the top executive of HTC China, Ray Yam. Wang herself also put the kibosh on the rumor at a company family day event that was held over the weekend.
Reporter Sun took down her original Weibo post, not because she thinks it is not true, but "for some peace and quiet." She remains a strong believer that her original story will prove to pan out and that HTC is about to be picked up in what would appear to be a distress sale. But for every seller, there needs to be a buyer and it is hard to imagine who might be interested in buying the company. One of the Chinese upstarts looking to widen U.S. distribution could be interested in HTC's connection with U.S. carriers, but companies like ZTE and Huawei would probably be better off if HTC just died.
source: Weibo (translated), UDNNews (translated) via Engadget
1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 4852; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
That jelly reporter should be fired.
22. zhiae (Posts: 142; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
HTC need to give idiot people an good advertisement
i think 90% dont know there is a device called ''one''
im one user im still happy with it
htc if u lose ''fu** you
u made this to ur self
4. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
Not so fast...
5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6657; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Even after I, a highly disappointed former HTC user who's lost respect for the company, knew this was BS when I heard about it. Yes they're struggling, but they're bringing the best out of Apple, Samsung, Sony and LG. It isn't HTC's time yet to leave the battlefield.
7. darkskoliro (Posts: 886; Member since: 07 May 2012)
A lot of phone market shares are dropping with the rise of cheaper Chinese android alternatives...hopefully HTC can pull through :)
8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5289; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
This is HTCs challenge. The cheaper Chinese Android alternatives don't have to be better than HTC. Just good enough. And cheaper.
11. zachattack (Posts: 441; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
heh... HTC is putting the One on verizon really soon, seeing as the DNA officially got retired from the site. So that is some stupid bulls**t, why sell when they are about to make a s**t ton of money. Nah HTC is fine yo
20. quakan (Posts: 1084; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
HTC better hurry up and release it on VZW because the iPhone 6 and Note 3 are on the way soon so they better get some sales while they still can.
12. Topcat488 (Posts: 1044; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Sounds like someone at HTC's Family Day Event tried to cover-up the obvious. Even companies making a profit are getting banged up by the Analyst. HTC "appreciated the support" of its customers, but the LACK of support TO the customers is what brought them to this point.
13. jacko1977 (Posts: 377; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
Not only is the HTC One a treat for the eyes, the uni-body aluminum build makes it the opposite of the Samsung Galaxy S4 which is made from plastic.
what about http://www.gsmarena.com/asus_p
i dont hear or see much about that and from reviews its better then the htc one
14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 998; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
It would be funny as heck if Apple bought them.
16. aditya.k (Posts: 410; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
Probably make your smartphones One bit less expensive, then you might have a good time!
17. jonartpop (Posts: 152; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
Make SD card, less expensieve, better battery capacity and maybe you will survive.
18. gd761 (Posts: 94; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
If and IF, HTC is Really going to be Sold, then Maybe Microsoft can make an Offer to Buy HTC since Microsoft was looking at both Nokia and HTC to Market and Distribute Microsoft's Windows Phone Platform to the World. Microsoft had Chosen Nokia because of the Instability of HTC at the time and also because HTC would NOT Commit 100% to Just Windows Phone. There were also a bunch of other reasons that Everyone can Add here if they so choose.
Instead of HTC Disappearing and going away, then let the Money Machine that can Afford to throw their Money away like the $900,000,000.00 that was just written off because of the Surface RT Tablet and the Windows RT Debacle.
HTC IS and HAS Been a Quality Manufacturer. HTC was building Phones for a LOT of other Manufacturers before deciding to Just Build their Own Devices.
I'm NOT saying that Microsoft Just Buy HTC if there is NO NEED for HTC to be Sold. But, if HTC is in Worse Dire Straights than HTC is Willing to let everyone know about, then that's Why Microsoft Should Step In and Buy HTC.
Have 2 Different Manufacturers Building Windows Phone for the World of Consumers that Would Benefit from having More than just 1 Manufacturer to choose from.
21. AfterShock (Posts: 1304; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
If not company endorsed, she could be out to damage them for unspecified reasons.
23. zachattack (Posts: 441; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
The only good phone company is HTC. Literally blows my mind that they aren't doing too great, but that's because of Verizon making droid a priority. They screwed HTC and said let's take te 3 new, not really new at all, droids instead. The only company that can make phones like HTC..... Is HTC. The LG G2 is the only phone so far I've ever seen compete with HTC's game changing designs. Samsung is a smart company but they don't revolutionize phones. The new iPhone will not contend with anything. I still think HTC is the best and will pull it together. I don't know where they can go though. They already made one of the best phones on the market. LG is comin on strong.
Gotta love the future and what it brings!
24. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
One word: ASUS.
Asus has laptops and tablets covered, is a strong Google partner, and needs into the phone market. HTC has phone expertise, already abandoned the tablet space, and needs cash, direction, and more industry clout. If they were to merge, Taiwan would have a formidable challenger in the tech world.