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HTC's product chief departs, ex-strategy head Eric Lin tweets "leave now"

0. phoneArena 22 May 2013, 02:10 posted on

Mr Kodera, HTC's Chief Product Officer, left the company, joining the communications chief Jason Gordon, who left Friday, as well as several other marketing and communications people, one of whom, Eric Lin, went to work for Skype, leaving the tweet you see inside behind him...

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posted on 22 May 2013, 02:15 5

1. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

One guess: The factors that allowed HTC to slip in status these past 12-24 months appear to be boiling over publicly.

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:23 2

31. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

There has been unrest among the HTC staff since a few years. Last year, there were massive layoffs in the HTC factories. I really believe the board of directors need to remodel their thinking on what's best for the company or just resign if they can't. The blame should definitely NOT be on the talented people who actually make those great HTC products, like the formidable HTC One!!

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:37 5

33. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

I sold my htc one...upper speaker , kept going out.. so much for boom sound

posted on 22 May 2013, 10:44 4

46. ksenia (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)

yea right samsung troll

posted on 22 May 2013, 02:16 10

2. VJo003 (Posts: 360; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)

Rats are jumping ship!!

posted on 22 May 2013, 02:23 2

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

The problem for HTC is not with the One, as that is on autopilot, barring further supply disruptions. HTC has to worry what they are going to do for their next toy after the One.

It would appear that there is a certain amount of discord within HTC. I really hope the turn-around that started with the One does not stall.

posted on 22 May 2013, 02:28 2

4. GalaxyXperiaOptimusDroid (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 May 2013)

His a Quitter! Ban him!

posted on 22 May 2013, 03:55 5

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

this tweet was sponsored i guess ...

posted on 22 May 2013, 02:30 10

5. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

htc really needs to make one flagship and stick with it, and not make multiple flagship devices in a period of 6 months. Look at sensation, One X, One X+, Butterfly, Butterly S? People are confused as HTC doesnt really have a true HTC flagship name like Galaxy S, Lumia and Xperia. Theres really not much to remember about HTC but the fact that they make too many flagship phones in a short period of time.

They need to change their marketing strategy, have more supplies in stock and create a true flagship name.

posted on 22 May 2013, 06:51 3

24. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I don't buy the "too many flagships" argument. What's the difference between HTC marketing both the One and Butterfly and Samsung marketing both the Galaxy S and Note? Samsung uniting everything they sell under the Galaxy name? I think that dilutes the brand. And the One X to One X+ was a midyear refresh that kept the phone competitive. I don't see it as a bad thing.

Now if they start selling a 4.7", 5", 5.5", and 6"flagship, then maybe image with you.

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:45 2

38. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

Well if HTC sell's too many flagship phones, people who are willing to upgrade feels like they need to chose a different phone brand. For example people who currently owns a galaxy S2 or S3, it would make sense for them to upgrade to an S3 or an S4 if they had great user experience, thinking the next one will be much better. In HTC's situation, when people are upgrading from (sensation, Butterfly or ONE X), they might get confused whether they will get the same user experience or not when upgrading to a phone with a different name (HTC ONE, HTC 8X, Butterfly S).

In short, some people have loyalty not just on the brand itself, but on the particular flagship name as well, same thing as liking the sports Basketball, but there's one team that you like the most (GO Boston Celtics).

posted on 22 May 2013, 09:09

39. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

That I'll agree with. HTC took too long to come up with the unified brand name One. Last year was a good first step releasing the One S and One X, but they were still stuck with carrier exclusivity, and Verizon and Sprint still demanded their own customized Droid and Evo versions. This is similar to where Samsung was with the Galaxy S2. By the following year, Samsung had enough clout to get the S3 released as a unified brand.

This year HTC finally has the flagship One on 3 of the big 4 carriers, and on numerous international carriers. I don't know that Butterfly (or Droid DNA) is a great, readily identifiable brand name for HTC to use, but if they release a follow-up this year under the same name, they're at least minimizing their marques.

posted on 22 May 2013, 02:41 2

6. anupam.chopra (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

What do you expect from Chinese Company? Horrible working conditions. Treating employees like slaves. Eric left for good.

posted on 22 May 2013, 02:44 18

8. MCrapp (Posts: 318; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)

Chinese company? You think about Apple?

posted on 22 May 2013, 02:54 13

9. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

How many times does htc get mistaken for a chinese company?They're from taiwan for heaven's sake

posted on 22 May 2013, 03:33 5

12. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Taiwan is almost a part of china dude.

posted on 22 May 2013, 04:01 5

17. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

but they are still taiwanese and not chinese.and i dont hear anybody saying "hongkongese" aswell

posted on 22 May 2013, 04:43 2

20. anupam.chopra (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

Apple has outsourced its assembleing unit to Foxconn ( A chinese company ) They are exploiting their workers as slaves resulting into suicides. An independent chinese auditor even called Foxconn's management style, inhumane and abusive.


posted on 22 May 2013, 06:18 5

22. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

This is not a Chinese company, HTC is from Taiwan, it is a Taiwan company, yes, Foxconn have horrible working conditions and they treat their employees like slaves and many workers in Foxconn have committed suicide, but not all Chinese companies are like that!

The worst company is Foxconn.

posted on 22 May 2013, 06:23 8

23. Jack58221 (Posts: 157; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)

exactly, like Sri Lanka is almost part of India, or Norway is almost part of the UK. Or Canada is the largest state in the USA.

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:16 4

27. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

And yet that hasn't stopped Apple or Amazon from manufacturing their products there. Every time I see a report of another suicide at Foxconn, I hold Apple partly responsible.

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:17

29. cdgoin (Posts: 559; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


posted on 22 May 2013, 07:17 1

30. cdgoin (Posts: 559; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

I think that was his point..

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:24 3

32. cdgoin (Posts: 559; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

I found this scary as h*ll..

Fox Con : Revenue in 2011 - 3.4 TRILLION

GDP Of all of Germany (#4 in the world) - 3.4 TRILLION

WTF comes to mind.. does Fox Conn make everything..?

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:54 1

35. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Many things (smartphones, tablets etc.) are made by Foxconn. We always saw the "Made In China" right?

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:55 3

36. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Yeah, me too.

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:26 2

37. roldefol (Posts: 4362; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Don't hate on the state of Canada. Many of America's best comedians are from Canada. Plus we're going to need all that oil from the Tar Sand State to survive the coming apocalypse.

posted on 22 May 2013, 10:26 3

44. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Russell Peters is one of the GREATEST!!!!

posted on 22 May 2013, 10:59 1

47. cdgoin (Posts: 559; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Actually apparently the Wiki that had this "fact" was using the asian or european terms and off by a factor of 100 (Calling Billions Trillions, etc.. ) The business insider has them at 3.6 Billion in operating income. Total revenue of 130 Billion.. still a lot.. but not 3.4 Trillion :)

posted on 23 May 2013, 18:32

52. DnB925Art (Posts: 1054; Member since: 23 May 2013)

Isn't the official name of Taiwan "The Republic of CHINA?" - just sayin'

So in a sense, HTC IS a Chinese company (just not mainland China otherwise known officially as the "People's Republic of China").

Even during the Olympics, Taiwan was referred to as Chinese Taipei (Mainland China did not want Taiwan to use the ROC name during the Olympics).

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