Insider says HTC is "in utter freefall"
1. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
Continue to not listen to customers and this is what happens. I have no sympathy, it's sad though because 2-3 years ago HTC was a leader in innovation.
7. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
You guys can down vote me as much as you want but HTC needs to hear the truth. I have nothing against HTC and think the ONE is a beautiful phone.
10. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
The ONE is a beautifully designed device...at least as far as the exterior is concerned. But innovation...where in particular? Ultrapixels...really? Consider HTC's patent portfolio realtive to the rest of its peers. It's not exactly leading in that department. If it were, I doubt HTC would've made the error, if you believe it was an error. to source Nokia components for its "Distortion Free Recording".
Which brings to the following question...whatever happened to the Distortion Free Recording on the HTC ONE...is it on the device or not? Bueller...Bueller...
44. androidrocks (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)
Stoli89, please read jcpwn2004 first post again, he wrote --> HTC "WAS" a leader in innovation
66. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
The HTC has innovated with the One more then any other company. They have changed more about how we think of smartphones then the S4, LG Opt. or iPhone. The S4 may be leading in sale but, that says absolutely nothing about innovation. Nobody has Front facing speakers, None of the phones this year have a gapless metal casing. HTC has brought a new button layout to the table. Ultrapixel camera with a practical megapixel count. Had an IR Blaster b4 the S4. New app draw functionality. All of what I just listed were new things brought to the market with the One. I think they are still leading in innovation just not in sales and thats not there fault. Their going up against giants with HUGE marketing budgets.
56. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Its not on the versions of the HTC One produced after they ran out of mics.
96. gnacho2003 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 May 2013)
I was wondering about the distortion free recording myself and emailed HTC asking about it. They got back to me within 12 hours, so the company actually is capable of good customer service, and said that the HTC One actually does have a microphone on the back for noise cancellation.
50. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
You're right. I owned HTC exclusively for 3 years. And man, did they go down hill.
67. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
We agree there. The One is a beautiful phone but, that doen't mean your comment wasn't wrong.
17. Rorschach (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)
Even before this, you are actually going to use that “which” anyone would want to innovate and such is the case with HTC... If only one can assume that on such a basis they could have decided to do more, then HTC could have been much further than this. Ultrapixel? Seriously HTC, is that your answer?
35. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
hey I agree with you. They just lost it.
39. StringCheese01 (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
You know what could easily fix (some of) HTC's problems? DITCH Sense and go with stock Android!
They already make amazing hardware, but their software is overly complicated. Sense is powerful and beautiful, but I think Sammy had better luck with TouchWiz because it was a little less intricate. I hope this doesn't happen I was rooting for HTC :(
80. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
sense is worlds better than TouchWiz imo, lighter and better looking
45. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1218; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Sometimes it takes a company to reach rock bottom before it can truly come out on top. The article mentions T-Mobile and how they were on a path to bankruptcy until they instituted their new "no contract" plans that have helped save the company (and their merger with Metro PCS did help a lot as well, but I moreso think of the merger as giving T-Mobile more time to implement the plans needed to set the company on the right path). I am also reminded of companies like Ford, one of Detroit's Big Three, and how it turned itself around by focusing on building cars consumers wanted (and they did it within a year. They were the first out of the Big Three to post a positive quarterly earnings report.)
You see, from here on out every decision HTC makes counts. They either have to make innovative and quality products or they will fail. I hope the best for them and I hope they become another success story.
57. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
HTC doesn't listen to customers though so they will never regain what they lost.
86. pulkit.tyagi (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)
all these articles talking about HTC's free fall remind me of 2011 & 2012 when nokia was going through the same phase but look at them today they are selling less devices but have returned to making profit . i think HTC still has a chance , they made very good devices up until desire hd and now with HTC one they have shown they can make a very good device.
62. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I think T-Mobile rebounded when AT&T injected $4 billion dollars to T-Mobile for the failed acquisition.
97. lonehawk2k4 (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
i think that money went T-mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom for Deutsche Telekom to use for themselves and not for T-mobile
65. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
HTC has listened to customers. Just because they my not of included whatever feature you wanted doen't mean that you can ignore the tons of other thing HTC as changed year after year based on customer request.
- Streamlined UI. Sense 5 is WAY lighter then Touch Wiz which takes up half of the 16GB S4's memory.
- Attempting to make Sense 5 more intuitive with two button layout.
- HTC One Dev. Edition with Unlocked Boot-loader
- Front facing Speakers
- Premium materials
- Unibody design so your phone doesn't break into peaces every time you drop it.
- Blinkfeed because people wanted their social media in one place
I'm sure there is more...
They even went out of their way, directly breaking their own design strategy of "No moving parts" to make the Chinese version of the HTC One has dual sim slots AND a microSD slot because, because the market overwhelmingly demanded it.
People are always so hard on these companies as if they owe us everything we ask of no matter how impractical. HTC has not let the customers down, in fact it's exactly the opposite.
68. snowgator (Posts: 3597; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Well said, and a excellently written post, my friend. I regret I only have one "thumbs up" to give you.....
87. pulkit.tyagi (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)
there let me help you out ! (Y)
74. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
They should'ev made a designer brand version, with premium materials, with no expense spared to a device that would attract everyone to pose, showoff, fashion, style, and prestige, like the iPhone. But no they should'ev tried with a Special-Edition!
Bootloaders are locked
No SD card
No removal battery
No Devs support
Hardly any ROMS for rooting aswell as for hackers
Listen to what you're customer needs and wants, not what you assume, or think, like!
Good luck, wishing all the best to HTC, bless™
78. ar2730 (Posts: 42; Member since: 24 May 2012)
Personally I don't need an SD card, a removal battery, and I don't do rooting. I consider myself an average consumer. 32 gigabytes an a battery that last all day is enough for me!!! Plus I think the design quality is on par with the iPhone! Th
98. lonehawk2k4 (Posts: 4; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Exactly people that go into these discussions are far more knowledgeable than the average buyer of smartphones and expect more when the status quo of the market is probably going to be lower since they're not that involved with the product. As long as it works and looks good they'll be happy with it without any complaints and they're the majority. Those of us that choose to root are the minorities and for the biggest amount of success companies will target the majority to maximized profit and sales.
Although as far as I know HTC is the only company that actually releases their phones with an unlocked bootloader. Since they knew there was a good amount of people rooting their devices they decided to make it open so it's an easier process. So anyone saying they don't listen to customer I would have to respectfully disagree with that point.
oh jeez this ended up being a lot longer than I thought. I guess thats what I get for ranting lol
2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
HTC and Peter Chou, don't give up, this is not the end of the world.
Keep it up! You're the One!
4. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
You think Chou is good? I think he's pretty ignorant. All he seems to care about when making new phones is Design and gimmicks like beats by dre or blink feed.
9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Chou is a good CEO. Blinkfeed and Beats by Dre is not gimmick, Blinkfeed gives you latest news and Beats by Dre (speaker, headphone) have the best sound quality in my opinion.
20. cakvalasc (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)
I just got the HTC one and love Blinkfeed and the speaker setup, it is fantastic design.
22. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
You got the HTC One? Awesome!
29. Rorschach (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)
Blinkfeed, speakers nor the design contribute to adding a better user experience. GS4 gimmicks > HTC One.