Can HTC's superphones worry Samsung? HTC President seems to think so

Can HTC's superphones worry Samsung? HTC President seems to think so
HTC used to be a fearsome figure in the Android space. Having built both the very first and second Android phones, the manufacturer had accumulated significant experience with the OS by the time the other companies joined the party. However, a few handset generations later and HTC is no longer the go-to manufacturer for Android devices. Nowadays, it is Samsung that is the king of the Android hill. The South Koreans are selling tons of handset to millions of people, while HTC is finding it hard to cope with the highly-competitive landscape.

Even though these might be tough times for the Taiwanese, it's good to know that the spirit of the company is still strong! How do we know? Well, it turns out that the President of HTC's North Asian division, Jack Tong, has said that due to the success of the HTC DROID DNA / J Butterfly / Butterfly superphone, Samsung has been making "fewer moves" recently, in order to see what HTC is going to do next. According to Tong, that "means HTC has the ability to make Samsung worried."

Why not? Things are progressing so wildly in the mobile industry that a company can literally go from top to bottom and from bottom to top in just a couple of years. To be honest, we don't believe that Samsung will be going anywhere soon, but HTC does have a chance of making it big again, should it manage to build on the success of the DROID DNA with its upcoming smartphones.

We doubt it that Samsung is too worried right now, but it is true that Samsung can learn a thing or two from HTC.

via: AndroidAuthority

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117 Comments

110. anshul0000 unregistered

i used to appreciate htc devices but htc proved me wrong.....last year htc released a stripped down version of original one s in asia.....they repeated the same thing with desire sv.....how can they expect us to buy them?

105. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I have(had) 4 HTC phones...all of them great! No bugs, no defects, perfect devices...I will never choose Samsung phone...the beauty of the phone is too important for me.

91. quawy2013

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 14, 2013

HTC sucks...Sammy is not woried

89. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Why the hell is everyone here a die hard Samsung fan? I swear, if anyone prefers any OEM to Samsung, its the end of the world. I thought android was supposed to be open, not just Samsung. I've never had problems with any HTC phone I've owned (minus the Pure, but that was because of WM6). and everyone hating on HTC probably has never owned an HTC phone or just one bad one. I literally feel like its the same situation with Apple that is happening to Samsung. They've become popular and cool, so everyone will defend them to their death like Apple. Its silly. I've heard super good things about the DNA (except lack of SD which was Verizon's fault, not HTC), yet everyone says its terrible because its not Samsung. And what die hard features are on the S3 that are lacking in HTCs? SmartStay? PopUp video? Those seem rather useless to me. I mean, everyone is like "Vanilla or Touchiz only plz" but Sense has at least the same features as vanilla, nor has it lagged since 4+, at least accrding to nesrly everyone who actually OWNS a newer HTC. But still they're terrible for no reason. What gives? I like Samsung, but they've succeeded in becoming a popular successful phone brand, not necessarily making the absolute best phone possible.

96. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

huh ?? im Open with all brands but im sure that Touchwiz and stylus capabilities are what im after always because of so many reasons.. another thing that HTC lacks is the camera factor..

104. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

... I like HTC and Motorola, but that's just me.

83. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

The problem with HTC, is each phone has a key feature missing or jacked up. Or exclusive. HTC should have made a revision to the evo lte with a bigger batter and higher specs and the camera possible. It's definitely the most sharpest looking HTC. But it has a bad camera, battery and it was exclusive for sprint? Idiots. The one plus or whatever is called has a stupid name and boring. The DNA is awesome but battery. Limited storage. Exclusivity... Omg. I want to join that company and fix it. Starting with replacing all the pundants and reorganizing it

80. vandroid

Posts: 406; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

HTC is a joke I use to be a huge fan now I don't think I'm gonna use another one of their devices for a long time

75. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

From what I remember- and feel free to correct my timeline or facts, as I am going off my somewhat questionable memory- HTC really took off about the same time Android took off- about 2009. HTC Sense was a very respected UI. The only skin everyone agreed complimented Android, not complicated it. It had a a polished feel, a very professional looking skin, and really added some decent functions. It was when they went overboard with Sense that their problems started. It made their devices buggy, and made updates tougher to manage. As their updates and software became less appealing, so did their devices. It didn't help that when Windows Phone replaced Windows Mobile in 2010 that WP was not ready for prime time. HTC was a leading device manufacturer of Microsoft powered devices, so they also took a major sales hit creating a dependency on Android. So, it isn't the "hardware" side of HTC that has EVER been in question. I was all in on HTC, even after I decided on WP. I loved their phone builds. The problem is their software. Samsung toned down their UI and started promoting and supporting their Androids. They became #1 almost despite complaints of their build. HTC needs to show a true dedication to their ONE series and WP 8 devices. They need to ensure their Sense is a good UI again- not something so over done it slows the Android OS down. Do these things, and their quality will shine. If not, they become an Android developer trying to fend off an improving group of companies like Sony and Motorola, and Samsung will just simply laugh off these statements as they continue to dominate.

103. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"From what I remember- and feel free to correct my timeline or facts, as I am going off my somewhat questionable memory- HTC really took off about the same time Android took off- about 2009. HTC Sense was a very respected UI. The only skin everyone agreed complimented Android, not complicated it. It had a a polished feel, a very professional looking skin, and really added some decent functions. " That year they also made a 4.3" phone for Win Mo....they basically started the big phone market.

74. phoneman09

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

That's a good one HTC. I don't think so.

73. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The HTC fans here are in denial. First, the Samsung Galaxy S2 looked nothing like an iphone and Samsung was patient with the phone. Sure it ended up selling over 20 million handsets but that was simply through word of mouth and the fact that it destroyed the Atrix and Sensation easily. It was hardly advertised and the same model was not released on every carrier. The galaxy S1 on the other hand, didn't really sell much at all. The GS3 success was well staged and well planned, meaning it was totally earned and wasn't because of advertising. Two, another reason why HTC is horrible is because they never learn. The power button continues to be in a very non ergonomic place, the micro usb port continues to be annoying to use, except with the HTC 8x, but I believe Microsoft forced them too or they still wouldn't change. The batteries that they use continue to be too small. Also every HTC device that I purchase continue to have build defects. This never happens to the Samsung devices I purchase. Not exactly my idea of great build quality. HTC really needs to get a new designer or introduce a more strict quality control instead of paying Apple money that they do not deserve. Speaking of that, I will never purchase an HTC device ever again because Apple is not getting even 1 cent from me.

95. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

you have a point :D s2 myt be an iphone's design copy but internals started the beast fight on android.. and this phone made sammy worth to be followed by many users. so after s2 they diddnt rely too much on advertising but came out with a SMARTphone that will really attract customers :D

97. vandroid

Posts: 406; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Denial? HTC has been lacking and the galaxy s1 was good when I had it

70. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I hope HTC improves, because Android cannot just be about Samsung. LG and Panasonic and Pantech, and Kyocera need to step it up, also. The last superphone for HTC was the ONE X and ONE X+...how is that working out for HTC?

67. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Motorola is a rising storm too. Samsung better batten down the hatches to quote the Dark Knight Rises. ;)

71. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I hope so...

66. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Cautious you mean? Samsung holds the tech right now in just about every vital component electronics. Best screens One of the best gpu/cpu and engineers for optimization Best ram Extremely competitive spirit. Not many know but Sony helped samsung during its foundation. And in a few short years they exceeded Sony as the president said he would.

64. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

First make a phone with bigger battery or atleast a replaceable one HTC...

59. Kev50027

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

As far as I can tell, the Droid DNA's only trump card is the screen. It doesn't have expandable memory, the display isn't that big, the battery life isn't good, the battery isn't replaceable, and from what I've heard, the design is a bit more delicate than it looks. I compared the two extensively and went with the Galaxy Note II.

56. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It is doubtful unless they 1. get the same phone on all carriers like samsung, and seriously improve their update process. That and if the new sense is as resource hungry and buggy as previous versions they still will fail. Oh and HTC advertise the crap out of your phones so people know about your phones.

37. Deadeye37

Posts: 316; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I think HTC can fight back if they just do a few things: -sell their flagship phone(s) on all carriers a-la SGSIII/Note II -put the microSD slot back in their flagship phone(s) (removable batteries would be nice also) -step up their marketing big time! -don't make any stupid moves.

72. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

that last bullet could be tough for HTC to do.

33. centurion

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

htc phone are good but the updates suck or could be the carrier. an that why samsung is much better an still win over htc

23. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

HTC can't begin to make Samsung worried. HTC makes some of the best devices but they're still not on Samsung's level yet.

106. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Only in advertising.

19. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Apple Is the only threat samsung faces and vice versa in all terms. While the rest.....Lol. like they can release a phone targeting the market of sgs3 and i5.

18. IU_Lover

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Phones with similar designs just don't work, look at apple and htc. Both of them each have similar design language for some time already. Those companies don't necessary do bad, but their sales has shown some dipping.

17. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

HTC need to keep F***ing them self in the as, they doing a good at it.

16. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Motorola X phone is the phone to beat... Sorry HTC, i'm defecting to Motorola soon. Maybe if s-off is easier to achieve, then I'll consider staying...

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