HTC celebrates 20 years of innovation by looking back and looking ahead (VIDEO)
Days after introducing its latest phone, the U11, HTC released a video that celebrates its 20 years in the competitive business of manufacturing mobile devices. Because the company often built handsets for other firms, you might not have realized that HTC was involved in the production of many game changing smartphones. That includes the first Android powered handset, which was marketed in the U.S. as the T-Mobile G1.
In early 2010, Google launched the Nexus series with the Nexus One, which was actually built by HTC. The Nexus branded devices all feature stock Android, which eliminates the use of manufacturers' custom UI. Nexus devices are also known for being among the first to get updated to the next build of Android. Other phones that you might be surprised to learn were actually produced by HTC include the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, and the Google Pixel/Pixel XL.
The video found at the top of this story also reveals that HTC was responsible for a number of major accomplishments. The company delivered one of the first 3G capable phones, and one of the first smartphones to come with integrated GPS capabilities. And of course, the HTC ThunderBolt was the world's first 4G enabled Android handset. The innovations continued with the HTC One (M7), the first all metal phone employing an internal antenna.
"Brilliance," says HTC on the video, "is a never ending pursuit. The company states that it combined technology, humanity and imagination to create Vive, its Virtual Reality system that will "change the way we live, learn, play, work and believe."
The first twenty years of HTC saw some amazing changes and breakthroughs in smartphones, tablets and other related devices. The next twenty years could bring about even more incredible innovations, and the company hopes to be among those tech firms playing a huge role in bringing these new products to the marketplace.