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.

source: HTC

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22 Comments

1. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I hope they return strong sometime

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I applaud HTC for their innovations and uniqueness in the tech industry. They always sets the trend for everyone to follow. Happy 20 anniversary.

3. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

"They always sets the trend for everyone to follow." Maybe if we were still in 2010... but that isn't valid anymore. HTC doesn't set trends anymore.

4. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

I totally agree with you , they should upgrade they way of thinking,

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Everyone follows the dual camera setup. Not to mention the full Metal body design, front facing speakers, and blinkfeed news aggregater. So they still sets the trends.

12. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

1. their dual camera was for dual focus right? some companies like Nokia did that first with software, so their implementation was just gimmick 2. full metal phone were there since old days, if am not mistaken even Nokia N8 use metal 3. if am not wrong nokia 700 used front facing speaker and many Nokia phone

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

HTC : gimmick. Other OEMs : pure innovation. Logic.

22. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

if you can use dual camera to achieve things which has never been done then that is innovation. but htc dual camera was just for refocus, is that hard to understand it is gimmick? and all time refocus on Nokia did work well compare to htc dual camera, this is video from pocketnow they did compare themhttps://youtu.be/sxAVxgzX7Tc

18. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Give them credit were they deserve... Made metal unibodies popular with the One (M7). Made dual speakers popular with the One. Made high quality wide angle lens front facing cameras popular again with the One M7. First to experiment with dual cameras. Made headphone out amps popular with the One (8x before it even) If they stopped setting trends is because of people like you, that no matter what they do will always hate on them to follow the bandwagon. If the market is ruled by Samsung and Apple (which it is) we will start having less choice and it's obviously worse for us as consumers. So i really don't understand why hating on the underdog will benefit you as a consumer.

21. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

serious? you think m7 was popular than Nokia n8? those symbian phone were very famous in their days, because you dont know them doesnt make m7 popular. we use to discuss in Nokia fan blogs on how htc get free ride by copy each and everything from Nokia i will list few here -blinkfeed- this was copied from Nokia n9 where you can set your favourite site to display in one screen. -HAAC (HDR)audio- without shame HTC did steal this Audio chip https://mspoweruser.com/htc-found-to-be-using-nokias-proprietary-haac-microphones-in-htc-one -htc 8x and 8s looked exactly like lumia line up -Nokia camera app- award winning Nokia camea app were copied by htc in m8 you can see it herehttps://s.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/adam/b73ef0c9dec9a9dce802f417f84bf017/Screenshot_2014-03-23-19-18-17.jpg am not sure if they still using it at the end Nokia decide to sue them in many countries and you know what? Nokia won all those case easily, http://www.fosspatents.com/2013/10/nokia-wins-patent-case-against-htc-in.html

7. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

actual they use to copy Nokia everytime, just look at their early device they look exactly like famous Nokia at that time.

5. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

it would lot better if htc would stick wuth metal desgin and bigger 3500mah battery epic fail htc U11and lg g6 bye bye

6. logicsdude

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

I legitimately didn't get an HTC phone in the earlier android days entirely because of sense UI

8. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

HTC One M7 was my favourite One

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Indeed. Other than the s**tty camera, it is one of the best phones ever made and one of the most phones I enjoyed using it. I hope there is a 2017 edition with an upgraded specs.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree Husband had it and it was a great phone. Also have to give props to HTC because even after the phone was over two years old and the camera got the purple screen I went on HTC site and filled out the complaint the next day I had a shipping label I sent it in they fixed it and I had it back in 5 days. Something Samsung or Apple will not do or any of the others. Not a dime out of my pocket.

10. tani24

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

A great company: it may have had its ups and downs, but it was and still continues to be innovative and quietly brilliant: good luck hTC, hope to see you for many more years being at the top of the tech industry, where you belong!

14. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

They did so many firsts but they failed to patent those ideas. Now look everyone freely took their ideas and made a lot of money from it

15. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Things to appreciate definitely and now competition is tough.

16. Orion78

Posts: 212; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Ummmmmm EVO 4G?

19. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

HTC got killed by their extremely poor quality control.

20. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Without the help of mainland China, HTC will not as shine as previous and only continue stay niche

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