Verizon delaying HTC One release for "testing", could this sink HTC?

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Verizon delaying HTC One release for
This definitely isn't the first time that Verizon has delayed a release of something Android related in order to perform "testing", and it probably won't be the last, but this time is a much more dire situation for those involved than a couple of months waiting for an Android software update. This time around, the delay could have a serious impact on HTC, and could be trouble for the company.

HTC has been a company that has been somewhat on the brink for a while now. Despite putting out some really great hardware with the HTC One X last year, the Taiwanese company has continued to slide in the smartphone market. As such, this year's HTC One has been regarded as something of a hail mary attempt by HTC to regain some market share. The hardware of the HTC One is amazing, and even if you don't like BlinkFeed, it's still Android, so you can effectively hide what you don't like. The trouble is that HTC was almost definitely hoping to get a jump on the market before Samsung's Galaxy S IV comes out and in all likelihood makes consumers forget that there are options aside from the Galaxy S line (as has happened in previous years). 

We heard earlier today that the HTC One is still planned for release at the end of the month on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, but the new word is that Verizon will be delaying the release of HTC's new flagship. The report from AllThingsD says that Verizon will be delaying the HTC One launch by "a month or two" because the device is still in Verizon's "testing" process. This has nothing to do with reports that Verizon would be rebranding the HTC One as the HTC DROID DNA+ like we heard yesterday. SlashGear is reporting that an inside source has confirmed that Verizon will release the device as the HTC One, without changes. 

We may not know exactly when the Samsung Galaxy S IV will be released, but it is expected that the S IV will hit the market within the next few weeks, so this delay could completely erase any head start that HTC had been hoping for. Now, HTC will have to deal with not only being outspent by a huge amount on advertising by Samsung, but with having the HTC One release to the largest carrier subscriber base in America delayed by "a month or two". 

Perhaps it wouldn't have made much difference anyway, but HTC has put together a very attractive package with the HTC One, and if nothing else, it's the kind of device that has a fighting chance just on looks alone. But, looks don't matter if you're not on the shelves. Maybe the HTC One will be able to generate enough buzz internationally, and on the other major US carriers to make up for this delay, but it seems to us that it's more likely that customer attention will simply flip to Samsung starting tomorrow. That could be disastrous for HTC, and could kill the company's efforts to make a comeback. 

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48 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So much for no US delay...

30. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

There won't be any delay, from HTC that is. This is a carrier delay, not a manufacturer delay. There's no one to blame but Verizon for this.

2. Gatt85

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

I don't tend to call out typos but the news websites have been full of them today. HTC is not a Chinese company, they are from Taiwan. Please fix the article.

6. alouden unregistered

I don't understand why they keep making this mistake. This is not the first time HTC has been referred to as a Chinese company. Are the writers that nervous about offending China? As for Verizon's move, I think it's more to protect the DNA. Although the DNA ia a decent phone, it seves HTC right for putting out another carrier exclusive. There would be no "delay due to further testing" if the DNA did not exist.

12. jcarrigan unregistered

but the dna sucks except for the 5 inch screen is pretty dumb! the stupid thing doesnt even have a sd card slot, who does that?!?!?! oh yeah the dumbs**ts at apple do that!

34. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

the parent company of android... er-hm GOOGLE... doesnt use SD slots in their Nexus line of devices... and is suggesting its partners to not use them either.

45. jcarrigan unregistered

thus the specific reason why i have never owned a nexus phone. There amazing, everything about the Nexus 4 is great...EXCEPT that I cant expand the memory beyond 16GB, thats like having a ferrari and not being able to go faster than 80mph!!!!

35. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Relax dude. The DNA does not in fact suck. I have one and there is not one phone in Verizon's lineup currently you could make me switch to. My previous phone had 48GB of storage in it, but you know what? I manage just fine with the 16GB of storage on this phone, and so do plenty of other people. NEWS FLASH! This isn't all about you dude, so chill! No one is forcing you to buy anything, and if you are going to lose your mind waiting for a phone, you have bigger issues than who your carrier and what your phone is......smh

47. jcarrigan unregistered

id own a dna if it had a sd card slot. i do actually go over 16gb.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Motorola has started to go that way too. You may have spoken without thinking things thru dude.

46. jcarrigan unregistered

that may be true but it doesnt negate the fact that maybe they should leave the option of a microsd card slot for those that use more than 16gb.

43. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

maybe the writer is on China's side and believes Taiwan is not an independent country but is part of China. If they believe that, then the article isnt wrong.

13. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

You are correct in regards to HTC being a Taiwanese company but it really is part of China. Durring the Chinese cival war Chiang Kai-Shek moved his people to the island of Taiwan and founded the Republic of China in Taipei as his wartime capital in Dec 1949. Shek was the leader of the nationalist forces and Mao was the leader of the communists and the gov't in Beijing has formally declared that they do not recognize Taiwan as an independent country and any attempt at independence would lead to military action by China. The island of Taiwan is 99% Chinese and there are elements within the country that feel that should unify with the mainland. I think the real issue is that regadless of Taiwans status as a country it doesn't matter as most people including myself see it as its sovereign nation. The DNA is not a bad device i just didn't like the small battery and no SD card slot. I knew HTC would have an issue with production but i hope they sort this out quick so i can see a live unit.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If Sammy's GS IV is available on VZW from day one, that could be a serious problem for HTC. However, if VZW is an equal-opportunity tester, the GS IV will suffer a similar delay. I remember going nuts waiting for the Note II to finally ship on VZW. Net-net, IF the One is available on VZW, it will have a month or so to get traction before Sammy sucks the oxygen out of the room.

14. jcarrigan unregistered

yeah i ended up with a gs3 simply becuase verizon took too long to release the note 2 and my older phone completely stopped working :(

4. joshboss

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Second paragraph, third line.. Isn't HTC out of Taiwan?

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think it can't sink HTC One.

7. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

At this rate if you were hyped for the phone doubt a 1 month delay would do anything to your confidence in it. Actually you can put a positive spin on this and say it's to assure that it Performs to it's best abilities.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

People need to understand it takes Verizon time to lock down the phone and strip enough functionality out to make it the least powerful phone on all US networks.

10. theo14461 unregistered

Absolutely agree!! Let Verizon delay this model, there are three other major U.S. carriers getting it. Screw Verizon! Biggest rip-off company in America.

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I don't know about least powerful. But most bloatware infested? Most certainly. Testing isn't done until all the bloatware runs.

24. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

If the DNA wasn't the most powerful phone out right now, your statement might be accurate.

9. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Comparing to AT&T only before... and now AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon (delay)... I think HTC will do better this time.

16. dex-4

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Probably delayed by Verizon needs to load all of their bloatware on.

17. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

"Verizon needs to do further testing" aka add bloatware

18. 3SM.. unregistered

They're trying to find where to put their logo at on the front of the device.

19. a22matic

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I have no experience with Verizon, so I'm only basing my question off what I've read. Wouldn't it have made sense (no pun intended) for HTC to give Verizon the HTC One early (2 months) so they could complete their testing before or right at announcement time? It just seems like the word is out on Verizon, so this should have been in HTC's contingency plan.

20. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

You would think that but even with a head start Verizon would still take forever to test the device. Verizon typically wants the devices to be customized to there speccifications and then they will launch it as a carrier exsclusive. If HTC can get Verizon to launch the device as is with no major changes i will he highly impressed.

22. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

they had a delay with EVO LTE on Sprint as well. HTC lost a great chance to have a head start before s4 unless its one of theri maketing tactics.

25. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Verizon Wireless = Big Red F**k-up! I can't think of one single, solitary piece of good news that was announced from VZW since the Droid launched! Every other announcement has been one big disaster after another. You would think FINALLY getting the GS3 and Note 2 would have been the best news VZW customers could get, but then they were delayed and the OS gutted like a fish! We need to start a "Quit f**king with our phones" petition on change.org or maybe a "Fed up and leaving!" petition. Just to let them know how we feel about paying the most money of any cellular customers, only to keep getting shafted by our carrier. I know I've posted this a lot but... Damn, I can't wait until my contract is up!

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