HTC Corporation, which was formerly named High Tech Computer Corporation, is a manufacturer of smartphones and has its headquarters in Taiwan. Initially the company made smartphones based primarily on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system (OS) software, but in 2009 began to shift towards devices based on the Android OS, and then in 2010 to the Windows Phone OS as well.
HTC is a member of the Open Handset Alliance, which is a group of handset manufacturers and mobile network operators dedicated to the advancement of the Android mobile device platform. The HTC Dream, marketed by T-Mobile in many countries as the T-Mobile G1 or Era G1 in Poland, was the first phone on the market to use the Android mobile device platform.
HTC was founded in 1997 by Cher Wang, HT Cho, and Peter Chou. Initially a manufacturer of notebook computers, HTC began designing some of the world's first touch and wireless hand-held devices in 1998. The company has a rich heritage of many "firsts", including creating the first Microsoft-powered smartphone (in 2002) and the first Microsoft 3G phone (in 2005).
In 2000, HTC introduced its first major product - one of the world's first touch screen smartphones. The company started producing 3G-capable phones in early 2005 and made the world's first Android phone in 2008, the HTC Dream (which was also marketed as the T-Mobile G1). It was first released in the United States for pre-order through T-Mobile USA on September 23, 2008, and became available in U.S. T-Mobile stores on October 22, 2008. The G1 was available in the UK several days after its USA launch, and has since been introduced in several countries including Australia and Singapore. In 2009, the company launched the HTC Sense interface for the platform with the HTC Hero.
In March 2010, Apple Inc. filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission claiming infringement of 20 of its patents covering aspects of the iPhone user interface and hardware. HTC disagreed with Apple's actions and reiterated its commitment to creating innovative smartphones. In return, HTC filed a complaint against Apple for infringing on five of its patents and sought to ban Apple products imported into the US from manufacturing facilities in Asia. Apple expanded its original complaint by adding two more patents.
In June 2010, HTC launched the first 4G-capable phone in the United States - the HTC Evo 4G. This was followed by an announcement in July of the same year that HTC would start selling smartphones in China under its own brand name in a partnership with China Mobile. In 2010, HTC sold more than 24.6 million handsets, an impressive increase of 111% over the volume of handsets sold in 2009.
On 16 February 2011, the GSMA named HTC as the "Device Manufacturer of the Year" at the Mobile World Congress. In April 2011, the company's market value surpassed that of Nokia to become the third largest smartphone maker in the world, behind only Apple and Samsung.
On July 6, 2011 it was announced that HTC would buy VIA Technologies' stake in S3 Graphics, thus becoming the majority owner of S3. On August 6 2011, HTC acquired Dashwire for $18.5M. In August 2011, HTC confirmed that HTC would be entering a strategic partnership with Beats Electronics by acquiring 51 percent of Beat's shares.
In the 2011 Best Global Brands rankings, released by Interbrand, HTC was positioned at number 98 and valued at $3.6 billion.
Based on research carried out by Canalys, in the third quarter of 2011, HTC Corporation became the largest smartphone vendor in the U.S. at 24 percent of market share, putting it ahead of Samsung's 21 percent, Apple's 20 percent and Blackberry's 9 percent.
May 2012: HTC Shares Slide as Patent Dispute Delays US Shipments
In May 2012, HTC shares fell after US customs officials held up shipments of its new smartphones.
In December, HTC was found guilty of infringing a patent held by Apple and there is a ban on the sale of any HTC phones in the US that use technology involving that patent. HTC said that it had altered its technology and design, but that the shipments still require inspection.
Shares in the company dropped 6.6% to close at NT$411 on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
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June 2012: HTC Shares Slide as Company Lowers Revenue Forecast
Shares of Taiwan's HTC have fallen 7% on the Taiwan Stock Exchange after the firm lowered its sales and profit forecast for the second quarter. HTC said it now expects a revenue of NT$91bn ($3bn; £1.9bn) for the period, which is 13% lower than its initial projection.
It also cut its projection for operating profit margin to 9% from 11%.
July 2012: HTC Defeats Apple in Court
HTC is claiming victory in a patent dispute with Apple after a ruling by the High Court in London.
The judge ruled that HTC had not infringed four technologies that Apple had claimed as its own. He said Apple's slide-to-unlock feature was an "obvious" development in the light of a similar function on an earlier Swedish handset.
Apple has also cited the patent in disputes against firms using Google's Android operating system software.
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You can find out more about Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC Corporation and its history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Corporation.