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IDC: Smartphones now more popular than feature phones

These days, it’s almost surprising to see someone using an old-school flip phone, and now some numbers from the IDC prove that a majority of people are using smartphones for the first time ever. Shipments of smartphones took over those of feature phones in the first quarter, as more than half of cellphone shipments (418.6 million) were… Read More

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Hoping to halt sinking profits, HTC debuts One smartphone

The flagship phone that could put an end to HTC’s sinking profits finally hit stores Friday. The long-awaited HTC One is available today by AT&T and Sprint, both online and at their retail stores. You can also purchase it at Best Buy, RadioShack, Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, Costco, Car Toys, Sam’s Club, HSN.com, and HTC.com. Both Sprint and AT&T are… Read More

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Report: Lumia 920 rises to top of Windows Phone market

Nokia’s Lumia 920 is now the most widely used Windows Phone device, reaching 14 percent of usage, and Nokia is by far the biggest maker of Windows Phones, with upwards of 80 percent of the market for Microsoft-powered devices. That’s the word from AdDuplex, an app-promotion service for Windows Phone and Windows 8, drawing from its latest… Read More

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Profits sink at HTC on delay of new HTC One smartphone

HTC, the Taiwan-based smartphone maker whose North American operations are located in the Seattle area, posted weak earnings today driven in part by the delayed launch of the HTC One. The company’s net income fell to $2.8 million, the sixth straight decline and a 98 percent drop, reports Bloomberg. HTC delayed the launch of its… Read More

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HTC settles FTC charges over mobile security holes

HTC America has settled FTC charges alleging that lax security practices on its smartphones and tablets left the door open for malicious programs to hijack phones and compromise the privacy of millions of users. The FTC complaint says HTC’s use of the logging programs Carrier IQ and HTC Loggers, combined with programming flaws, created the potential… Read More

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HTC ‘Blinkfeed’: New attempt at smartphone stream

HTC this morning unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One, an LTE device with an aluminum unibody and a 4.7-inch HD screen, running Android Jelly Bean. The new phone will be available in March, and carriers will include Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile USA. And then there’s the new HTC “Blinkfeed” feature that will come… Read More

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Windows Phone Diary: So long Lumia 920, hello HTC 8X

A couple weeks after switching from an iPhone to a Lumia 920 Windows Phone, I was struggling to explain why I was having such a hard time handling the Nokia device, until another Lumia 920 user put it in perspective for me: It feels like holding a Pop-Tart. The combination of thickness, width and weight… Read More

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Tech Moves: aQuantive co-founder Galgon joins Real’s board; Madrona hires PR vet; Expedia changes; etc.

Rob Glaser continues to overhaul the board of directors at RealNetworks, today announcing that aQuantive co-founder Mike Galgon has joined as a director. “Mike is one of the more accomplished technology entrepreneurs in Seattle’s history,” said Glaser in a press release. “We look forward to tapping into his deep understanding of digital media, advertising, and e-commerce… Read More

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HTC profits getting battered by Apple and Samsung

Mobile phone maker HTC is attempting a comeback with its HTC One lineup of Android phones, and some eye-catching Windows Phones on the way. But in the meantime, the company is struggling to regain its footing. The Taiwan-based company, which has its U.S. headquarters just outside of Seattle, reported a 79 percent decline in profits… Read More

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HTC aims for ‘iconic’ Windows Phones with 8X and 8S

HTC this morning unveiled two new Windows Phones, the HTC 8S and 8X, that look as if they were actually made for the Microsoft operating system, not simply adapted from the mobile phone company’s existing Android lineup. This is what HTC president Jason Mackenzie was hinting at in an interview with GeekWire two weeks ago, saying… Read More

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Q&A: HTC’s global sales chief on Android, Windows, Samsung, and HTC’s future

HTC built its business on Microsoft’s mobile operating system before making a big bet on Android, and for a while the mobile phone company experienced serious success with that strategy. But this year HTC has slipped, posting disappointing profits in the face of stiff competition from Samsung on Android. Meanwhile, Microsoft has been strengthening its… Read More

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HTC pulls plug on data backup service, promises new offering

Phone maker HTC is shutting down HTCSense.com, a backup service that allows users to save contacts, messages, photos and other material in the cloud. Users are encouraged to take possession of their information by April 30th at which time the data will be deleted. “HTCSense.com is undergoing a renovation to improve the services and value… Read More

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CES: HTC Titan II Windows Phone boasts 16MP camera

Posting from Las Vegas: On stage at AT&T’s event here just now, HTC CEO Peter Chou detailed plans to offer a new Windows Phone running on AT&T’s LTE network — with a built-in 16 megapixel camera, better than in many standalone consumer cameras. More details for the camera geeks in the audience: The camera comes… Read More

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HTC posts record profit, buoyed by sales of Android devices

HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone giant which maintains North American operations in Bellevue, posted record profit during the third quarter as demand continues to rise for phones made with the Android operating system. The company’s net income was $608 million for the quarter.  It also posted its sixth straight quarter of record sales. Analysts tell The… Read More

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U.S. high-tech industry lost 115,800 jobs last year

Don’t tell this to Amazon.com, Facebook, Google or the countless startup companies in Seattle that are struggling to find high-quality talent. But a new report out from the TechAmerica Foundation shows that the U.S. high-tech industry lost 115,800 jobs last year, marking a two percent decline. Bloomberg notes that it is the second year of falling… Read More

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HTC has a ‘Charm’ of its own, dangling from new phone

HTC’s new Rhyme phone, announced this morning for Verizon Wireless, is an attempt to make an Android phone that appeals more to women, and one of the included accessories is actually pretty interesting. Whether or not women — or anyone else — will actually use this thing is another issue, but it’s a simple idea… Read More