HTC sales continue to decline
HTC's sales slip further as rivals Apple and Samsung continue to dominate the smartphone market
HTC's sales are still on the decline, according to the company's latest report for February, which shows a 44 percent drop from the same time last year. That would make it HTC's lowest sales level in three years. With any luck, this will be the worst of it. HTC did, after all, just release its newest flagship smartphone, the HTC One. If all goes well, the new device will help push those numbers up to a healthy figure -- at the very least, it should help the company regain some of what's been lost.
As CNET points out, the first quarter tends to be a rough spot for many handset vendors. But keeping in line with that, vendors that experience a difficult first quarter have typically had a strong fourth quarter. However, that wasn't the case for HTC, which also showed bleak fourth quarter results. It would seem that HTC is having one heck of a time attempting to keep up with the likes of Apple's iPhone and other Android-based devices like Samsung's Galaxy lineup.
The company revealed its HTC One phone just a few weeks ago, ahead of MWC 2013 and it was met with a good deal of fanfare. Still, it remains unclear just how well the device will go over with potential buyers. One thing is certain, HTC definitely has its work cut out for it with Apple and Samsung both just months away from releasing their own new devices. Apple is rumored to launch an iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 sometime early this summer, while Samsung is slated to announce its flagship Galaxy S4 during its Unpacked event on March 14.
We've also heard that Samsung could launch the next version of its popular phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, as early as September 2013.
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