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HTC releases interim November results, growth down 20%

updated 06:05 am EST, Tue December 6, 2011

HTC struggles in the face of iPhone 4S, Samsung

HTC has released its interim financial results (pdf) for the month of November and, as expected, it showed its first sequential slowdown in sales in two years. The unaudited results indicate that HTC recorded a 19.6 percent reduction in growth over the same period last year. The company foreshadowed the dip in its Q3 financial call last month, with the arrival of the iPhone 4S, particularly its appearance on the Sprint network, making an impact.

HTC's sales were $1.03 billion in November, which still represented a strong result, however the company's sales in November 2010 were as high as $1.28 billon. Although HTC has new phones on the market including the Vivid, Rezound and Sensation XL, however it is also facing stiff competition from other Android makers, notably Samsung.

Samsung, for the second year running, won the right to produce the flagship handset for the its latest operating system, this time making the Galaxy Nexus which sports the highly anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Prior to its arrival, the Samsung Galaxy S II has been considered the must-have Android handset, somewhat consigning HTC to the shade.

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  1. SockRolid

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    HTC could face a ban

    Last July, Apple won a suit against HTC. The ITC (U.S. International Trade Commission) found that HTC's phone designs had infringed two of Apple's patents. HTC appealed, and the ruling on that appeal will come down on December 14th.

    If HTC loses the appeal, the ITC could enforce a sales ban of HTC Android phones in the U.S. and/or Apple could sue HTC for damages in federal court. With plenty of legal precedent. But the news gets even worse for Android. The technology that infringes Apple's patents is part of Android. It's in *all* Android phones and tablets.

    Florian Muller, widely known as a patent expert and publisher of the FOSS Patents blog, said this after the summer ruling:

    "Google's Android mobile operating system is in serious trouble. [...] Those patents are apparently infringed by code that is at the core of Android. [...] This could (in a worst-case scenario) result in an import ban against all Android-based HTC products in the U.S. market."

    This could be the big one. The game changer. Because *all* Android phones infringe on those two patents. Start microwaving your popcorn...

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