HTC hasn’t been doing to well lately. Although at this point it just seems like we’re beating a dead horse. We’ve been saying for a good year and a half that HTC needs help. We’ve even heard speculation of another company buying HTC. In fact, we heard all kinds of people saying Apple would buy them after the arrangement the two companies made late last year regarding the patents HTC was infringing on. Earlier this week, one of EE Times analysts, Alice Sun posted a rumor on Sina Weibo, that HTC chairwoman Cher Wang is giving up making mobile phones and that she has already put HTC on the market with a price.
Normally Alice Sun is known for reliable insights, this one in particular was quickly shot down by HTC. Including HTC China head Ray Yam who allegedly responded to a text message inquiry from Mobile China Alliance’s secretary. At the corporate family day event yesterday, Wang assured her colleagues that HTC will not be sold. This is all according to a Taiwanese publication, UDN.
Engadget has received a statement from HTC which pretty much echoes what Wang said at the event:
“Based on recent inquiries related to rumors that HTC is looking to sell the company, we want to confirm that those rumors are untrue. HTC is committed to innovation and will continue to deliver new designs and products to consumers worldwide. We appreciate the support and affirmation of our customers and have new initiatives underway to further build our global presence and a full resurgence of the HTC brand.”
Sun has deleted her original Weibo post “for some peace and quiet.” But Sun has also implied in a follow-up post that time will tell the truth. It’s not looking good for HTC, but I’m not sure they are at the point of selling the company just yet. But as Sun said time will tell.
I’ve been a big fan of HTC, and I love their devices. But lately they just can’t seem to get their devices out there like they need too. Yes, they launched the One on three of the major US carriers with Verizon getting it who knows when. We know it’s coming to Verizon, but we don’t know when. At this point, by the time it gets there it’ll be old news and we’ll be seeing the successor rumored for big red. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for HTC, but I think it’s time for another OEM to shine. Like maybe LG or Sony? That would be a great change for the Android market, right?
How many of you are surprised to see HTC immediately shoot down the rumor that they are for sale? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.