HTC plans for Apollo and the Titan II
It looks like HTC is firmly on board with Windows Phone Apollo with plans to launch new devices when the Apollo update hits later this year.
Kouji Kodera, HTC's Chief Product Officer stated,
Kodera also confirmed that the HTC Titan II, that is due on the AT&T network in March, will eventually find its way outside the U.S. Market. He didn't get too specific on where the Titan II would land or when but did note that Australia would be getting the 4.7" screened Windows Phone.
source: Pocket-lint (opens in new tab); Thanks, Stuart, for the tip!
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If Nokia will be the only oem MS may as well get the purchase over with and control it all similar to Apple.
They're not planning on releasing a Tango phone, so that's not really true.
the radar is selling more than the lumia
Not true. Nokia outsold HTC by a significant margin last quarter.
what more do u want them to do?
Commit to the platform. Release as extensive a series of options for Windows as for Android. Launch phones on prepay and postpay carriers. Bring their best phones to all the major carriers. Heck, bring their entire range of phones to all the major carriers. Advertise Windows Phone handsets with the same amount of commitment that they advertise Android handsets.
They're not doing any of this. Nokia is. That's why Nokia is pushing them into a distant second place in the Windows race after just one quarter.
IE is MUCH faster and smoother. Even with twin 1.5 GHz cores, the Android browser stutters, freezes and crashes.
Here are just a few examples of some phones they could launch with tech they have today:
1) Beats-based handsets (in conjunction with Zune, this would be a very interesting play);
2) High-end HSPA+ unit for T-Mobile USA;
3) Higher-capacity RAM handsets (with 32 or 64 GB of RAM to appeal to the "not enough storage" people);
4) Ruggedized versions with extended battery life and water/shock resistance;
5) A low-end prepaid version for Virgin Mobile (similar to the Android handsets they're producing for that carrier).
All of them would be unique devices that nobody else is making. HTC could make them if they took the WP market seriously... unfortunately, they don't take the WP market seriously. "No new phones for a year" demonstrates that.
HTC does not exists to commit to platforms that have not shown overwhelming consumer adoption rates. HTC operates with finite resources and has shareholders to answer to. Don't take it wrong, I am a huge WP7 fan and we have three in my household. I believe WP7 is going to become a dominant ecosystem. But business is business and the deployment of capital is goverened by net present values and internal rates of return based on risk adjusted / discounted cash flows. That is the bottom line.
It is not fair to paint HTC with the same brush as Nokia because HTC did not paint themselves into the same corner that Nokia did. And I have much respect for Nokia and what Stephen Elop is doing there. When Apollo hits, all will be well.