HTC bigwig: Samsung wielded component supply as ‘competitive weapon’

HTC bigwig: Samsung wielded component supply as ‘competitive weapon’The mobile industry is a funny old thing, with bitter rivals often providing crucial components and what not. Heck, just look at Apple and Samsung, the world’s top two smartphone manufacturers.

Speaking of Samsung, HTC’s North Asia president, Jack Tong, explains how the Taiwanese manufacturer got burned by the South Koreans back in 2010 with the HTC Desire.

Rewinding back to a time before our hallowed pages existed, the first big name Android handsets began to emerge.

In the blue corner was the HTC Desire, while the red corner saw the original Samsung Galaxy S.

It might be hard to imagine now, but the HTC Desire was largely regarded as the better phone. Nowadays, the Desire name is synonymous with budget shenanigans, while the Galaxy S series is, like, the biggest thing ever.

Back then, however, the HTC Desire was the bee's knees, and Samsung mysteriously announced it could no longer produce AMOLED panels for its Taiwanese rival, just as the handset was proving hugely popular.

As such, HTC was forced to change up, and the Desire began shipping with a Super LCD display alternative instead.

Tong mourns: "We found that key component supply can be used as a competitive weapon.”

On the subject of supply, Focus Taiwan explains that the country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs is looking to establish a chain within Taiwan, thus reducing costs for the likes of HTC, Asus and Acer. Interesting.

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Stelph  May. 30, 2013 at 16:05

God, EVERYONE had the HTC desire bacl then, and if they didnt they they got the HTC Wildfire (and then massively regretted it and never bought HTC ever agin, which is maybe why so many dont get HTC now?) its amazing how much HTC have falled

JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2013 at 18:14

But Stelph, Htc are lucky - people actually talk about them, and some even wish them well - for the One they even get more credit than it deserves realistically. Other Android makers aren't doing much better; or even worse. Samsung are essentially Android's iPhone maker. And Android's Nokia in the budget kinda way. And unless Tizen completely bombs, Samsung will also net the niche device lovers.
Shame is that the One has good things going for it: the camera is very good while creating small files - very valuable on a mobile device. That's actual innovation imho! A lot more useful than arthritis inducing hover touch :p

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