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.