What do you do when your smartphone business is in deep trouble and you've just heard your hail mary device is going to be delayed. You buy another company's smartphone division that's in even more trouble, obviously.
Welcome one and all to the latest corporate rumour doing the rounds in Japan: that HTC is about to snap up Panasonic's troubled smartphone division.
To complete the analogy, by the way, that hail mary device is of course the HTC One, which the HTC leadership has now confirmed has been hit by serious manufacturing issues and won't launch on time practically anywhere.
That Panasonic is looking to sell is no surprise. Its ambitious plans of a couple of years ago to conquer Europe and the US afresh with its Android line of smartphones failed spectacularly, and the company has already made it clear (though not officially) that its global smartphone ambitions have been scrapped as part of larger restructuring (read: cost-cutting) plans.
So why would HTC or TSMC buy? Well, in HTC's case there is some logic. Panasonic retains a moderate presence in the Japanese phone market, which would be a logical place for HTC to focus its attentions should its own European and US presence continue to slide.
As for TSMC, it's the world's biggest semiconductor manufacturer, and business is good right now considering the explosion of “smart” devices, so maybe it's looking to expand its business into other areas.
To be honest, either way it's not a move that's likely to impact UK mobile users in any serious way in the foreseeable future, though it could play a part in HTC's wider fortunes going forward. But considering it's involving a couple of technology's “household names” and one of its biggest players on the component side, it's an interesting snippet of rumourage all the same.
Via Unwired View