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While the public may never know how much HTC (2498) is paying Apple (AAPL) for every Android device it sells, Samsung’s (005930) attorneys are about to find out. AppleInsider reports that United States Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal ruled on Wednesday that Apple must produce “an unredacted version of the settlement agreement” for Samsung’s attorneys to review “without delay.” This is significant because, as AllThingsD reported Wednesday, Apple and HTC had originally offered to show Samsung’s lawyers a redacted version of the 10-year agreement that had been cut down to just 33 words.
Things haven’t been going well for HTC (2498). The company continues to lose market share to Samsung (005930) and Apple (AAPL), among others, and has seen its stock plummet over the past year. It was only a short time ago that HTC was riding high in the mobile space — in the third quarter of 2011, the Taiwanese manufacturer led Samsung to take the top spot in the U.S. smartphone market. The company couldn’t keep its lead, however, and sales of its One-series smartphones have been less than spectacular. HTC needs a game-changer and it believes it has found it with the DROID DNA smartphone on Verizon Wireless (VZ). In a crowded mobile market, is HTC’s latest effort too little too late?
Apple (AAPL) and HTC (2498) last week ended their patent disputes with a 10-year licensing agreement that covers all current, pending and future patents. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, although the Cupertino-based company is believed to be making between $6 to $8 for every Android smartphone HTC sells. According to Reuters, Samsung (005930) filed paperwork on Friday asking a United States judge to force Apple to hand over a copy of its agreement with HTC. The iPhone-maker had previously stated that it was not interested in licensing its patents, claiming that doing so would prevent it from permanently banning devices that infringe its technology. Experts note, however, that HTC would not have settled with Apple had it not included all of its patents. Samsung is now arguing that Apple’s willingness to license its patents to HTC indicates that the $1.05 billion in damages Samsung is required to pay should be sufficient compensation.
Waiting for the latest Android update is usually a hit or a miss if you don’t have the latest high-end smartphone. HTC (2498) says it’s prioritizing One X and One S devices to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Once the update gets pushed out for those devices, the company will work on getting Jelly Bean running on devices that it launched in 2012. As far as 2011 devices, HTC says it’ll see if it’s doable after the evaluation for all the 2012 devices wraps up. Anyone with a One V or Desire C are out of luck, as HTC says it won’t be updating any devices with 512MB of RAM. Lastly, as DroidLife notes, it’s not clear if the Thunderbolt and its 768MB of RAM qualifies for Jelly Bean or not, but seeing as it still hasn’t received its promised Ice Cream Sandwich update, Jelly Bean isn’t looking too likely.
Following BGR’s exclusive report that HTC (2498) is planning to launch a new 5-inch smartphone on Verizon Wireless (VZ) this fall, we have seen a number of alleged specs and images of the rumored device. Long-time HTC modder and XDA-developers forum member “Football,” who has reported accurate details surrounding unannounced devices in the past, confirmed additional specs on his Twitter page on Monday. According to the XDA member, HTC’s “DLX” will feature a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 2,500 mAh non-removable battery. Previous rumors have indicated that the device could be marketed as the DROID Incredible X and will run Sense 5 atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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HTC is having a bit of a rough patch on the financial side, and Taiwan’s Central Bank Governor Perng Fai-nan has asked the government to step in and offer an assist, saying the smartphone manufacturer’s financial status is “of vital importance to the islands’ gross domestic product” according to the Commercial Times.
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HTC is pulling out of the Brazilian smartphone market, according to a company spokesperson speaking with Android Pit. The troubled Taiwanese manufacturer will be “completely shutting down their operations in Brazil,” laying off dozens of employees and halting device wholesales immediately, meaning the new HTC One-series will not makes its way to the South American country. The company has promised, however, that it will continue to support existing devices. “After analyzing the sales numbers, we have decided to pull out of the Brazilian market,” an HTC spokesperson said. Brazil recently passed Germany and France in global smartphone market share with more than 27 million people owning smartphones. HTC’s chief executive Peter Chou recently revealed that the company does not plan to offer low-end smartphones in an attempt to bolster sales.
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