What with all the buzz being generated about the new HTC Desire, people are curious to find out all they can about the company behind it. Here’s a quick breakdown of the new kid on the block.
HTC Corporation was founded back in 1997 by Cher Wang, TC Cho and Peter Chou who established the Taiwan based company as manufacturers of innovative mobile phones and have pioneered leading mobile phone technology and design. HTC phones have generally operated using the Windows Mobile operating system but more recently have released handsets running on the Google developed Operating system, Android.
HTC is known for consistently broadening their range of products and have produced a number of mobile ‘firsts’ including the first Microsoft powered smartphone in 2002 and the first Microsoft 3G phone in 2005.
2006 was a major turning point for the company because it was the year they produced their own HTC branded mobile phone the HTC Advantage, which boasted a powerful OS, 5” screen and a detachable QWERTY keyboard. 2007 saw the release of the HTC Shift which was the equipped with Windows Vista and also featured a 7” touchscreen and a massive 40GB hard drive.
The HTC Touch was also released in 2007 and released an innovative feature, TouchFLO, which saw users able to access their favorite functions with one sweep of a finger.
HTC are a member of the Open Handset Alliance, which allows manufacturers to work with the open source technology, and have released their first Android handsets with their A-Series. The HTC Hero became a big contender in the smartphone market featuring 3G, 3.2” touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, MP3 player and video capabilities as well as Wi-Fi and GPS.
HTC were responsible for making Google’s first branded handset, the Nexus One, and have worked closely with the search giant in developing the Android operating system, before releasing the world’s first Android phone, the HTC Dream.
HTC are committed to providing chic, well designed mobile phones and are preparing to offer cheaper and widely available smartphones featuring Android. New developments feature more entertainment and communication abilities than ever before and the 2010 line-up includes some catchy names including the popular HTC Legend as well as Salsa, Tide and Buzz.
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