HTC Corporation is the world’s leading designer of Windows Phone® and Android-based mobile devices. Based on a people-centric approach to product design, HTC’s devices simplify the way consumers communicate with the people in their lives and access their information on the move.
Founded in 1997 by Cher Wang, Chairwoman, HT Cho and Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC originally made its name as the company behind many of the most popular operator and OEM-branded devices on the market. Since 2006, HTC has introduced a broad portfolio of critically acclaimed, industry-leading mobile phones under its own brand.
HTC is one of the fastest-growing companies in the mobile industry and has achieved remarkable recognition over recent years. In 2010, HTC Hero was named “Best Mobile Handset” by the GSMA at its Global Mobile Awards. This follows success in previous years, where the HTC Touch Diamond was named “European Smart Phone 2008-2009” by the members of EISA, the European Imaging and Sound Association. HTC’s CEO Peter Chou was also named one of the most influential people in the technology industry by T3 magazine, in its 2010 Tech 100 list.
HTC’s design philosophy is rooted in the belief that everyone is unique. We listen, observe to uncover and anticipate new, unmet needs. Only then can we create remarkable products that fit perfectly into our customers’ lives. HTC has created a broad portfolio of devices that combine style and sophistication with different physical designs to enable customers to choose the phone that best fits their needs.
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We have invested in strong research and development teams that account for more than 30% of HTC’s total headcount. This commitment to innovation has produced a rich heritage of device ‘firsts’.
In June 2007, HTC launched the first device in its ground-breaking Touch family, the HTC Touch. In September 2008, with its partners T-Mobile and Google, HTC announced the launch of the first Android device, the T-Mobile G1 by HTC. As the first to use the open Android platform, the T-Mobile G1 by HTC was designed to make the mobile Internet practical, relevant and fun, offering a variety of services, applications and content that introduces an Internet experience that everyone can enjoy.
HTC subsequently launched the HTC Magic in February 2009, and the multi award-winning HTC Hero in June 2009.
Other industry firsts include: • First colour palm-size PC (1999) • First Microsoft Pocket PC (2000) • First Microsoft wireless Pocket PC (2002) • First Microsoft powered smartphone (2002) • First Microsoft Smart Music Phone (2004) • First Microsoft 3G Phone (2005) • First Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Platform Phone (2005) • First Microsoft tri-band UMTS 3G device (2006) • First Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone (2006) and first Windows Mobile 6 smartphone (2007) • First intuitive touch screen to allow finger tip navigation (June 2007) • First Android device, the T-Mobile G1 (2008) First integrated GSM/WiMAX device launched in Russia (2008)