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Facebook-HTC phone to be launched in 2013?

Facebook-HTC phone to be launched in 2013?
News from India Today:

Rumours are continuing to circulate that Facebook has partnered with HTC to release its own smartphone as soon as mid-2013. The report citing people with knowledge of the matter has said that Facebook is also developing a modified operating system for the device and has assembled former Apple staff to improve its iPhone application.

According to the report, more than 50 percent of Facebook’ s 900 million users across the network access the site via mobile devices. Therefore, the Facebook through its new smartphone may cash in on to attract investors and advertisers.

Although Facebook did not comment on the report, its representative Ana Brekalo told CNET, “Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social.”

“We’re working across the entire mobile industry — with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more…………… continues on India Today

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HTC closes its offices in South Korea due to intense competition from Samsung
News from Examiner.com:

Samsung’s uncontested king of the hill status in South Korea, as the nation’s leading smartphone manufacturer, has resulted in competitor HTC closing down its offices and rethinking its marketing efforts. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer also shut down its offices in Brazil and North Carolina earlier this June in order to “streamline operations.”

Taiwan vs. South Korea
HTC, based in Taiwan, had hopes of gaining a foothold in the lucrative mobile phone market in South Korea, but due to the high loyalty of South Koreans for nationally made products, Samsung, LG, and Pantech take up about 90 percent of all mobile phone sales in the country. Apple comes in with 9 percent of the pie, with HTC garnering just one percent of sales.

Closedowns up. Profits down
HTC is struggling to maintain its presence in the mobile phone world even though smartphone products such as the HTC One X and EVO have received positive reactions from review sites and customers.

HTC’s profits have been suffering for quite a while, with the latest numbers indicating that its earnings dropped 58 percent during the latest business quarter.

HTC released a statement concerning the shutdown of its…………… continues on Examiner.com

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