HTC bigger than Nokia, RIM; tablets not included

Summary:HTC, the top Android smartphone maker, has passed Nokia in market cap, a stunning achievement. The Taiwanese handset producer was early to jump on the Android platform, a good move.

All Things D is pointing out an amazing accomplishment for the top Android phone maker, HTC. The Taiwanese company has passed Nokia in market cap for the first time; it only recently left RIM of BlackBerry fame behind. This is a stunning achievement for a company that was only a fraction of its current size just 5 years ago. It is equally stunning as HTC is only just now getting ready to enter the tablet game with its HTC Flyer set to hit the market his summer.

HTC garnered a good reputation in the smartphone world years ago with its innovative Windows Mobile handsets. It put a distinctive homescreen "face" on those phones that would eventually become the Sense UI of today. The company saw the writing on the wall early about the wane of Windows Mobile and was one of the first OEMs to jump on the Android train. It would be equally correct to say that HTC had as much to do with the rise of Android as to say that Android fueled HTC's growth.

The HTC market cap is currently almost $34 billion, with Nokia sitting at just under $33 billion. RIM is quite a distance behind these two with a cap of only $28.5 billion.

Topics: Mobility, BlackBerry, Hardware, Laptops, Microsoft, Tablets, Telcos


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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