HTC profits double with Android in tow; Buys S3

Summary:Taiwan-based HTC is still rocking the Android theme song and reports its net profits have doubled in the second quarter.

Taiwan-based HTC is still rocking to the Android beat and reports its net profits have doubled in the second quarter. The company reported profit of over $600 million which is nearly double the results for the same time last year. HTC is the number 5 smartphone maker globally, and while it has some Windows Phone products the lion's share run the Android OS.

HTC has long set about making its brand stand out in the crowded world of Android phone makers. It's "Quietly brilliant" campaign has gone a long way to make its brand recognizable in a world where many consumers refer to all Android phones as "Droids".

The company has also announced its intention to buy graphics company S3 from Via for $300 million. No detailed plans have been given for its intentions behind the purchase, but the impressive IP portfolio probably factors into the deal in today's litigious climate.

Topics: Mobility, Google


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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