HTC hoping Studio can revitalize brand in 2012
After a few less than stellar quarters, HTC is pinning its hopes on an internal project called Studio.
After tried to do too much," the handset maker is looking at the new year with a new perspective.in which even HTC admits that it "
What should the company do to resurrect the glowing brand that helped build Android? Ask around and you'll get a variety of suggestions, from releasing considerably fewer devices to . Talk to HTC, however, and you'll find that it has plans of its own.
Recently, the company announced that it has formed a new internal group for creating key products to help it "regain the edge" over the next year. Called the "Studio," the group is composed of designers and engineers and will report directly to CEO Peter Chou.
It's not immediately obvious whether this secret society is already in operation or if it's still being fleshed out, but in light of the company's, I hope that it is already in advanced stages.
It's worth pointing out that HTC plans to introduce new devices and chipsets in 2012, which is a welcome sign. Indeed, after spending the last few years in a monogamous relationship with Qualcomm, HTC watched as competitors opted for Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor. Moving forward, HTC could entertain low-ball offers from the likes of Texas Instruments and Nvidia () for its new "hero" products.
We'refrom the smartphone maker at Mobile World Congress, most notably the HTC Edge and . While the new models will be better than last year's handsets, they could get lost in the growing Android crowd.
What's more, as Samsung and Apple for the top smartphone maker, HTC has companies like Sony and Motorola at its heels. One misstep and 2012 could see the once-mighty HTC become "quietly irrelevant" in the game of Android.