HTC’s not the shining example of Android exceptionalism it once was. The embattled Taoyuan, Taiwan electronics manufacturer, facing crushing competition from heavyweights like Samsung, ZTE, Lenovo, and others, has slowly ceded market ground — in the first quarter of this year, it made up a measly 3 percent of the U.S. market.
But its recent prospects are decidedly more promising. The company’s latest high-end smartphone, the HTC 10, sold briskly, driving revenues up 27 percent. And HTC chief Chialin Chang projected that the company, buoyed by forthcoming “flagship” smartphones, would return to profitability as soon as the end of this year.
One of those bets is the new HTC Bolt. It’s an Android phone launching exclusively on the Sprint network, and one with a few innovative tricks up its sleeve. The Bolt is the first to ship with custom-designed headphones that tune audio to the unique shape of your inner ear. It’s the first to support Sprint’s next-generation Plus network for super-speedy downloads. And it ships with HTC’s signature software suite.
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