At this year’s UPLINQ conference, HTC’s Peter Chou took the stage on day two to give a few highlights on what’s to come in the mobile industry. Chou touted some impressive numbers, indicating that HTC shipped nearly 10 million devices in the first quarter of 2011 (nearly triple what they were able to move in Q1 of 2010) and that HTC is currently the number one Android supplier in the world. As exciting as those figures may be, Peter Chou was adamant that he’s more excited for what lies ahead.
Chou highlighted new technologies and suggested the industry’s move to 4G will supercharge the mobile experience by transforming the smartphone into a cloud-powered entertainment center. The future release of OnLive “will deliver a rich gaming experience that you could previously only get from gaming consoles or PC.” Peter Chou also stressed that HTC’s relationship with developers is crucial to their success and that “developers today are a critical part of the ecosystem.”
The new HTCDev program is meant to bridge the gap between HTC’s engineers and the global development community, but we’ll have to wait and see how things play out once the program actually launches. HTC has had a few issues over the past month or two with locked bootloaders and Gingerbread updates, but they have proven they do listen to their customers and want the development community on their side.
Are any of you excited about what HTC has planned for the smartphone sector? Or have their recent missteps pushed you towards another manufacturer?