If you’re thinking about buying an Android phone right now, chances are you’re stuck deciding between two models — the HTC One, or Samsung’s yet to be unveiled Galaxy S IV. Had HTC played their cards right, and managed to get everything in order, the One would be available and shipping just as soon as Samsung had a chance to announce the Galaxy S IV. But that’s not the case. It has been revealed today that the actual release of the HTC One has been pushed back several weeks to late March, early April for some regions. More than enough time for Samsung to convince buyers to jump on the Galaxy train.
Originally announced by UK retailer Clove, HTC has pushed back the release date of the One from March 15th, to the 29th. HTC has confirmed the move in a press statement saying that, “We will start fulfilling pre-orders by end March in certain markets and will roll out to more markets as we approach April.” Normally a two week delay is nothing to think twice about, in fact it’s commendable of HTC not to rush out a shoddy product just to meet previously stated deadlines. But these two weeks in particular may be cause for concern.
HTC is running out of time to make a big comeback in Android. Samsung has become the number one Android manufacturer in the world, and is absolutely dominating the competition. With the HTC One, HTC had a distinct advantage in that not only did they unveil the One before the S IV was even being teased, but it would be available right before Samsung had anything to announce. Now, Samsung will have a full two weeks after announcing the Galaxy S IV, on March 14th, to convince would be One owners to go with Samsung instead.
Update: we have received word from HTC that the previous comment does not apply to US-bound models of the HTC One. T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T have yet to announce when they will start selling the HTC One, but the device is expected to show up is retail stores before the end of the month.