Foot in mouth – HTC style.

Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC America in September 2011:

Apple is innovating. Samsung is innovating. We are innovating. Everybody is innovating. And everybody is doing different things for the end consumers. I brought my daughter back to college — she’s down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.’ There’s an interesting thing that’s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacture’s devices. If you look at a college campus, Mac Book Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.

HTC today, just three months later:
HTC cites competition from Apple’s iPhone as profits drop 26% via Apple Insider.

Choice cut:

“Our weakness in first-quarter guidance also comes from facing competition in the U.S. from iPhone and Samsung,” Yung said. “LTE handsets also didn’t meet our expectations.”

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