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.”

Apple’s work practices at Foxconn…really?

Dieter Bohn at The Verge is at it again….

I’m really starting to question this guy, and his motives.

In the above linked article he cites a New York Times article about labor practices at Foxconn, which in itself is not really a problem.

The problem starts when he focuses solely on Apple, which just this week, released a statement regarding their record – something no other tech company has done. This in itself shows how commited the company is to safe, and fair working conditions.

What really get’s to me is that Bohn’s article doesn’t even mention any other company that uses Foxconn – and their record.
Contrast this with something I found at androidheadlines.com.

But Foxconn doesn’t exist solely to produce electronics for Apple. All of the largest Android OEM’s also contract Foxconn to produce their devices in factories in China, Brazil, Mexico, Poland and the Czech Republic.

and

HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, ASUS, Acer, Lenovo and others contract Foxconn to manufacture products for them in the same complex where iPhones are made. Their devices are made by the same over worked, under paid, under age workers, yet none are mentioned in the Business Insider article. None. Not one. Not even Samsung, the sometimes largest smartphone vendor in the world. Just Apple.

They specifically mention another online publication, but the same can be said for Bohn’s article.

We all know that Apple is the big guy now, but to neglect to mention that almost all of our, dearly beloved, consumer products are in fact made by Foxconn and similar factories, is at best lazy, and at worst a deliberate omission.

Thankfully Tim Cook has something to say about this.

Every year we inspect more factories, raising the bar for our partners and going deeper into the supply chain. As we reported earlier this month, we’ve made a great deal of progress and improved conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers. We know of no one in our industry doing as much as we are, in as many places, touching as many people.

and

Earlier this month we opened our supply chain for independent evaluations by the Fair Labor Association. Apple was in a unique position to lead the industry by taking this step, and we did it without hesitation. This will lead to more frequent and more transparent reporting on our supply chain, which we welcome. These are the kinds of actions our customers expect from Apple, and we will take more of them in the future.

I’m sure all those other companies are doing just as much, if not more… Right.