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HTC mum on reported Google Nexus tablet

2013/10/21 17:53:54

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) HTC Corp. declined to comment Monday on a local media report that the Taiwanese smartphone maker has been listed as one of the manufacturers of Google Inc.'s next-generation Nexus tablet computer.

Google is expected to choose its new manufacturing partner in December from among three companies -- LG Electronics Inc., Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. and HTC, the Commercial Times reported Monday, citing anonymous industry sources.

It is a surprise to the industry that HTC has become one of the candidates because Google has already partnered with LG and Asustek to produce the Nexus series phones and tablets, the newspaper said.

In an e-mail reply to CNA, HTC said that it "does not comment on rumors or speculation."

HTC worked with Facebook Inc. to unveil a smartphone called the HTC First in April in the United States, which came with the social networking site's Home app. But the phone's sales failed to live up to HTC's expectations.

The Financial Times reported Oct. 15 that HTC is developing a smartphone for e-commerce company Inc., but HTC declined to comment on that report, either.

The Taoyuan-based manufacturer is looking for new opportunities to revive its sales as the company reported its first quarterly loss in the three months that ended in September since going public in 2002.

HTC's global market share slid from a peak of 10.3 percent in the third quarter of 2011 to just 2.6 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to data from market research company Gartner Inc.

(By Jeffrey Wu)