HTC Cancels New Windows Phone, Blaming Resolution: Report
HTC has reportedly canceled a 5-plus-inch smartphone running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8, due to limitations of the OS's screen resolution.HTC reportedly is canceling plans to create a Windows Phone-running smartphone with a 5-plus-inch display because Microsoft's mobile operating system can't support a resolution high enough to enable the device to effectively compete in an incredibly competitive market. Google's Android operating system can support a resolution of 1080 horizontal pixels, while Microsoft's newly released Windows Phone 8 supports only 720—a considerable difference in a market where display sizes and clarity are highly touted selling points. Citing a person familiar with the project, Bloomberg reported Dec. 17 that HTC planned to introduce the phone next year. The phone's cancellation delivers a blow to Microsoft, which is scrambling to win market share from Google and Apple. During the third quarter, Microsoft controlled a 2.4 percent share of global device sales, compared with iOS's 14 percent and Android's 72.4 percent share, according to Gartner. An HTC spokesperson, when asked for comment, called the report a rumor and said that HTC had no comment. Microsoft likewise declined to comment on "rumors or speculation."
Samsung, which sold 55 million smartphones during the quarter, does more than any brand to grow Android's market share. Its Android-running, feature-packed Galaxy devices have been an enormous win for the company. It has sold more than 30 million Galaxy S III smartphones—a device that, with its 4.8-inch display, almost single-handedly pushed the trend toward larger displays into the mainstream.