Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 31st Aug 2013 19:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Earlier today, several top designers at HTC were arrested in Taipei under suspicion of fraudulent expense claims, as well as stealing trade secrets ahead of leaving the company to run a new mobile design firm in both Taiwan and mainland China. Five people were interrogated, with the most notable ones being Vice President of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D director Wu Chien Hung and design team senior manager Justin Huang (who also personally sketched out the One's design). Chien and Wu are taken into custody, whereas the others were released on bail. Their offices were also raided yesterday as part of the investigation.

HTC certainly looks like a sinking ship, doesn't it?

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RE[4]: Trade secrets
by WorknMan on Sun 1st Sep 2013 02:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Trade secrets"
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He didn't say it is "superior design."

He inferred it, and a lot of people have stated it outright. But as I have demonstrated, it's a bunch of BS. They don't like the design of the HTC One - they like the aluminum.

I'd say it's quite fucking normal to buy stuff that looks pleasing to one's eyes.

Maybe I'm just being naive, but I could've swore there used to be a day where it took more than 'sex appeal' to sell gadgets, but I guess those days are long gone. Which goes back to my original post:

HTC's trade secret - 'color it silver and make it aluminum, and we can sell a crapton based on its sex appeal, for shallow people looking for a fashion accessory to show off to their friends.'

Because in the end, it's all about the exterior, since millions of fucktards out there care more about what color a device comes in than anything else. That's why Motorola is making the Moto X in wood; customization where it really matters to iDiots. Ultimately, I blame Apple for this nonsense, but it was HTC who brought it to the Android world... pimping the aluminum as the #1 selling point of the phone.

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