Founded in 1997, HTC began as an original design manufacturer. An original design manufacturer (ODM) is a company which designs and manufactures a product which is specified and eventually branded by another firm for sale. They made phones for HP and Palm, T-mobile, Google, Sony Ericsson, and Fujitsu-Siemens.
The first commercially released android device was made by HTC and first released by T-Mobile as the T-mobile G1. It was later to be made available to the open market as the HTC Dream. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 – which I owned – was manufactured by HTC. Remember the i-Mate series? HTC again.
There is no question about one thing: HTC makes great hardware. Now, according to recent reports, HTC and Amazon are working together on an upcoming smartphone. This has led me to ask: Can HTC return to profitability by returning to its roots as an ODM – making phones for others? Imagine HTC making phones for Apple, Amazon, Sony Ericsson or any of the numerous mobile networks again. What do you think?