Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

HTC Smartphone Chief Chialin Chang Resigns Following Google Acquisition

HTC Smartphone Chief Chialin Chang Resigns Following Google Acquisition

In a statement, HTC said Chang had made a decision to leave to take a different career path. HTC's smartphone division has been losing money for ten consecutive quarters, with one of its most recent losses being $103 million in Q3 of past year. The company has announced that it's Smartphone and Connected Devices Business president has left the company.

Chang Chia-lin (張嘉臨) resigned on Wednesday as president of Taiwan-based HTC Corp's Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, at a time when the Taiwanese smartphone brand is struggling against stiff global competition. HTC's website lists Chang's reason for leaving as "personal career path", while reports suggest he plans to launch an AI startup later this year.

There is some moving and shaking going on at HTC, which is seemingly the result of Google acquiring key members from the company's smartphone team. Last month, HTC closed on its transaction with Google, which means that the company received $1.1 billion from the search giant in return for its Pixel division, and a non-exclusive license allowing Google to use some of HTC's patents. The bottom line is, Chang is out and HTC, at least for now, is not replacing him.

It's been a rough few years for HTC.

HTC may not launch its next flagship at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2018 later this month, but it should formally unveil it shortly afterward. Some speculate that the HTC U12 might be the company's last flagship, but nothing is confirmed at this point.

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