The 50 Most Innovative Companies - BusinessWeek
直接cite htc related part:
As it became more sophisticated, HTC built the first phone powered by Google's Android operating system, for T-Mobile, in 2008. It followed up with the Nexus One for Google, which was launched in January. Today, HTC is making and selling its own line of smartphones around the world, and roughly a quarter of the company's 8,000-person workforce hold engineering-related jobs. HTC Chief Executive Peter Chou "looks at what's possible and then puts [in] the resources," says Paul E. Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm (QCOM), a mobile-phone chipmaker and HTC partner. "He's willing to take the risk." Says Chou: "Innovation is not a one-time job—innovation is a journey."
For many companies, though, relying on the easy pickings in China and Taiwan is no longer an option. HTC is feeling pressure from Chinese rivals such as ZTE Corp. and Huawei Technologies, which are taking advantage of Google's open-platform Android operating system to get into the smartphone business, too. "Android has become the great equalizer," says Aloysius Choong, an analyst in Singapore with researcher IDC. Because Android takes a lot of the innovation burden off of the hardware companies, it lowers the entry barrier for newcomers. That's one reason analysts think HTC may make an offer for Palm, the U.S.-based smartphone maker that has put itself up for sale, according to people familiar with the situation. The battle is notable, of course, because it is an innovation-driven skirmish between Chinese and Taiwanese players—something that simply didn't happen a decade ago.
Chou, HTC's chief, acknowledges that competition is intensifying. "We never underestimate the potential competition coming from elsewhere, either from top-tier premium brand companies or companies from China or Taiwan. What is important for HTC, we need to continue to provide a unique and differentiated value to our customer."
Apple also wants to take HTC down a peg. In March, the iPhone-maker filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging HTC's smartphones infringed on Apple patents. HTC denies the claims. "HTC has been innovative from the beginning," says Chou. "We were working on this for a long time before the iPhone came out."