HTC has come a long way since '97, when it was working on touch-based Windows CE devices. Over the last 15 years, the company has released many new technologies and new devices, including the Compaq iPAQ and a variety of other popular Pocket PCs. It released the world's first 3G Windows Mobile smartphone. The first commercially-available Android phone. The first Nexus phone (which, sadly, didn't make the cut in the video). In short, HTC has done a lot for the mobile industry, and it has released a video showing off a few of these things.

Of course, it all leads up to the crème de la crème: the HTC One. The final push at smartphone supremacy.

We've come a long way, but one thing hasn't changed – it's people like you that inspire us to create the most innovative products in a world that becomes more connected every day.

Godspeed, HTC.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jeremiah Rice

    Man, that brings me back. The HTC Universal was a BEAST.

    ...though "set the industry ablaze" might be a bit strong, guys.

  • Zach Lunn

    HTC has done a lot for the smartphone market. I hope they keep pushing and innovating because we definitely need it!

  • evolutionx1

    Ah! How I feel sad for HTC.

  • JonnyBoy6

    Oddly enough, this looks more like an eulogy video... Imminent death anyone?

    • Ben

      I disagree. The ending is very positive about the future.

      Are they going to tank? Hard telling. But a world without HTC's industrial design is a sadder one.

    • Justin Moore

      I'm really rooting for HTC to stay in the game, but the video is kinda depressing. It's like they're saying, "Hey, we're still here. Remember all those great products we've made? Yeah? We can keep doing that if you let us!"

  • TechGuy22

    no more quietly brilliant ?

    • flosserelli

      More like quietly imploding.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Now HTC, a bit more focus on software so you can update some of the mid-range/low-end devices to 4.1, or maybe the Sensation. Great hardware, poor software support, not enough, focus on latter now!

  • gladgura

    I'm surprised they didn't include The Wing for T-Mobile.

  • PENGU4576

    There's still space in that book HTC, you can pull through this.

  • Bob G

    Too bad real people would never see this video and thus still not know who HTC is and the Galaxy S4 will still runaway with sales.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I am a real person and I saw this video. Do I get a badge?

  • GigiAUT

    I love HTC. I've even decided to go back to using my Desire HD because I don't want to shell out for a new handset and my last one was crap. Make a successor to the Desire Z for Europe and we can talk...because I need a keyboard to type.

  • roberthenderson

    I'm on the Big Ugly, uhh I mean Big Red (unlimited data) and if HTC gave me a One variant with a 5+" screen, sd card and a removable battery, I would buy it immediately. They're always just a little off of what I need to make a purchase.

  • http://twitter.com/7Syon Eclectech

    I love HTC :-)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    Apparently they couldn't afford a decent narrator. Guy sounds like a robot.

  • Asanka Amarasinghe

    HTC lost android game with horrible software support & sticking with very heavy Sense UI. Love their hardware designs though...

  • Michael Lee

    Humble. humble, humble...

  • alexz

    They didn't mention Nexus One. Bastards. Then again they made too many good phones to mention all of them.

  • wolfkabal

    I started my smart-phone life with the HTC Touch, I loved that little thing. I continued with HTC for a while all the way up to the HTC Touch Pro 2 which I still have (legacy). It was the disappearance of a physical keyboard that made me switch to the Galaxy S 1 (Epic 4G) - oddly the only one with a keyboard - and now I'm on the S3. I always loved the construction of HTC devices, but some of the changes they've made recently simply don't sit well with me. Some "innovations" aren't that innovating for me.

    I hope they continue to do well though, they are definitely pushing the other guys though, LG as an example. I look forward to what they have up their sleeves next, and perhaps can pull me back to their camp soon.

  • lewishnl

    Anyone remember when HTC launched a very similar history video like a year or two ago, I still do. Kinda funny that they keep on making these history videos regularly. They do have a lot to be proud of in the One but they've gotta start putting their pressure on parts manufacturers so they can produce them faster and start selling in S4 and iPhone 5 scale numbers.

  • Brad Kalinoski

    wow, hmmm, apple wasnt the first with a smartphone... wow.... surprising.... not

  • Brandon Williams

    I'm a huge HTC fan. I honestly think they make of the best phones out there! really hope that they don't go out of business. I just upgraded to the One today and I hope that in two years I can upgrade to another awesome HTC phone!

  • Alvin Brinson

    The HTC Touch Vogue was pretty badazz for its day, which happened to be BEFORE iPhone.

  • brutalpanther

    I went with the htc one due to samsungs s4 pathetic storage problem.I've been a samfan since the s,s2 and s3.And the htc is 1awesome phone except for the camera.Very dissappointed after owning phones with good cams.No matter what fancy name it has,it's still 4 megapixel.If it would have been at least 8 megapixel it could have blew samsung away.

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  • southernfanboy26

    My 1st HTC was the Fuze...touch pro variant for at&t...running windows mobile 6. HTC took time into designing that phone with the diamonds on the back and the glowing circle. Even their TouchFlow 3D UI was a lot better then Sense. Since then I've had the nexus one inspire 4g and vivid. Owning the Inspire and Vivid really showed a shift as they were both less than stellar devices, but im giving them one last chance with the ONE to win over consumers. I would really hate to see them go out of business and the duopoly of Apple & Samsung take effect

  • megadon

    Not exactly Humble