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HTC has had a rough time in recent years as Samsung has risen to dominance in the Android device market. The resulting slump culminated in a year of losses for the Taiwanese OEM, but today's Q2 2014 numbers signal a potential turnaround. HTC had a small profit of NT$2.26 billion ($75 million) over the last three months.

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HTC owes its change in fortunes to the One M8, which has been received well by consumers. However, it's not all the sales. The company's net revenue is actually lower this year than it was in this quarter last year. HTC has slashed costs to reach this point, but you can only trim so much fat. It needed the M8 to be a breakout hit, but it seems to have only been a modest success.

The second quarter is traditionally strong for HTC because that's when it releases flagship phones. Without another big win this fall, the company is likely to sink back into the red, or very close to it. So, M8 Max? Yikes.

[HTC (PDF) via The Verge]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • brkshr

    That's great news for Android as a whole!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Good! Now gimme a 6.5 inch M8 please!

    • Evan Gilner

      My God....

    • someone755

      Buy a fucking tablet with call capabilities, stop ruining the phone market with your "needs."

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        lol ruining? I just got spoiled by my Z Ultra but really like the M8. I'd like a mashup up the two.

        • someone755

          Yes, you "wish" for a 7-inch smartphone. There's tons of people like you out there, but still not as much as the people who like normal-size phones.
          But, for some reason, the OEMs only listen to the former. Except for Sony. Sony rulz.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

            Sony definitely rules. I'd love for them to do flaghips under 5 inches and then have a larger version for me. Hell a 4, 5 and 6+ inch versions for major releases would be great and people would have choice, just don't dumb down the small versions,cause that's BS.

  • StevieY

    They're done for

    • dude

      No.

  • Hugh Johnson

    Next year HTC One M9 - Triple Lense Ultra 4 Megapixel Camera

    • TY

      I think on the M9, they will use a dual-lens system that actually uses image from both lens to create one single better image, instead of having an extra lens just for depth-sensing. I can't imagine that they are not already working on a new sensor with the suppliers (Omnivision?) given that the main camera module on the M8 is merely the one used in later M7 models.

  • Mastermind26

    I luv their quality builds...but they need to beef up the camera (huge selling point for most customers) and the marketing. With all the coming competition of companies like Oppo and 1+, they can't afford to NOT scale up their phones (keeping the quality) and ad forces.

    • Godspoken

      I'm a big fan of cheap subsidized phones, but please. Oppo and One Plus are not competitors for anyone but themselves, Google/Nexus, and Motorola.

      • Mastermind26

        Just a matter of time before they become serious competitors.... Especially if they gain traction like Samsung did at the start....

        • Full Time Titty Master

          huh, Samsung was toiling away at it for decades before coming the Mobile Power House of the last few years

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So looks like M8 finally paid off

  • renz

    investor: now you turn into profit. where is my free M8? :P

    • Amit

      Exactly what was about to write... Hahahaha...

    • Steph Chi

      One point !

  • duane

    The knuckleheads put a 4mp camera as the main camera. I've loved HTC but alas, I am switching...

  • searcher

    i've read profanity instead of profitability

    i must say i'm a bit dissapointed

  • Aborto

    I want HTC to stick around, they have great designs and build quality.
    But at least for me they have a really nasty habit of always having one terrible deal breaking design fault in every model.
    Owned the HTC Magic and Desire and then had to abandon them due to lack of SD cards, they finally add them back in to the otherwise awesome M8 and give it a really average camera.
    Went with the Z2 this time around, great build, battery life, camera and waterproof.

    • someone755

      Desire FTW! It did had an SDcard slot tho.
      I'm waiting for a waterproof 4.3-4.7" HTC with a flagship chipset myself.

  • Full Time Titty Master

    Remember when the the Original HTC one launched last year and the Samdrungos were out in force saying don't buy it b/c HTC will be out of business soon so you'll get left with no support lol

  • jpwatda

    Check the inside of the htc phones. Its not their camera for me its the build quilty that lets me down. Please dont use the tapes to build your phones htc and please dont try to be like iphones using nano sim at least.

    • Full Time Titty Master

      Nano Sim is an industry standard, Why not use it?

    • Aborto

      Externally they have great build quality but I think you might be right, all the HTC Desires I have seen had internal failures with the ribbon cables and connectors after a year or two.

  • Jeanne Verdi

    I love HTC design but my Desire phone only last for 2 years before start having issues.. and that's not even rooted. I guess it's time to switch

  • DonEmu

    I would think the worldwide release of the HTC One E8 might help them out this coming quarter if they carry on with that.

  • saltyzip

    Was hoping for this.. I just wish even more people would buy the HTC One M8 over the Samsung Galaxy S5.

    Hopefully the rumoured HTC Nexus Tablet will be a winner too.

  • Heimrik

    I'm not a huge fan of HTC Sense but they are doing some great things with build quality and design.

  • LeadTheLeader

    Thanks God! That means more money to invest=Better Phones <3
    Led Lampen

  • Joe Menard

    yay!! <3 HTC. My M7 is by far the best phone I've ever purchased!

  • Steve Freeman

    This is great news. Hopefully Motorola will start down the same path...other than the lower resolution screens (and seriously locked down devices), I like their build quality significantly more than anything else. Best radios in the business. Which, since smartphones kinda work better with stronger signals, I don't know why this isn't a bigger deal.

  • Matthew Fry

    I like my Note 3 a lot but my favorite phone so far was my One M7. I don't miss the aluminum back which I promptly dented after about a week but I do miss those beautiful speakers and screen.