Smartphone manufacturer HTC is having a spot of trouble, warning investors that it expects its revenues to fall by as much as 36% in the current financial quarter. The company’s last wave of Android handsets did not sell as well as expected, in the face of fierce competition from Samsung. “Despite short-term difficulties, momentum will resume in the upcoming product cycle driven by HTC’s brand strength, innovation, and design/engineering capabilities,” says a statement from HTC, which is expected to launch four new smartphones this month at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona. IDC analyst Melissa Chau tells Reuters that for HTC “the problem remains the same: How are they going to differentiate?” HTC was rumoured to be on the verge of a $100m deal with Beyond Oblivion before Christmas before pulling out, so seemingly music isn’t (yet) that differentiation the company needs.

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