HTC's MWC 2014 conference

A live blog of HTC's press conference.

  • Jason Jenkins 2/24/2014 2:49:58 PM
    Hi everyone and welcome to our HTC live blog!
  • Jason Jenkins 2/24/2014 2:51:20 PM
    We have Roger Cheng, Aloysius Low and Lynn La on the spot ready to give you a blow-by-blow account of the company's announcements. They are queuing to get into the venue right now, so why not tell me what you're hoping to see while we wait?
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 2:53:29 PM

    Waiting for HTC to finally let us in to the event.

  • MVz 2/24/2014 2:54:04 PM
    Do you think we are going to see the HTC One 2 (hopefully with a better name)?
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 2:54:15 PM
    I'm here with Lynn La and Aloysius Low. Just waiting...thumbs twiddling and all.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 2:54:21 PM

    Roger before the press event opens up, busy working and ignoring everyone.

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 2:55:24 PM
    The HTC One successor will NOT be here today.
  • George 2/24/2014 2:55:41 PM
    I don't think HTC one 2 Will be announced... but maybe the new tablets?
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 2:57:06 PM

    We also got Aloysius here, also busy at work.

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 2:57:33 PM
    I hope we get some new products, but there will not be a flagship product announcement. Sorry folks, got assurances directly from HTC.
  • Leo 2/24/2014 2:57:35 PM
    Probably all those HTC mid tier smartphones? Desire series?
  • TopherGeorge 2/24/2014 3:00:05 PM
    HTC really needs another world class phone to lead the pack if it is going to see off competition from behemoths like Samsung. It needs to continue to stand out to make itself relevant.
  • Nick Hide 2/24/2014 3:01:34 PM
    Catch up on megatonnes of phone news at our Mobile World Congress 2014 home page. It's groaning with the weight of new devices.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:02:10 PM

    And we're in!

  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:02:11 PM

    Filing in.

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:04:02 PM
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:04:54 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:05:30 PM
    Hello! Roger Cheng, executive editor for CNET News, finally seated and ready to go.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:06:32 PM

    We also have Juan Garzon from CNET Espanol joining us.

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:06:38 PM
    With me are editors Aloysius Low, Lynn La and Juan Garzon. We're all seated in the front row. They said reserved, but we ignored them.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:07:18 PM
    So, this event was supposed to start promptly at 4 pm local time, but it looks like we're running a bit late.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:07:25 PM
    Please bear with us.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:08:06 PM
    So the press conference area is your standard event space, with a big projector screen in the front, and HTC logos everywhere.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:08:25 PM
    It lacks the usual polish of an HTC event, so I wonder if it was hastily thrown together.
  • Leo 2/24/2014 3:08:29 PM
    @RogerCheng You guys are the boss, who cares whether they are reserved
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:08:40 PM
    @Leo: That's what I think!!
  • Sherlock 2/24/2014 3:08:42 PM
    sigh, why the live stream is unavailable?
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:09:04 PM
    @Sherlock: Sorry, hopefully our live blog will be sufficient! We'll post photos and updates as quickly as possible.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:09:23 PM
    Okay, here we go.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:09:30 PM
    Chairwoman Cher Wang takes the stage.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:09:41 PM
    She welcomes us.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:10:08 PM
    A picture of a ball with 60 layers of concentric sphere, handcarved from the same piece of precious material, flashes on screen.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:10:14 PM

    Cher Wang, HTC Chairwoman, takes the stage first.

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:10:17 PM
    Its meticulous design always amazes me, she says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:10:38 PM
    She talks about the craftsmanship that went into such a piece of art, which we can still appreciate today.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:10:46 PM
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:11:00 PM
    When I step into an HTC office around the world, I see the same kind of dedication to smartphones. Building smartphones like works of art, obsessively devoted to perfection, she says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:11:07 PM
    It's because you are the center of everything we do, she says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:11:26 PM
    With that, she re-introduces the HTC One, last year's flagship phone.
  • Lynn La 2/24/2014 3:11:37 PM

    Wang discussing the HTC One.

  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:11:38 PM
    She notes that many believe it's still the best smartphone in the world.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:11:56 PM
    Talks about the family of HTC One, including Max and Mini. It's become its best selling product line ever, she says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:12:07 PM
    We are stimulated by competition, she says. We're excited by new opportunities.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:12:20 PM
    We will still always focus on our mission to design the best smartphone in the world, she says.
  • Roger Cheng 2/24/2014 3:12:47 PM
    CEO Peter Chou invited Wang to take a bigger role in daily operation, allowing Chou to focus more on products and innovation.
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