Hi everyone and welcome to our HTC live blog!
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?
I'm here with Lynn La and Aloysius Low. Just waiting...thumbs twiddling and all.
The HTC One successor will NOT be here today.
I hope we get some new products, but there will not be a flagship product announcement. Sorry folks, got assurances directly from HTC.
Hello! Roger Cheng, executive editor for CNET News, finally seated and ready to go.
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.
So, this event was supposed to start promptly at 4 pm local time, but it looks like we're running a bit late.
So the press conference area is your standard event space, with a big projector screen in the front, and HTC logos everywhere.
It lacks the usual polish of an HTC event, so I wonder if it was hastily thrown together.
@Leo: That's what I think!!
@Sherlock: Sorry, hopefully our live blog will be sufficient! We'll post photos and updates as quickly as possible.
Chairwoman Cher Wang takes the stage.
A picture of a ball with 60 layers of concentric sphere, handcarved from the same piece of precious material, flashes on screen.
Its meticulous design always amazes me, she says.
She talks about the craftsmanship that went into such a piece of art, which we can still appreciate today.
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.
It's because you are the center of everything we do, she says.
With that, she re-introduces the HTC One, last year's flagship phone.
She notes that many believe it's still the best smartphone in the world.
Talks about the family of HTC One, including Max and Mini. It's become its best selling product line ever, she says.
We are stimulated by competition, she says. We're excited by new opportunities.
We will still always focus on our mission to design the best smartphone in the world, she says.
CEO Peter Chou invited Wang to take a bigger role in daily operation, allowing Chou to focus more on products and innovation.