Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電) saw its global market share rise to 2.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, from 0.9 percent a year ago, market researcher Gartner Inc said in a report yesterday.
Gartner said that HTC’s resilient sales of high-end smartphones in the US helped the Taiwanese brand overtake Blackberry phone maker Research in Motion Ltd as the No. 2 smartphone vendor in the US.
Overall, HTC’s global ranking rose from No. 7 from No. 8.
The company shipped 9.3 million phones in the first three months, up from 3.38 million units a year ago, according to the market research firm.
Nokia, the world’s biggest handset maker, suffered a significant setback in global market share with 25.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, its lowest since 1997, Gartner said.
The Finnish company had a market share of 30.6 percent last year.
Meanwhile, HTC yesterday announced the appointments of two newly created management positions in Asia to further its growth in the region.
The promotions come as HTC expects the Asian market to account for one-third of its total revenue this year, compared with less than 20 percent last year.
Last year, more than half of the company’s revenue came from North America, with another 30 percent generated in Europe.
HTC’s Asia-Pacific region vice president Jack Tong (董俊良) will now be made HTC North Asia president and be responsible for the growth and development of HTC’s business in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and China.
Lennard Hoornik will serve as president of HTC South Asia, managing HTC’s business in Singapore, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
“Today’s announcement is more than a product of that success, it is a signal of our commitment to ongoing strategic investment in Asia and building on our regional leadership as we look forward to future growth opportunities for the company,” HTC chief executive Peter Chou (周永明) said in a statement.