HTC US is cutting staff as it merges its smartphone and VR divisions
It’s fair to say that HTC has been struggling in the smartphone market over the past few years. Once considered one of the industry’s top dogs, the company hasn’t been able to compete lately. Recently, Google acquired thousands of the company’s engineers in exchange for an infusion of cash, which HTC claims will help it to focus on creating future smartphones and VR headsets. Unfortunately, the company’s recent shifts in strategy have had far-reaching effects: according to a report in Digital Trends, HTC has laid off a large portion of its US team.
Chailin Chang, the president of HTC’s smartphone and connected devices division, announced his resignation from the company last week, and a source told Digital Trends that HTC has laid off a large portion of its US team. After the layoffs, the only employees left in HTC’s US offices will be those who work for HTC Global.
HTC told the publication that there had been “employee reductions” within the company and that those who were being laid off were informed this week. It also provided an official statement:
We have recently brought our smartphone and VR businesses under common leadership in each region. Today, we announced a restructure in North America for the HTC smartphone business that will centralize the reporting structure within the region. In doing so, there have been some employee reductions to align the businesses and empower the teams to share more resources.
This seems to be the boilerplate response the company is sending out as we reached out to HTC for a comment and were told the exact same thing.
While this is definitely bad news for fans of the company, it’s even worse news for the people who lost their jobs. It’s not unexpected, though. HTC’s January 2018 financial report showed revenues of $116.1 million, down 15% from the month before and down 27% year over year.
Source: Digital Trends