The HTC One is good. Some employees appear to think it's not good enough, soon enough.
HTC appears to have shed several key team members following the launch of its HTC One and HTC First phones, per a report from The Verge. The most recent departure is the company’s chief product officer, Kouji Kodera, who left HTC last week.
The Verge notes that Kodera is only the latest in a slate of exits, which,over the last three months,have included a product strategy manager, global retail marketing manager, and director of digital marketing. The first two former employees are now at Microsoft, while former digital marketing head John Starkweather is now at AT&T.
The HTC One launched mostly to rave reviews. But the flagship HTC phone found itself, yet again, in the shadow of Samsung’s high-profile Galaxy S 4 launch, just like the HTC One X with the Galaxy S III. While reviewers have praised the design and camera on the HTC One, it appears to not be enough to overcome Samsung’s Android market dominance—the S 4 was on track to hit 10 million in sales, despite having been on the market only a few weeks. It doesn't help that HTC's golden phone has been hamstrung by manufacturing shortages.