HTC followed up reports that Nokia had been awarded an injunction in the Netherlands that could impact sales of its flagship One device, by stating that these had been “misleading”.
In a statement sent to media organisations, the troubled smartphone maker said that Nokia had not taken action against HTC, only against supplier STMicroelectronics. And it said that it is able to continue using the components affected because they were purchased from STMicro in good faith, and that it will transition to a different design once supplies are exhausted.
The case centres around microphone technology jointly developed by Nokia and STMicro, and only licensed to STMicro for use in products manufactured for Nokia. As a STMicro customer, some of the components ended up in HTC’s One smartphone, leading to the legal action.
Nokia noted that HTC had claimed in its marketing material that its HDR microphone is a feature of One, despite the fact that “HTC has no licence or authorisation from Nokia to use these microphones or the Nokia technologies from which they have been developed”.
While criticising the initial reports as “misleading”, HTC’s initial statement did little to clarify the situation, other than stating: “We are consulting with STM and will decide whether it is necessary to explore alternative solutions in due course. In the meanwhile, we do not expect this decision to have any immediate impact on our handset sales.”
HTC is no stranger to product delays. One has already been delayed, amid reports that falling volumes meant that the company was no longer seen as a tier-one customer for its component suppliers.
And last year the launch of its One X flagship was delayed in the US following a legal spat with Apple, which went in favour of the iPhone maker.