Just as no two versions of Android are exactly alike, no two Android handset makers are exactly alike, either. Right now, none look quite as good as Taiwan's HTC.
Most U.S. investors only know HTC for its Android partnership with Google
But there's more to HTC than its handsets. Relationships with AT&T
Profits more than tripled to 14.8 billion in New Taiwan Dollars (NT$) in the first quarter, well above the 12.8 billion analysts were expecting. They're calling for NT$16.4 billion in second-quarter earnings, Bloomberg reports, some of which should come from its soon-to-ship Flyer tablet.
Frankly, there's only one problem with HTC. You can't buy stock in the company here in the U.S. unless you have a brokerage account that allows you to buy directly on the Taiwan exchange. HTC trades under the numerical ticker "2498" in Taipei.
Too bad. According to Capital IQ data, HTC outperforms Apple
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