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HTC phones to support iTunes
Central News Agency
2011-11-10 07:15 PM
Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) HTC Corp., the world's No. 4 smartphone maker, launched its 4.7-inch Sensation XL smartphone in Taiwan Thursday and said that two of its Android-powered products already support music synchronization with rival Apple Inc.'s iTunes software. Users of the HTC Sensation XL and the HTC Rhyme can download the HTC Sync application to their personal computers, which will automatically detect iTunes or Windows Media Player to copy media files such as music, pictures and contacts to their phones. "We hope consumers will be able to store their music on HTC phones from any platform," HTC North Asia President Jack Tong said at the product launch. This is the first time HTC has allowed its products to synchronize with software from Apple, as the two companies have been locked in a legal battle related to patent infringements on smartphones and tablet computers since April 2010. A day earlier, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said during a visit to Taiwan that he sees both a competitive and cooperative relationship between Google and three other major players -- Apple, Amazon.com and Facebook. Schmidt said the mobile industry has never had four large companies growing so quickly with such a broad consumer platform. The Sensation XL is HTC's second phone with Beats audio technology after the company invested US$309 million (NT$9.35 billion) in August to acquire a 51 percent share of U.S. headphone maker Beats Electronics. (By Jeffrey Wu)
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