HTC’s Chief of Innovation Horace Luke has resigned. There has been no update as to where he me be headed. In the last few years HTC has grown from a small Taiwan based firm to the global giant they are today thanks to the Android platform. The Chief of Innovation position at HTC seems like big shoes to fill.
HTC was the first manufacturer to produce an Android handset in the Google/T-Mobile branded G1. They followed that up with the Google branded Nexus One, which was the favorite of developers for a while. HTC is also the company behind the T-Mobile branded MyTouch devices. One of the things that has made HTC a standout is there willingness to take risks.
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Most of HTC’s Android devices proved to be very successful. The HTC Evo 4G was a runaway hit at Sprint and people are still buying it today. The follow up HTC Evo 3D seems to be just as much of a success. Verizon’s Droid Incredible and the HTC Thunderbolt have both been highly successful. Of course on T-Mobile HTC has the successful MyTouch series, and the HTC/T-Mobile G2 and of course the HD2. AT&T has had success with the HTC Inspire 4G. HTC had the second Android device on AT&T as well with the HTC Aria.
Luke is stepping down at a time when HTC is on fire, similar to Samsung’s CTO, Omar Khan, who resigned two weeks ago for Citibank.
HTC said in a statement
“We are grateful for Horace’s many contributions to HTC and wish him well in his future endeavors. Scott Croyle, HTC’s Vice president of design, has taken over Horace’s responsibilities and will continue a tradition of design innovation at HTC.”
Luke was wooed away from Microsoft where he had been a staple in their innovation for 9 years. Luke served as the Creative Director during his time at Microsoft and worked on Windows Mobile, XP and the Xbox.