With last year’s HTC One, and now with the new One M8, we’ve found plenty of reasons to enjoy these devices, but head-and-shoulders above the rest has got to be HTC’s stellar hand at design. Because unlike some of HTC’s competition, these One phones didn’t just perform well, but they also looked great doing it. With premium materials and legitimately useful features like stereo front-facing speakers, these handsets aren’t just iconic smartphones, they’re great-looking products in general. But will the next wave of HTC phones continue to impress in quite the same way? We’re all wondering that today, as we get word that Senior Vice President of Design Scott Croyle is leaving HTC.
Croyle’s been a part of HTC since 2008, but the One line is both his most recent and perhaps most esteemed accomplishment. He’s not going to be just up-and-gone, instead taking on a transitional role as HTC works to fill his seat, and will still be involved with upcoming projects for the immediate future.
HTC certainly has many other talented designers working for it, and even if future phones aren’t exactly like the One, they may still be very attractive in their own right – and sometimes fresh blood is just what’s needed to keep ideas from getting stale. But amidst all the other issues HTC’s had with executives parting ways, not to mention the difficulty the company’s had in bringing in a profit lately, and news of Croyle’s departure can seem a little troubling.
Source: The Verge