HTC launches connect certification program for consumer electronics manufacturers

Telecom Lead Asia: Smart phone maker HTC announced its
HTC Connect certification program to offer consumer electronics manufacturers
the opportunity to create an improved sound and visual standard for
connectivity between HTC devices and consumer electronics.

For consumers, HTC Connect will mean high-quality,
wireless audio and video sent through their HTC smartphones to their compatible
in-home and in-car electronics.

HTC is working to bring the benefits and ease-of-use of
mobile connected devices into the home through the HTC Connect initiative. HTC
Connect certification introduces new connectivity standards for partners and
gives consumers using an HTC Connect-certified device a new level of
convenience through seamless integration with their other compatible consumer

The HTC One series of smartphones is slated to receive
HTC Connect certification through a software update in the coming months.

“The vision for HTC Connect is to allow our
customers to easily stream their favorite high-quality video and audio from
their smartphone into their home or car. This new initiative will build upon
HTC’s innovation in smartphones with leading consumer electronics brands,”
said Kouji Kodera, chief product officer, HTC Corporation.

Pioneer Electronics is the first and leading partner to
bring HTC Connect-certified devices to market. HTC Connect will be featured as
part of Pioneer’s 2012 lineup of DLNA-capable audio/video receivers and wireless
speakers delivering a seamless and consistent audio streaming and control

“We’re very pleased to be working with HTC on this
important evolution of audio technology, which fits very well with Pioneer’s
strong commitment to embracing the smartphone movement in our home
entertainment products,” said Russ Johnston, executive vice president,
Home Electronics Division, Pioneer Electronics.

“The use of smartphones as primary content sources
in the home is a trend that’s developing very quickly, and HTC is helping to
provide a much-needed solution for a very significant and growing part of the
market,” Johnston added.

The HTC Connect certification will also be extended to
future Pioneer products.

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