HTC has followed its flagship Android handset, the One X, as the US Customs blocked it from entering American store shelves over “unresolved patent infringement issues” with Apple.
The Taiwanese smartphone maker currently faces an Apple patent skirmish that covers the Cupertino-based company’s procedure in allowing mobile devices to read phone numbers and addresses in text format and automatically move it to other applications. While HTC already talked about modifications in design and technology, the latest HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE shipments still needs scrutiny from US agencies.
Shares of HTC dropped over six percent after news of held up shipments broke through the market, which only worsened sales in the US.
HTC said in a statement,
The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order.
We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.
Apple has yet to comment on the matter.