Samsung Expects 79% Profit Surge, HTC Sees Profit Halved

It seems that Android has been good to some but not so much to others.

Samsung Electronics expects a profit surge of 79% this quarter, driven primarily by its successful roster of Android-powered smartphones such as the Galaxy S III, which saw nearly 10 million preorders last month.

But HTC, also a manufacturer of Android smartphones, saw its profit halved this quarter. Profits were down to less than $250 million from well over $500 million in the same quarter last year.

Samsung focuses on higher-end smartphones that compete directly against Apple, while HTC has typically emphasized lower-end models. However, in recent months, the company has hinted at shifting its focus to fewer, high-quality devices instead of myriad, low-quality handsets.