Things just can’t seem to be good at HTC. From the departing designers to product leads, there has only been drama at the Taiwanese Android device maker, famous for their introduction of the all-metal HTC One. Several top designers were arrested (while others released on bail) including Vice President of Product Design Thomas Chien, R&D director Wu Chien Hung and design team senior manager Justin Huang (who also personally sketched out the One’s design before the phone as produced).
These designers and other key role-players at HTC were on the verge of creating a new design firm in both Taiwan and mainland China, so much so that HTC claims it witnessed Chien taking vital information about the upcoming Sense 6.0 design interface and sending it to industry contacts via email.
It gets even better: while design was done in-house, the three men used an external design firm to invoice HTC for over US$334,000 worth of commission fee between May and July — followed by the splitting of money between themselves. Oceans 11, anybody?