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While there’s no specific word about the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE that have been delayed by U.S. Customs last week following an ITC exclusion order, the Taiwanese handset maker claims progress is being made to get the devices moving onto American shores again.
Engadget is reporting that HTC seems to be more confident that its Android-based handsets will enter the United States without being held up in customs, a fate that befell its two latest smartphones -- the One X and EVO 4G LTE -- only last week.
The delay is the result of an ITC exclusion order handed down back in December following Apple’s victory in a patent dispute against HTC. The order kicked in on April 19, which was rather bad timing for the release of the company’s latest pair of handsets this month.
However, the dark cloud appears to be lifting. In a statement made to investors today, HTC notes, “some models have gone through inspection and been released to our carriers’ customers” -- although no specific model information was given.
“Each imported HTC model must be reviewed by Customs and will be released once Customs officials have completed the inspection,” the note also reads. “We don't have the status of each specific device model at this time, but we are working closely with Customs. We remain confident that this issue will be resolved soon.”
Android fans have rightfully been up in arms over the delay, pointing their ‘droid-loving digits in Apple’s direction for holding things up -- although it appears to be far more complicated than that. In any event, we’re sure HTC has learned a valuable lesson about the International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs.
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