SAMSUNG'S BEEN BUILDING an increasing dominance on the Android smartphone market in recent years, with analyst firms across the world listing it as the biggest player in the ecosystem.
By comparison, despite some success last year with its original 2013 HTC One flagship smartphone, Taiwanese firm HTC has been having a hard time of it and has struggled to match Samsung's sales volumes.
As a consequence 2014 could prove to be a key year for HTC, where the company's very future could be decided by how well its latest flagship One M8 smartphone competes with Samsung's recently released top-end, security focused Galaxy S5 handset.
On paper there is plenty to like about the handsets, with both coming loaded with a host of top-end components and software, including Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 801 processor and Google Android 4.4.2 Kitkat.
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