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Taiwan smartphone maker HTC reports profit jump as Android phones grow in popularity

Taiwan's top smartphone maker HTC said Friday its fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled from a year earlier amid strong demand in global markets.

Net profit for the October-December quarter surged to New Taiwan dollars 14.59 billion ($500 million), up 160 percent from a year earlier, and a 31 percent increase from the third quarter, the company said in a statement.

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