David Danna in The Motley Fool on the fall of HTC and the problems with making hardware for Android.
Hardware makers always face slim margins. Think Dell and HP in the consumer PC market for examples. Software makers, on the other hand, have far higher margins; think Microsoft. The main exception to this is Apple, which makes both their own hardware and software and sells the package at high-end near-luxury prices. But Apple is the exception that makes the rule.
Android doesn’t make any money for anyone except Samsung.