HTC Wants To Buy A Mobile OS

HTC wants its own mobile operating system and HTC has some of the more successful handsets that run the search giant’s Android operating system. Taiwan News Channel reported that Cher Wang, chairman of HTC, stated that the company can use any OS it wants and it is uncertain which operating system HTC would purchase and optimise by adding the HTC Sense custom user interface……………


HTC has produced devices running a handful of operating systems over the years, from big names like Android to lightweight options like Qualcomm’s BREW and the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer seems to have been thinking the same thing, as company chairwoman Cher Wang has revealed that HTC is considering purchasing their own mobile operating system for use in forthcoming devices. Following HP’s announcement that it would cease production of webOS devices and begin seeking licensees for its stricken platform, it was speculated that Android vendors including HTC and Samsung were worried about the future of Android following Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. As a result, it was reported the companies had been looking to acquire the webOS platform to develop devices running their own OS to further expand their market reach. HTC’s Cher Wang told reporters in China:

“We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse.”

Wang also said that HTC’s advantages lie in its distinctiveness, who could mean developing products that run different operating systems:

“We can use any OS we want. We are able to make things different from our rivals on the second or third layer of a platform,” Wang said. “Our strength lies in understanding an OS, but it does not mean that we have to produce an OS.”


HTC has reiterated its stance on Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility from the start and Wang continued to reaffirm that support by saying it was the correct decision by the search giant because Motorola has many significant patents, adding that Google may take time to think about how it brands its Android phones and how it manages other Motorola products. As the market stands, webOS is possibly the only operating system that HTC would be able to purchase, as it has some market exposure and HP is said to be open to offers. The company made the baffling decision to spend $300 million for a majority stake in Dr. Dre’s Beats headphone business last month and HTC purchased S3 Graphics for $300 million to get hold of its patents to better defend itself against Apple.



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