HTC looking at purchasing an OS of their own
The Next Web reports that HTC’s Chairwoman Cher Wang has confirmed the company was mulling over purchasing their own operating system.
“We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse,” Wang said in an interview with the Economic Observer of China, via FocusTaiwan.tw.
Recent moved by Google in its purchase of Motorola has created uncertaintyÂ amongstÂ Android OEMs, resulting in Samsung moving Bada development into high gear.
The only OS of noteÂ that’sÂ currently up for purchase is webOS, which has a significantly damaged brand.
Wang however said there was no urgency to purchase another OS at present, as HTC itself was not dependent on the underlying operating system:
â€œWe 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,â€ Wang said. â€œOur strength lies in understanding an OS, but it does not mean that we have to produce an OS.â€
HTC however continued to express support for the Google purchase of Motorola, saying it was not clear how Google would go forward with managing the company, especially in terms of branding, but that Google did need the patents to protect Android development.
On the back of the rumours of Samsung itself turning towards Bada instead of Windows Phone 7, it suggests Microsoft is not doing enough to position Windows Phone 7 as a viable alternative to counter Google, and that Microsoft’s relationship with Nokia may be seen as negatively by OEMs as Google’s with Motorola.