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HTC considering mobile OS purchase
HTC is already one of the most prolific mobile manufacturers with many devices available running both the Android and Windows Phone OS, but it seems that the company may want to take a cue from Samsung and have an in house OS to work with. The Next Web has reported that HTC co-founder and chairperson Cher Wang has confirmed that the company has been considering purchasing a mobile OS.

Wang said that the company has considered purchasing a mobile OS, but will not go lightly into any action. She added that the company understands that its strengths are more in understanding an OS and differentiating on the "second or third layer" of an OS, but not particularly in building the platform itself from the ground up.

Unfortunately for HTC, the only well-known mobile OS that may be available is WebOS. But, regardless of the quality of WebOS, that platform is a marketing nightmare right now after being mishandled by both Palm and HP, so we completely understand why HTC would be taking any purchase consideration slowly.

source: The Next Web

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posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:48 13

1. Kjayhawk (Posts: 285; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


BUY WebOS Now HTC!!! Why is it unfortunate for HTC that WebOS is the only OS? Its a very smooth OS. And if they mix it with some HTC sense, it would be incredible. If only more developers followed WebOS!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:03 9

10. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)


Yes buy it and rename it HTC Sense Os!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:29 7

27. Sensey! (unregistered)


Buy IOS and put sense on it to make it lively. That would be awsome.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:48 5

2. artklopjhg (unregistered)


use Meego!

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:49 2

3. abi1234 (unregistered)


well thats kind of obvious.. since Google acquired motorola mobility.. the OEMs must have back up OS.. Samsung has.. bada.. now HTC.. and the rest will follow...

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:52 6

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


I dont want any more OS. WP7 vs Android (vs. Inferior iOS) vs bada, a korean OS and symbian is too much already...
Wait a minute... Something's wrong!!!

There is MEEGO!!! Sh*t. Meego + HTC FTW!!! Then they also go buying webOS.
I would buy that phone.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:52 3

5. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Yes, and everyone is saying that the Google motorola deal has not changed anything, all the manufacturers will continue to make Android phones... : P

Now, when are you going to understand that the manufacturers will leave android ???

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:09 5

12. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Manufacturers are hedging their bets because they don't know what will happen with Googorola. They'll keep making Android phones as long as it's profitable, which given the current market landscape will be a long time. Customer choice is a great thing, but who wants to develop software for 9 different OSes?

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:40 3

22. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Actually Pete- I do not think you have every truly understood what we are saying. EVERY one of the respected sources I have read have said in the short term there will be reaction to protect themselves until Google's purchase of Motorola is approved and their intentions are realized. That is why most people feel W7 will get a nice boost in partnerships. However, everyone is saying is that RIGHT NOW Motorola is already putting out Android devices, so that Google can operate Motorola as part of an Umbrella company, sharing financial commitments with Moto and STILL put out Android as an open source, free OS. THAT is our point. NOT that things won't react to the sale at first. EVERY LARGE INTERNATIONAL COMPANY IS STRUCTURED TO ALLOW THIS. All kinds of tech, food, vehicle, medical, and every other multi-billion dollar corporations operate different companies under a structure that allows each to operate as a separate entity, but share finances.

Give it a year. If we are wrong, Google will end up losing Billions in revenue and handset makers end up having to commit millions in developing an OS they do not have to now. Which is why most analyst believe it is simply not going to change this landscape. There is too much profit on both sides to allow it.

I see this as exactly why Samsung is doing- covering their bases by getting an operating OS into a few markets to cover themselves. It is smart buisness for Samsung to do it for Bada, and smart for HTC to do it with an OS.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:53 7

6. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


If HTC buys WebOS, you can be sure that i'll be getting one to try it out, i would really like to see a HTC WebOS phone : )

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:21 8

16. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2657; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That would definitely be a crazy awesome combination.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 11:08

28. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


i second that

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:55 7

7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


If they buy WebOS, they dont need to call it webOS. Just take it, throw some Sense enhancements on it, throw it on high end hardware and see what happens.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:58 2

8. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Call it sense OS : )
I can bet you that Samsung and HTC are probably talking about HTC using bada, but of course i don't know if HTC rather wants its own OS, or if samsung rather wants to keep bada for themselves. But a HTC WebOS would be cool.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:23 4

17. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


I really think it should be meego. Long before android and other OS, htc made the true smartphones. Intel is a great company and I think a great OS and a great company should work together to create something superior than the others.
Meego had multitasking, extremely beautiful UI.
It's a great smartphone OS.
---the nokia n9

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:46 1

24. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


That might make sense, except they are talking of purchasing an OS. I did not think MeeGO was for sale. Although, with no partners, it may be....

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:26 2

26. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Meego is not for sale. it is open source.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:58 1

18. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)


WebOs has been ready for prime time but the lack of hardware, design and advertising has been its down fall. HTC could really take this Os and tweak it and get developers to back the Os. Get rid of the WebOs name and rename it HTC Sense Os.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:15 3

25. Man2006 (unregistered)


They should name "SOS"

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 08:59

36. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol SOS? instead of all caps, lets say it phonically, so instead of SOS (save our ship) it could be HTC Sauce. Sauce OS sounds pretty good already.

Who wants some of that HTC Sauce? :)

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:58

9. Man2006 (unregistered)


Instead of buying WebOS, HTC can make a new OS with a completely different UI than what you'd expect on most smartphones today. On the other hand, it would be kinda annoying to have many operating systems in the market. WebOS is a good idea if they skin it with Sense.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:06 1

11. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Any new OS that comes out in the near future will surely fail big time. The market is full of OS sharks ready to eat up the competition.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:14 1

14. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Which is only more reason to go with webOS, a known operating system than many are familar with.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:19

15. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Right, webOS is the only other viable option. Just rename it senseOS or something.

But even webOS failed so GL to HTC with whatever they attempt.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 23:28 1

31. Commentator (Posts: 2331; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


WebOS failed because Palm was a dying brand and HP was basically irrelevant in the phone market. If an up-and-comer (i.e. HTC) were to take it on, it would probably fare much better. Right now, HTC has enormous brand recognition as a company that produces quality handsets (although their recent offerings have been disappointing, IMO, thanks to their reliance on Qualcomm chipsets and LCD screens). HTC would have a lot of catching up to do, but I see no reason they couldn't at least make it their version of Bada.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 08:10 4

13. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


webOS + Sense software revamp + HTC Hardware = Serious Threat to the Game.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 23:29 1

32. Commentator (Posts: 2331; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I just lost the game. Thanks a lot.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 09:00

37. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and now so did i, thanks commentator.. lol

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:11 3

19. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


HTC WebOS would be my dream phone.

Make it LTE & 1 gig RAM and I will buy one sight unseen.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:29 2

20. Laron (unregistered)


Web OS is the best multi-taskin OS availabe, or atleast it was, some people still have it. Combining HTC Sense with Web OS; that would be a force. HTC Sense already has the best interace, in my opinion.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:30

21. Laron (unregistered)


*interface

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 09:43

23. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I would dump whatever I own for a HTC - WeBOS handset as soon as they produce it if they are smart enough to purchase it after saying a month ago they wouldn't. I will miss my Palm Pre Plus when I upgrade. Give me an excuse to buy one, HTC. That is all I wanted from HP- an excuse.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:20

29. greatness (unregistered)


HTC can do whatever they want but the nextEVO better have my Ice cream sandwhich after i get tired of the nexus prime

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 15:12 2

30. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


HTC THE BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT YOU CAN GET IS WEB OS,THE BEST USERS EXPERIENCE WHEN IT COME TO MULTITASKING.
HTC GOT EVERYTHING TO GAIN WITH THE COMBINATION OF SENSE WILL BE NOTHING BUT BRILLIANT,GO! GO! GO! HTC ON WEB OS

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 23:30

33. Commentator (Posts: 2331; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


LOUD NOISES!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 23:58

34. Artax (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


Meego's Multitasking is rad. webOS couldn't even play movies in the background like the QNX Playbook could. I owned a touchpad 32gb until they canned it and the OS had ISSUES.

Music player was a sham, it wouldn't shuffle songs that weren't in the first 250. Good bug to ship!

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 00:05

35. jtech (Posts: 101; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


blackberry7 + HTC?????

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