HTC considering mobile OS purchase

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



1. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 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!!!

10. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

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

27. Sensey! unregistered

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

2. artklopjhg unregistered

use Meego!

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...

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

5. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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 ???

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

22. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

6. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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 : )

16. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That would definitely be a crazy awesome combination.

28. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

i second that

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

8. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

17. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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

24. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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....

26. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Meego is not for sale. it is open source.

18. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 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.

25. Man2006 unregistered

They should name "SOS"

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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? :)

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.

11. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 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.

14. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

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

15. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 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.

31. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

13. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

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

32. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I just lost the game. Thanks a lot.

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and now so did i, thanks commentator.. lol

19. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

HTC WebOS would be my dream phone. Make it LTE & 1 gig RAM and I will buy one sight unseen.

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.

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