Peter Chou says HTC is not interested in having its own OS, will stick with Android

Peter Chou says HTC is not interested in having its own OS, will stick with Android
The last few weeks have seen a change in the smartphone landscape, thanks to Google's acquisition of Motorola and HP's decision to stop producing any more webOS flavored hardware. Is there an opportunity somewhere for HTC to get involved and perhaps acquire webOS or another OS to call its own? The quick and simple answer is a resounding "No", according to the CEO of the Taiwan based firm, Peter Chou.

In an interview published in the Wall Street Journal, Chou says that HTC's goal is to take advantage of his company's partnerships with Google and Microsoft, and build hardware that differentiates itself from the competition. Chou told the Journal that, "It's not the operating system, it's the ecosystem, We think we can find a way to differentiate to add value, but at the same time leverage our partners, Google and Microsoft, since we have such a great relationship with them."

So HTC is going to continue along the same Android-lined road that is has been traveling on. They are taking the risk that Google isn't lying when it says that the Motorola purchase was only done as a patent play. After all, HTC and Motorola compete in the smartphone arena and when the company that supplies the OS for the vast majority of your phones acquires one of your competitors, it has to make you step back for a moment and wonder what will happen in the future. But Google has made it clear what their intentions are and it doesn't involve limiting the number of Android handset manufacturers.

Of course, now that HP is probably looking for a way to jettison webOS, there is a viable OS available, probably for a good price. But Chou claims not to be interested in anything but turning out the hardware that has taken HTC from a fairly unknown contract manufacturer to being a household name.

source: WallStreetJournal via AndroidandMe



1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

A new OS in such a competitive market as it is could be a mayor risk that may be unnecessary as they are already producing great sales from their current lines. leaving an ecosystem for some doubts on your head wont be the best move and could get your company on certain loss while trying to create a new ecosystem for them when there is another ecosystem they would use....

2. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Of course they don't want to. Making an OS actually requires work.

3. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Go HTC bring that beats audio to a future android headset near you. dream phone for 2012. 4.5 all touchscreen, 720p display no pentile, android ics, beats audio, 18 month support, 4g lte, a battery that last 2 days on average usage.

4. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh yes, we're HTC. We're going to continue pumping out phones with poor quality build while forcing owners to buy newer phones for ridiculous prices because of Android fragmentation. And oh my HTC BEATS AUDIO!!! OMG, best announcement EVER!!! It's like HTC is on the bandwagon with a guy who supports the worst kind of music on the planet, rap.

5. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

HTC has some pretty good physical builds.

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

at least they make phones that can make calls. oh man look at my awesome new iphone4.. hey can i borrow your nokia flip phone? i need to make a call and i dont have a bumper yet! lol miz your a moron... plain and simple. HTC makes iconic devices for both MS and Google. Definitely the top sellers on WP7 and many of the top sellers on Android. Why would they need to build their own OS? they get all the benefits without any of the risks. Of course, snatching palm and incorporating the "cards" system or other parts would definitely differentiate itself from other android overlays.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

ignore him... he will get tired and go away... or whats left of his brain will explode, whichever comes first in fact i just got a plan... just tag along :)

19. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Boohoo, Miz opinion is different from my own.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I like turtles

10. Madden unregistered

".......while forcing owners to buy newer phones for ridiculous prices............." LmFao!!!! It's the other way around buddy.... Still $650,, $750 for retail unlocked iphones (not that it matters....cuz you just mooch off people...) Whereas it costs closer to $500 for other off-contract phones (I purchased an extra unlocked Streak for only $200....).....

11. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

dude, rap is not the worst, that title falls to opera, its too boring. Apple is like opera, simple, but boring Android is like Rap, ever changing and exciting. Miz, are you a Beibler by any chance? maybe that's why you keep on acting like a teenager?

18. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Boohoo, get over it. You all know it's true. HTC phones are horribly built. At least Motorola phones have some decent build quality to them. Good lord, did I just give Motorola a compliment? Hope Sniggles doesn't see that. Whatever, cry and moan, but the fact is that HTC is a crap phone maker and all you need to do is look at the problems the Thunderbolt is having for proof.

22. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

Just to annoy you, your Profile Picture looks gаy as f**k. But that isn't surprising. All iSheep are gаy and you must be the exhibit A. See I can even rhyme while busting your nuts.

20. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

I call bullsh*t on your story. HTC makes the best quality Android phones. THAT, not the fact that their software is great, is why they are more expensive than other Android phones. And why should you or anyone give a s**t about the Beats Audio deal. You aren't forced to use it after the purchase of an HTC phone. Go troll somewhere else..

23. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

go swallow some nuts you god damn dragon troll

24. superpiff420 unregistered

Nope screamo is the worst

12. Scribed3d

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 08, 2010

You know... If I were in the upper management of HTC, I would strongly consider buying the Palm O/S rights from HP. Even if they do nothing with the technology, this would give them a large bank of patents to use in their (and everyone's) war with Apple. That being said, it is a frightening thought that Apple may buy the Palm rights. Imagine the explosion of lawsuits that would erupt on the next business day after that sale would close.

13. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Miz shut the hell up go in the bathroom and beat off to your iphone seeing how you love it so dam much

16. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Nah, I have a woman for that job ;)

14. theBankRobber unregistered

HTC has the BEST build quality I have ever seen in any phone manufacture, my wife dropped her EVO 4G in the toilet and we let it dry and it still worked. My best friend was drinking one night talking on my EVO 4g and dropped it in the parking lot. I found it the next morning with the battery cover off and it had been laying face screen down and it was ran over. NO MARKS OR BROKEN PARTS, I almost s**t myself. I could tell it was run over because of the tire marks on the cover. My brother dropped his iPhone on the floor and step on it and cracked the digitizer touch panel. Mine was run over by a car weighing a few tons and nothing, brother steps on his Apple iPhone, cracked screen. Quality huh, yea HTC runs that department.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Android phones with Sense running on it is so heavily customized it basically is its own OS lol

17. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh yeah, and it closes faster programs faster than a tanking business.

21. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

Force closes are mainly caused by inexperienced users who use Task Killers and such.

27. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

inexperienced users ????? wow I didnt know I have to take a class to use android...

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