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

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