HTC planning to buy their own OS
HTC have used numerous operating systems in their phones, ranging from the popular Android to the less know Brew MP. One thing we’ve never seen is a HTC OS, made by HTC, well this looks like it’s going to change. The chairwoman of HTC, Cher Wang snnounced today that HTC were looking at buying an operating system and had discussed it within the company.
Wang told the Economic Observer of China “We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse.” So it looks likely that the Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer will be looking at for a suitable OS to purchase for use on their smartphones in the future.
Wang pointed out that HTC can use ‘any OS they want’ and their selling point is how they modify that OS for the ease of use for users. The HTC Sense UI is where HTC currently excel, the second and third layer of a platform. The Sense UI gives users better software integration and incredibly friendly features than other phones running Android, Wand pointed out. This would allow HTC to get rid of Android more easily than other smartphone manufacturers.
This news may come as a surprise to Google as the majority of HTC smartphones currently run Android. If HTC were to create their own OS it would allow them more freedom with what features were available and possibly a more efficient operating system.
Samsung is currently pushing their Bada platform, leaving Android and Google. Does this mean that Google need to release their own phones if so many manufactures move away from Android?