HTC Considers Purchasing An Operating System

Brad Chacos

Ever since HP shocked the world by basically saying they were discontinuing or selling off many of their core businesses, most of the rumors have swirled around the PC division. Will it be spun off? Who would buy it? ( Not Samsung. ) Aside from the hysteria-inducing TouchPad fire sale, the fate of the webOS team has largely been ignored. Now, a potential buyer has emerged from the shadows: cellphone manufacturer HTC.

HTC CEO Cher Wang told the Economic Observer of China that the company is considering jumping into the operating system waters, Focus Taiwan reports , but it’s not in any rush. “We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse," Wang informed the interviewer.

She said HTC’s deep knowledge of Android and its HTC Sense interface already made her company’s phones distinctive, which is probably why HTC is taking its time and weighing the positives and negatives associated with an in-house OS.  "We can use any OS we want. We are able to make things different from our rivals on the second or third layer of a platform. Our strength lies in understanding an OS, but it does not mean that we have to produce an OS."

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