Despite its adoption of both the Android and Windows Phone operating systems for its mobile devices, HTC is hungry for more, and it could be about to buy a mobile operating system of its own. The company has revealed to Taiwan’s Central News Agency that it is discussing its options internally, but that it will not leap into purchasing an OS “on impulse.”
Cher Wang, HTC’s chairwoman, told reporters:
“We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse.”
Wang also stressed that even without the company’s own OS, it has the ability to take third-party operating systems and make them its own, with features such as HTC Sense:
“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.”
Of course, the most obvious purchase for HTC seems to be HP’s recently abandoned webOS platform. The mobile operating system, which was built for HP’s smartphone and tablet devices, has been seemingly left for dead by the company after it announced plans to cease development of mobile devices — though the company has said that it has no plans to sell the platform.
This isn’t the first time a smartphone manufacturer has considered its future with the Android OS after Google announced it is to acquire Motorola Mobility and begin developing its own hardware. Samsung has also been weighing up its options, with its chairman reportedly announcing in a board meeting that “we must pay attention to the fact that IT power is moving away from hardware companies such as Samsung to software companies.”
Personally, I’d love to see HTC acquire webOS; the company already makes some awesome Android devices, and I’m sure it could breathe new life into the webOS platform.
Would you buy a webOS-powered HTC device?
[via The Next Web]