HTC Eyes Operating System Purchase

HTC’s chairman, Cher Wang said that company is looking for Operating System options but won’t take any decision in a hurry.

HTC is looking to buy an OS after due diligence, according to the company’s chairman Cher Wang. The operating system will be used to run its smart phones. Focus Taiwan News Channel reports on HTC’s intent of acquiring an OS albeit will not have any pressing need for it. It is unclear which operating system would be bought and be optimized by adding the HTC Sense custom user interface. However, HP’s Palm webOS is a likely candidate.

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In an interview with Observer China, Chairman Wang said, “We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse. 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.”

HTC wants the acquisition to be coherent with existing line of handsets that have robust hardware, smart designs and superior software.

Two major operating systems — Baidu OS and Aliyan OS, are being closely watched by HTC. The company has been successful in running handsets on different operating systems and still provides a pleasant user experience.

The only exception being Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, as its operating system does not allow a third party user interface to be added.

HP’s Palm webOS platform is reportedly to be of interest to both Samsung and HTC. Samsung though has deeper collaboration with Google Android, Windows Phone 7 and Bada OS. Although webOS acquisition appears to be a good long term bet for HTC, the company is keeping its plans under wrap but an announcement is expected by early next year during the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.

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