HTC considering buying own mobile OS, webOS a possibility

September 12th, 2011


HTC could be planning to buy its own mobile OS, which would place it in direct competition with Google and Microsoft.

Speaking to Focus Taiwan News Channel, HTC’s Cher Wang  said the company seeks to offer something different in the smartphone market, saying there’s a possibility of the firm developing its own mobile OS. “We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse,” Wang said.

“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.”

The ‘second and third layer’s refer to the HTC Sense user interface, which the company says provides its smartphones with more user-friendly features compared to other Android smartphones – such as those which come skinned in Samsung‘s TouchWiz UI.

Of course, the obvious for HTC choice would be webOS, the platform which HP has recently given up on, after originally acquiring the OS from Palm. Another option for HTC would be soon-to-be-defunct MeeGo OS, which was jointly developed by Nokia and Intel.

[Source: The Next Web]