HTC considers purchase of mobile operating system

“Cher Wang, chairwoman of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp., said the company is considering buying an operating system (OS), but is in no rush, according to a news report,” Jeffrey Wu reports for FOcus Taiwan.

“Wang said HTC’s advantages lie in its distinctiveness, which means it can make unique products on different operating systems,” Wu reports. “‘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,’ Wang said. ‘”Our strength lies in understanding an OS, but it does not mean that we have to produce an OS.'”

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Wu reports, “Asked about Google Inc.’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility Inc., Wang said it was the ‘correct’ decision by Google because MMI has many significant patents.”

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[Attribution: BGR. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

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    1. While investing in Google seemed rather like a no-brainer (plenty of new markets to conquer), for a close follower of MDN, it should have been even more of a no-brainer to shift that money to AAPL. Even if you did it just 9 months ago, you would have still seen 20% of growth (as opposed to a loss with GOOG). Over 1 year, that difference was over 40%; over 2 years — more than 100%… AAPL comfortably outperformed GOOG in every quarter in recent history.

  1. Google is shooting on his own foot. The success of Android was based on that everybody could fight against Apple “together” using the same OS. But if no every company begin begin to use their own OS, who is going to develop applications for a niche OS?… no one…! and the secret of Apple is its vast App+Complement iphone and iPad Ecosystem which no one is being able to replicate. If HTC and Samsung, mayor players, do not use Android on their phones, Google will never be able to rival iPhone with their pathetic Motorola phones… I would say, game is over for Google…!

  2. “We can use any OS we want.”
    Not true when it comes to the best current mobile OS; it’s simply not up to you.

    Feel “free” to dabble with the derivatives though, as long as you’re feeling adventurous and lucky, while your “distinctiveness” doesn’t run on the Samsung way.

  3. If HTC needs a mobile OS, Apple has one for sale.

    For the low, low price of $15 per unit they will sell you the award winning Newton OS. It is so good, it’ll single handedly bring back the stylus.

    If you act now, Apple will throw in every productivity app ever made for the Newton.

  4. The writing is on the wall. HTC is hedging their bets, just like Samsung (which announced Windows 8 tablets just last week).

    No hardware maker can afford to be caught with an infringing OS and no alternative solution when the gavel starts coming down on those lawsuits. These are public companies, with shareholders and boards of directors. Both these groups demand contingency planning, so this should be no surprise.

  5. ” it was the ‘correct’ decision by Google because MMI has many significant patents”….. It’s a sad world where the purchase of a company and the value of the company is based solely on it’s patents.

    1. It’s kind of like vampires: Creating nothing, dead but undead by consuming the blood of the living. Let’s hope Google shed this EVIL side and get back to innovating. Apple require competition.

  6. The only problem with that is applications and application developers. Who really wants to develop for yet another operating system? This is why Apple is gaining so much ground in the mobile and PC world, they are unifying their software together so you only need one core app, just redesign the interface for each product.
    I plead to HTC NOT to go through with this. I would hate to see my favorit cell phone manufacturer go down the drain because they decided to invest all their time and effort on an operating system that will never take off.

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