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 recent news report. If HTC is indeed on the market, there is not a whole lot out there to be had. The biggest candidate would be webOS, a platform asking to be purchased from current owner HP after the computer manufacturer effectively shutdown all operations related to the mobile OS.
Following HP’s announcement that it would cease production of webOS devices and begin seeking licensees for its stricken platform, it was speculated that Android vendors including HTC and Samsung were worried about the future of Android following Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. After all, Google’s free operating system is getting expensive.
Wang said in an interview with the Economic Observer of China:
“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,” Wang said. “Our strength lies in understanding an OS, but it does not mean that we have to produce an OS.”
So rumors are spreading that HTC and Samsung are negotiating in acquiring WebOS as Android is getting alone with it’s own Motorola handsets in future.
As the market stands, webOS is the only operating system that HTC would be able to purchase, as it has some market exposure and HP is said to be open to offers. So expect HTC in buying WebOS soon and will see WebOS on future HTC devices.