Despite HTC’s strong ties to Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platforms, talk of the Taiwanese mobile manufacturer moving on with its own smartphone OS crops up from time to time. Last year we heard the company had considered developing its own platform, but the consideration hasn’t gone very far to this point. Now, HTC chairwoman Cher Wong says the company would be open to purchasing an existing OS. “We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally,” said Wang, “but we will not do it on impulse.”
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. But likely nothing will come of whatever “thought” HTC has given the idea. Their Android business is simply too strong at the current time to drop Google in favor of attempting to grow the market share of an alternative OS from scratch. While HTC is known for its stellar hardware, they can’t deny that Android is a large part of their recent popularity.