With webOS out the window, there’s now that little bit extra breathing room in the smartphone business. However, HTC boss Peter Chou has said he isn’t interested in filling that gap with a new OS.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Chou says that HTC’s plan is to “leverage partnerships” with Google and Microsoft rather than compete against them.
The idea of HTC creating its own OS isn’t as far-fetched as one might think, though. HTC plans on hiring over 1,000 more R&D staff this year alone and is hoping to drown consumers in a sea of at least eight new phones before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, many have speculated over what Google’s acquisition of Motorola actually means for the Android ecosystem, but HTC is clearly not losing sleep over it.
Chou insists: “this acquisition is more to enhance Google's patent portfolio, to support us, to protect us...”. The patent ammunition can't come soon enough for HTC, as it has been engaged in a fierce battle with Apple for the past 18 months.
Under those circumstances, it's no surprise that it seems more than happy to snuggle up Google and Microsoft for the time being.
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