HTC considering buying its own OS

HTC is in the market for a new operating system - which could be good news for HP's balance sheet.

According to The Next Web, the company has confirmed it is considering the move, with discussions already taking place within the company. Indeed, HTC’s Cher Wang told reporters in China: 'We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse.'

However, it doesn't sound like the new OS would be at the expense of its other platforms. He added: '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.'

So HTC is not exactly showing all of its cards right now, but the indications are that it will go with its own OS in time. All of which could work to HP's advantage. It looks to be the only company in town selling an OS, with the firm recently announcing an end to support for webOS. HP was also looking to license out the OS in the past, so talks could have already taken place with HTC about webOS in some capacity.

With concerns about the future of Android phones after the Google purchase of Motorola and a possible increase in royalty costs, webOS just might offer a decent alternative if marketed, promoted and developed in the right way.

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