When Google bought Motorola Mobility, Andy Rubin, the Senior Vice President said that their vision of Android remains untouched. He repeatedly emphasized the fact that Android was an open platform and welcomes any ideas to all their partners to develop and distribute innovative devices powered with Android. However, HTC is not convinced about this and they believe that Google acquisition of Motorola Mobility puts them in direct competition. According to reports coming from Taiwan’s Central News Agency, HTC is up to their new plans and confirmed that they are thinking of acquiring their own mobile operating system.
Cher Wang, the HTC Chairwoman, told the Economic Observer of China that HTC discussed about the plans of buying their own operating system internally but they are not going to do it right away. Most HTC’s units currently handle Google’s Android OS and some handle Windows’ Phone 7 OS. Wang also said that HTC still lies in their uniqueness and are into making different handsets running on various platforms.
“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.” Cher Wand said. That “second or third layer of a platform” that Wang said was referring to HTC Sense UI, which HTC claims provides better user friendly features with their smartphones.