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HTC's Chairwoman has stated that her firm is considering buying a proprietary operating system. Many think HP's defunct webOS could be an appealing target.  (Source: HP)
Could Taiwanese phone super-star finally give webOS the TLC its fans hoped for?

Google, Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system may be the industry gold standard, currently accounting for approximately 50 percent of global smart phone sales, but faced with intellectual property issues and market homogenization, many top Android phonemakers are reportedly considering creating or adopting proprietary operating systems.

The latest rumor, reported by the Economic Observer of China, claims that Taiwan's HTC Corp. (SEO:066570) is considering buying an operating system for use in its best-selling smart phones.

The publications quotes HTC chairwoman Cher Wang as stating, "We have given [purchasing a proprietary OS] 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. Our strength lies in understanding an OS, but it does not mean that we have to."

In other words HTC is content to currently use its Sense User Interface (UI) to differentiate itself on its target platforms, but it might want an operating system of its own.  While this is hardly a firm commitment, it's enough to spark much excitement in the mobile community as it leaves the door open that HTC might buy Hewlett-Packard Company's (HPQ) webOS.

WebOS was a promising operating system which had arguably some distinct advantages over its more successful competitors.  However, HP essentially ran it into the ground, failing to deliver compelling products and then bailing on its first webOS tablet after less than seven weeks on the market.

Rival South Korean phonemaker Samsung Electronics Comp, Ltd. (SEO 005930) was rumored to be considering purchasing webOS, but the company's CEO resoundingly denied these rumors.  Motorola Mobile, Inc. was rumored to be considering purchasing a third party operating system as well, before it was scooped up by Google.

Speaking of Motorola, HTC showed none of the fear of favoritism that Nokia Oyj.'s (HEL:NOK1V) CEO was sounding the alarm on.  HTC said that Google made the "correct" decision in buying Motorola, given that the acquisition bought Google intellectual property which it could use to defend its partners.  Google has said this was a key reason for the acquisition.

Ms. Wang stated that she expects Google to be very careful when considering how to sell Motorola branded devices, such as not to harm its third party hardware partners.


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RE: Why?
By TakinYourPoints on 9/12/2011 8:36:39 PM , Rating: 2
The problem is that they're right in this case. Microsoft of all companies makes more money off of Android than Google does, and they make more off Android than they do their own WP7 handsets. This is due to licensing fees that they chose to collect, while Apple and Oracle are instead choosing to litigate and shut it down. In all cases so far the courts have come on the side of Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle when it comes to IP theft and breaking of patents.

In any case, Google has left their hardware partners hung out to dry and wide open to accusations of IP theft and breaking patents. If HTC is pissed, they have every right to be.

It makes complete sense why HTC wants to buy WebOS, it offers them actual protection in court and control over the complete hardware/software stack.


RE: Why?
By retrospooty on 9/12/2011 11:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
Right... but not.

Read the article again. Its about HTC possibly buying WebOS

While it is correct Google isn't making a ton of money for each Android license, its not the same business model as Apple and MS.

Google runs an entirely different business model and they made an extremely affordable mobile OS to help bolster the rest of their business. They are not in the same arena as MS and Apple...


RE: Why?
By Pirks on 9/13/2011 6:48:14 AM , Rating: 2
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Read the article again. Its about HTC possibly buying WebOS
In other words, it's about HTC becoming more like RIM and Apple, less like Google and MS. Another point against your anti-RIM trolling.


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