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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 retrospooty on 9/13/2011 1:01:10 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... You truly are priceless Pirks. =)

RE: Why?
By Pirks on 9/13/2011 1:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
You're out of steam much faster this time ;)

RE: Why?
By retrospooty on 9/13/2011 2:16:17 PM , Rating: 2
There isnt a whole lot more to say... We have differing opinions. I think RIM's time in the sun is over and they are on the downslide toward the end, and you think wrong... LOL ;) The only real truth will be seen in time. 2 years from now we will know the answer.

One thing you cannot deny is that the market and public perception is that RIM is headed down. They can of course turn it around, but I don't see it happening, unless they come out with something better than they have now. It has to be good enough to make IOS and Android users want to switch, because the opposite is currently true.

RE: Why?
By Pirks on 9/13/2011 2:51:06 PM , Rating: 2
It has to be good enough to make IOS and Android users want to switch
Since smartphone market is growing and more and more people switch from dumbphones to smartphones, RIM can survive and prosper on the market growth alone, especially outside the US where iPhone and Android are weaker and BB is stronger, sometimes even monopolistic. So there's no urgent need to lure other smartphone users to the platform. It will be the case in the saturated non-growing market but it's not coming any time soon.

The only thing needed to change perception in the US is more fart apps, and QNX plus native C++ SDK are the solution for that.

RE: Why?
By retrospooty on 9/13/2011 7:12:02 PM , Rating: 3
RIM is a fart app

RE: Why?
By Pirks on 9/14/2011 4:17:57 PM , Rating: 2
Your brain is a fart.

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