HTC Considers Its Own Mobile OS

Another day, another mobile operating system joins the party. HTC has said that it considering developing its own mobile operating system

Smartphone maker HTC has told Bloomberg that it is considering whether to develop its own mobile operating system for its handsets.

“We continue to assess, but that requires a few conditions to justify [having our own OS],” HTC CFO Cheng Hui-ming told Bloomberg.

HTC Evo 4G Phone
HTC Evo 4G Phone

HTC is the manufacturer of several popular smartphones running the Google’s mobile OS, namely Android. Among the latter are the Google Nexus One, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, the Droid Eris and the HTC Evo – the world’s first 3G/4G Android handset. HTC additionally offers devices, such as the HD2, that run a mobile OS from Microsoft.

Offering an OS of its own, as Apple and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion have successfully done, would enable HTC to be less reliant on outside parties.

“There are multiple factors to be considered together, rather than a simple statement as to own or not to own,” Cheng said.

HTC’s consideration of a mobile OS of its own is likely to give new legs to reports that HTC is interested in purchasing the for-sale Palm. While it’s been suggested that HTC could benefit from Palm’s patent portfolio, Palm’s mobile platform, webOS, is its more obvious best asset.

“WebOS is a good, modern OS, and it could be a strong competitor to Android-based devices given a proper level of marketing investment, especially in the home markets of the acquirer,” analyst Jack Gold, with J. Gold Associates, wrote in an 13 April report on possible Palm suitors.

Morgan Stanley analysts believe that webOS could enable Motorola to have a more long-term mobile device business, Bloomberg reported, and finds Nokia to also be a possible fit.

Lenovo, Microsoft, LG, Dell and Samsung have been named as possible, though not likely, purchasers for Palm.