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HTC Developing Own Smartphone Operating System

By - Source: WSJ | B 17 comments

HTC is hoping to launch its own smartphone OS in China.

Though the company is known for making the first ever Android smartphone, it seems HTC wants to branch out with its own smartphone operating system. The Wall Street Journal cites people familiar with the project who say HTC is working on its own smartphone operating system for the Chinese market.

WSJ's sources say HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang is overseeing the development of the OS, and HTC apparently hopes to introduce it before the end of the year. Though details about the operating system are thin, there will supposedly be tight integration with popular Chinese apps, including Weibo.

Though the news is surprising, it's not totally out of left field. The company said in April of 2010 that it was considering its own smartphone software. Speaking to Bloomberg at the time, HTC CFO Cheng Hui-ming said that there were many factors to consider when it came to own-brand smartphone software. If the WSJ is to be believed, they've considered all the factors and are going full-steam ahead with an OS.

With the Sense UI, HTC has already shown that it likes to put its own flavor on smartphones. Is a full-fledged HTC next?

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    house70 , August 29, 2013 6:08 AM
    From other sites one can learn that the Chinese govt. is involved in this new OS development. That alone clarifies that this OS is solely intended for Chinese market, not international.
    So no, this is NOT an attempt to launch an entirely new OS worldwide. Remain calm, people. I suspect this one will also be based on Android (if I remember correctly I read about it somewhere else), but it will be only directed towards the Chinese market.
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    Murissokah , August 29, 2013 6:43 AM
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    From other sites one can learn that the Chinese govt. is involved in this new OS development. That alone clarifies that this OS is solely intended for Chinese market, not international.
    So no, this is NOT an attempt to launch an entirely new OS worldwide. Remain calm, people. I suspect this one will also be based on Android (if I remember correctly I read about it somewhere else), but it will be only directed towards the Chinese market.


    I was thinking "cause that worked so well for Nokia and Blackberry", but now it makes sense. Chinese market alone is big enough to justify this, and their government is the big brother type, so it makes perfect sense.
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    Bloob , August 29, 2013 6:43 AM
    Please HTC, just use Sailfish or Ubuntu.
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    digiex , August 29, 2013 6:56 AM
    Just a case of China want to be independent of Western influence.
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    Camikazi , August 29, 2013 9:18 AM
    I hope HTC is careful about what they are doing, especially if they plan on using Android as a base. Acer found out that while Google is happy to help any company and to give their programs open-source do NOT break their rules. One wrong move by HTC and Google could be gone leaving them stranded.
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    captaincharisma , August 29, 2013 11:24 AM
    even if it is for just the Chinese market good luck getting developers to support yet another mobile OS
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    g-unit1111 , August 29, 2013 11:53 AM
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    even if it is for just the Chinese market good luck getting developers to support yet another mobile OS


    Seriously! We have iOS, Android, Ubunutu Phone, Windows Phone 8, Firefox OS, Blackberry 10, the list goes on. Make it stop already!!
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    back_by_demand , August 29, 2013 12:53 PM
    Seeing as China has 14% of the worlds population, if they all went HTC over the combined others they could potentially grab 2nd place in the world and still not sell a single handset outside their own country. China is a huge market.
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    NightLight , August 29, 2013 1:49 PM
    i hope they stay with android on the high end phones, or my next one will be a samsung!
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    house70 , August 29, 2013 2:29 PM
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    i hope they stay with android on the high end phones, or my next one will be a samsung!


    They will, unless they really have a suicidal tendency.
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    BranFlake5 , August 29, 2013 3:39 PM
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    falchard , August 29, 2013 7:07 PM
    If they are smart about it, it should not be an issue. I don't understand why Windows Phone is not doing better considering its a C# implementation. Windows Phone should have a .NET framework built into it so it should be easy to take a Java or Visual Basic app and bring it into Windows Phone.
    If HTC does similar and makes it easy to import Java, Visual Basic, and C#. There should be no reason for the OS to be useful.
    The only problem is if Google or Apple used processes that are specific for iOS or Android which I suspect to be the case. There really should not be an issue of implementing another languages programs into Windows Phone unless Google or Apple artificially block them by the way they give access to the graphics, sound, and touch inputs.
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    figman , August 30, 2013 1:24 PM
    I'm guessing this new OS will just be AOSP with a new store,HTC apps and a skin plastered on it. Similar to what Amazon did with their Kindle OS.
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    g-unit1111 , August 30, 2013 1:42 PM


    Michael Scott FTW!!! :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 
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    _Cosmin_ , August 31, 2013 9:20 AM
    As usual, when something works great...someone with smooth brain surface decide to see why and how he could change that!
    They don`t even learn from others mistakes (see Nokia near bancruptcy with it`s new OS...saved by the alliance with windows and low quality lumia devices)
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    sonofliberty08 , August 31, 2013 11:06 AM
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    Just a case of China want to be independent of Western influence.


    Just a case of China want to be independent of CIA & NSA monitoring
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    Camikazi , September 23, 2013 8:58 AM
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    Just a case of China want to be independent of Western influence.


    Just a case of China want to be independent of CIA & NSA monitoring


    It's more about the Chinese government wanting to be the only one who does spy on Chinese citizens (and anyone who buys these phones), no one wants to be number 2.