HTC could withdraw support for the Android and Windows Phone 7 platform in future, if Google and Microsoft impose restrictions on the level of customisation they permit.
The Taiwanese South Korean smartphone maker has been perhaps the most enthusiastic supporter of Android, with the likes of the huge-selling HTC Desire, Desire HD and Wildfire proving pivotal in bringing the OS to the mass market.
A big part of those handsets’ success was down to HTC Sense – the company’s custom user interface, which was overlaid on top of the standard, vanilla version of Android.
Latterly, the company’s WP7 phones, the HD7 and the HTC 7 Trophy have been the best received of the glut of mobiles that hit the market when the platform launched last month.
However, in an interview with Pocket-Lint, HTC’s director of User Experience, Drew Bamford hinted that his employers would be prepared to abandon the platforms entirely if Microsoft and Google are not prepared to allow HTC scope to customise its phones and tailor the customer experience they offer.
Bamford said: “We will do everything necessary to create the best experience possible.
"Right now, working with Microsoft and Google is the best approach, but that might not be the case in the future.”
He added: “I wouldn’t preclude HTC in the future doing something on a different operating system or even doing our own operating system.
“I don’t think that’s out of the question, because our goal is to address the needs of our users, and if we don’t have the freedom to do what we need to on a given platform we’ll try another platform or create our own.”