HTC could be clearing the ground for a games download service for smartphones and slates, a US patent filed by the phone maker suggests.
Named in the filing as HTC Play, the online service will apparently provide “games and related content for computers, mobile phones, tablets and mobile devices, all via a global computer network”.
There’s no mention of which phones will support the service. But we think you can take it as read that it’ll primarily serve the Android kit that’s served HTC so well in recent years.
A Windows Phone 7 element can’t be discounted, though, especially given how keen Microsoft is to push its handsets’ mobile gaming credentials and the fact that HTC is one of Microsoft’s key platform partners.
News of HTC’s plans comes after this year it launched a movies and videos download store HTC Watch, which comes pre-installed as an app in the latest kit from the OEM.
Latterly, HTC has also filed patents for ‘HTC Listen’ and 'HTC Read' – suggesting that an iTunes-esque catch-all market might not be too far away either.