Android phones will remain top priority for HTC, the phone maker’s CEO has stated, despite predictions that Google’s acquisition of Motorola would prompt the company to explore other avenues.
Last week, Google paid $12.5 billion to buy Motorola. The landmark deal for the handset manufacturer would give Google the option to make its own phones for the first time, thus reducing its reliance on manufacturing partners such as HTC.
However, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Peter Chou dismissed suggestions that developments have engendered a change of strategy and that the move had soured relations between Google and one of its most prominent partners.
He also denied persistent rumours that HTC could now press ahead with developing a proprietary operating system to rival Android.
Chou stated: “It’s not the operating system, it’s the ecosystem … We think we can find a way to differentiate to add value, but at the same time leverage our partners, Google and Microsoft, since we have such a great relationship with them.”
News of developments comes as HTC is preparing a slew of new device launches in the next few months.
Among the six to eight gadgets mooted to be coming to market imminently are its second-ever Android tablet, the HTC Puccini, as well as a new Desire branded phone.
Wall Street Journal