HTC has cast doubt on its on-going commitment to the Android platform, amid concerns that the HTC Sense user interface could be a victim of Google’s clamp down on customisations of its operating system.
Talk of Google limiting the extent to which manufacturers can put their own spin on Android phones has hit new levels this year, amid problems ensuring skins work with new versions of Android.
Nowhere was that more evident than in the case of the HTC Desire. Issues getting Sense to play nice with Android 2.3 fuelled untold grousing from beleaguered users, in turn harming the platform’s standing as a whole with tech fans.
No doubt mindful that custom skins might not be too long for this world, the handset and tablet maker is exploring other options. One such being buying an OS of its own, HTC's Cher Wang has told Economic Observer of China.
This would allow it to really differentiate its kits from the competition and reducing its reliance on Android.
Wang stated: "We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse.
“We can use any OS we want. We are able to make things different from our rivals on the second or third layer of a platform. Our strength lies in understanding an OS, but it does not mean that we have to produce an OS."
News of developments comes as HTC, which was the earliest supporter of Android, has arguably been superseded by Samsung as the platform’s go-to brand.