Despite ongoing fears that Google’s takeover of Motorola may lead to a one-horse race when it comes to Android hardware, HTC CEO Peter Chou has stated that his company remains firm when it comes to Android as their lead mobile platform.
With a host of new Android smartphones due before the end of the year, Chou told the Wall Street Journal that his company planned to “leverage partnerships” with Google and Microsoft in order to stamp HTC’s position on the smartphone landscape for good.
“This acquisition is more to enhance Google’s patent portfolio, to support us, to protect us,” said Chou.
“[…] 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.”
However, is this smoke and mirrors from Chou? While Android is his company’s current meal ticket, meaning he must keep Google sweet, the news of 1,000 new R&D staff headed to HTC’s HQ suggests that they may be in the process of creating their own operating system. HTC’s Sense UI is by some distance the best Androdi re-skinning out there, so we’d be happy to see that particular rumour bear fruit.