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HTC Head Dispels Rumours Of An Android-Based HD2

Settling the rising tides of rumours on the blogosphere, HTC’s chief executive has said that the company isn’t planning to come out with an Android-powered iteration of its HTC HD2 handset.

In an interview with Forbes magazine, the chief executive of the Taiwan-based handset maker, Peter Chou, has quashed the rumours suggesting that the company could launch an Android-version of its HTC HD2 handset.

In his interview, Chou maintained that his company would focus on the smartphones based on Windows Mobile platform, and would work on developing new range of handsets to bring the enthusiasm about Microsoft’s mobile operating system back.

Citing the same, Chou said in a statement: “Technically, we could make the HD2 an Android phone, but I have to take care of Windows Mobile. We're working hard on these kinds of products to get excitement about Windows Mobile back”.

The handset, which has already been announced in the UK, has Windows Mobile 6.5 as its operating system, and sports a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, along with 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, HSDPA and a 5.0 Megapixel camera.

The candid statement from Chou comes as a disappointment for the users keenly waiting for an Android-based large touchscreen device from HTC.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.