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HTC decides it needs its own operating system

Smartphone handset maker HTC has decided it needs an operating system of its own.

The firm's chairwoman Cher Wang admitted the feeling within the firm was that it should pick up its own operating system or always be beholden to someone else.

"We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse," Wang told the Economic Observer of China.

"We can use any OS we want," she added. "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."

The announcement follows the kerfuffle caused by Hewlett-Packard when it announced in August that it was confused as to what to do with the WebOS operating system, it picked up for a small fortune with its acquisition of Palm.

HTC will certainly be looking at WebOS, having seen lawsuits flying over technologies in Google's Android OS that Apple - amongst others is tossing about willy-nilly.

Wang said Google has made the "correct" decision in buying Motorola Mobility because of the many significant patents it holds. HTC seems, however, to think that these patents may not give it - and Google - enough protection from patent lawsuits,

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