The reactions to Google's planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility have so far spanned excitement, trepidations, and even a lawsuit -- but HTC Chief Executive Peter Chou is firmly on the positive end.
Chou sees no real conflicts brewing between Google's future hardware aspirations and his own company, which has produced some of the most well-known and best-selling Android OS devices to date. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Chou highlighted the benefits that HTC and other companies would see from Google's overall strategy -- especially where intellectual property is concerned.
This acquisition is more to enhance Google's patent portfolio, to support us, to protect us, so this is good news, said Chou. In the patent battles that have recently escalated between high-tech heavyweights including Apple, Microsoft, and fellow Android OS manufacturers such as Samsung -- not to mention Motorola and HTC themselves.
While rumors have been circulating for over a year that HTC is developing its own unique operating system, Chou's comments were certainly phrased to dispel this impression. According to Chou, the company will continue to leverage partnerships with Google as well as Microsoft, whose Windows Phone OS found much of its (admittedly rare) success with HTC's smartphones. And may not need to be said that Hewlett-Packard's recent failure with WebOS is likely to discourage the development of alternative mobile operating systems -- a fact which cannot be lost on HTC, which was one of the odds-on favorites to acquire Palm last year before HP won the bidding.
Chou went on the stress the steps that HTC is taking to differentiate themselves withing the Android ecosystem as he calls it, rather than provide a completely different experience. Chou said that HTC will be focusing on acquisitions and other deals of its own, such as last week's declared partnership with Beats by Dr. Dre (to provide heightened audio and style to HTC smartphones), and last month's announcement of a plan to acquire S3 Graphics (itself assumed to be mostly about patent protection).
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