HTC reportedly launching Windows Phone devices: Handy diversification

Summary:HTC has Windows Phone 7 devices on the runway. These devices could be a good diversification tool as HTC largely rides with Android.

HTC is reportedly going to launch devices with the latest Windows Phone operating system Mango Sept. 1. The move will be a nice hedge against becoming too dependent on Android.

BGR is reporting that these Windows Phone devices will be headed to AT&T and T-Mobile. The news by itself isn't all that surprising---HTC and Microsoft have been strong partners for years---but the launch is notable given the Google purchase of Motorola.

Publicly, HTC has said it will support Android even though Google now owns Motorola, an obvious rival. Both Samsung and HTC have supported Google's acquisition of Motorola. And why not? Google will own patents that can give HTC and Motorola some lawsuit protection. Meanwhile, it's also possible that Google will exit manufacturing anyway.

However, the long term picture for Googorola is uncertain. Will Google really keep Motorola sandboxed? Can Google really not offer better hardware and software innovation? Will a channel conflict ultimately become a problem?

None of those questions will be answered any time soon. The solution for now: Diversify. Windows Phone will start getting a lot more looks from not only HTC but other smartphone makers too.





Topics: Mobility, Enterprise Software, Google, Microsoft, Telcos, Windows


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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