While trying to gain the ground in mobile operating system market, Microsoft reported urging to troubled Taiwanese Smartphone maker – HTC to bring Windows Phone OS into the already android powered phones as a second option.
The software giant’s this step is considered as a optimistic step by contacting the company, when its troubled time by offering something like win-win situation for bot the firms. Source close to the matter said that Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone, Terry Myerson also discussed reducing and eliminating licensing fees as the offer to HTC executives and the talking is in very preliminary phase. It has not been clear that whether the partnership will bring the Windows Phone + android handsets together or give the option to users to select the OS. Both HTC and Microsoft spokesperson said – “no comments!”
We guess, HTC might try to get into the Microsoft’s trap as the firm reported its first ever loss of $120 million (T$3.5 billion) in Q3 loss with less than third of last year’s same period’s sales. HTC has tried with the Windows Phone OS based smartphones as well as Android phones in past, but since June 2013, it has not released any WP powered handsets and according to the sources close to HTC, there were no plans of launching of any WP devices soon. Currently, HTC is in very troubled times as Beats Electronics also moved away from HTC by buying back its stakes and raising fund from another source.
In April 2011, HTC was the second largest mobile phone maker after Apple and its shares fell to approximately 90 percent since then. In Q2 2013, HTC plunged into 12th place in largest handset maker list.
Another rumor suggests that HTC is focusing on developing a new custom mobile OS for its devices targeting Chinese markets by deep integrating popular Chinese apps like Weibo and Ren-Ren, The smartphone with HTC’s own software is rumored to be launched by the end of this year. Microsoft also troubling to get a stable position in the mobile market, however, the appointment of new CEO after Steve Ballmer might give the right direction to the company.