The talk over at MobileTechWorld surrounds the debate over whether HTC should abandon its Windows Mobile roots and go with the Android operating system. Whiloe at first glance, it may make sense for HTC to jump ship–its HTC HD2 hardware is receiving praises but getting knocked at CNET and Gizmodo because it runs the Windows Mobile OS that many are critical of, the firm may cut licensing costs as Android is open source, and Android is getting hot with Google services like Google Maps for Navigation, flagship devices like the Motorola Droid comes with added value and won’t be relegated to commodity status.
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However, there is also the other side of the coin, and if HTC does make that jump, there will also be downsides. Some of which may include the fact that it will have to play within Google’s ecosystem, which may not always be fair and may be dictated by favorites. Additionally, with rumors of a Google-branded Android phone on the horizon in 2010, HTC will need to compete with other OEMs and with Google. As the original Android OEM, it must feel a bit used if Google was just using it and others as testers in this Android experiment.
And finally, diversification in its product portfolio may lead to additional sales. Exchange 2010 and Windows Mobile are compelling products for the enterprise and Android 2.0 isn’t quite business-ready yet, which would make sense for HTC to keep both OSes ready. The firm, in the future, could aim to do what Palm did with Palm OS and Windows Mobile–essentially launch both OSes on similar designs and hardware chassis, saving hardware development.
(via: MobileTechWorld–visit MobileTechWorld for their full analysis on why HTC should make the full jump to Android)