HTC (HTCKF.OB) is developing its own mobile OS for the Chinese market, the WSJ reports. HTC's operating system would have the potential advantages of better integration with Chinese apps like Weibo and a shared native language with Chinese consumers.
The move also has the prospect of allowing Taiwanese HTC to forge stronger political ties in China. The country's technology ministry said the country's mobile industry was too dependent on Google's Android in March.
Others have tried HTC's path in the past and failed. Acer's efforts were rebuffed after Google claimed its OS was merely a modification of Android and threatened to stop working with the company. And Samsung's Bada OS encountered a lukewarm reception and has been rolled into Samsung's new Tizen OS efforts.