Ahead of Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement, HTC has revealed that it is at least evaluating the possibility of releasing future smartphones on Research in Motion’s BlackBerry 10 operating system. While RIM had operated much in the same way as Apple has in tying the software with the hardware in the past, the company has been more open about new strategies including licensing its operating system in an effort to grow market share. If HTC decides to license BlackBerry 10, the company would likely compete against RIM in that space.
HTC already creates smartphones and tablets based on Google’s Android operating system and is working on refreshing its lineup of Windows Phone smartphones based on Microsoft’s ecosystem. The company found early success as a manufacturer for carriers and other partners who often re-brand HTC products as their own, but the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer recently encountered problems competing with larger rivals like Apple and Samsung in a competitive market.
According to Pocket-lint, HTC’s Graham Wheeler, who heads up product management for the company’s EMEA region, says that the company is exploring the possibility of building phones with other operating systems.
“I don’t have any knowledge, but that is not to say we are not looking at it,” Wheeler said. “From my point of view we are not saying we are closed to a new operating system. We will review each one to make sure it’s the best for our customers.”
Perhaps, one day, we’ll see a BlackBerry 10 device with HTC Sense overlaid on top. Right now, Samsung has so far denied any collaboration with RIM and LG is focused on Android. For its part, RIM will debut six new smartphones with BlackBerry 10.