iPhone 5 release date hype countered by HTC President
HTC America President talks about the iPhone ahead of the rumored new iPhone 5. Plus, HTC also reveals interest in buying its own operating system.
The iPhone smartphone is not cool anymore, according to HTC’s Acting President for America Martin Fichter at the Mobile Future Forward conference in Seattle, as reported by Geek Wire.
Apparently, the statement was made ahead of the rumored mid-October release of the much-anticipated iPhone 5 or the next generation iOS-based smartphone of Apple, the company that owns the top two most popular smartphones in United States, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS.
Fichter believes that the iPhone is “not cool anymore.” He revealed that after talking to some kids on her daughter’s college, he discovered that “kids” don’t find the iPhone cool anymore because “dads” are now using the iPhone. He added, “We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”
HTC is expected to rival the upcoming iPhone 5 with a set of new Android and Windows Phone-based smartphones ranging from mid-range to high-end with Long Term Evolution. Some of the rumored new HTC phones are the HTC Vigor with Verizon LTE and dual-core processor, the HTC Holiday with AT&T LTE, and the HTC Titan packed with a front-facing camera and a large 4.7-inch screen.
HTC is obviously creating its own ecosystem to rival the market dominated by Apple and Samsung, and it is a “no shocker” to hear its interest in buying its own operating system.
According to CNET, HTC is playing with the idea of buying its own mobile operating system. It is worth noting that HTC has secured an impressive market share with the help of Android, but can the Taiwan-based company create its own ecosystem? HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang reportedly told press in China the “internal” discussion of buying its own operating system.
HTC’s Android rival, Samsung, is using its own operating system alongside Android, the Bada operating system, and the South Korea-based company is now marketing the phones with the said operating system as the “mid range” phones with the impressive Samsung Wave 3 phone packed with Bada 2.0 operating system and top of the line features like 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, a powerful 1.4GHz single-core processor, and HSDPA 14.4 connectivity. By the way, Samsung’s most popular smartphone to date is the Samsung Galaxy S II, an Android Gingerbread-equipped phone that will arrive in USA this month.
The iPhone 5 is expected to somewhat “change” the US smartphone game again, and it looks like HTC is preparing itself. The Android ecosystem on the other hand, is also expected to compete with the Android 4.0 operating system refresh that will reportedly include the feature of unifying the smartphone and tablet operating systems, the Gingerbread and Honeycomb molded into one to form a powerful operating system build. No words yet if HTC will tap the new OS this year. According to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, the Android 4.0 will arrive in October or November of this year.
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