HTC may be looking to approach the vast Chinese smartphone market from a new angle. According to a report issued by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, the handset manufacturer is rumored to be working on a new mobile OS aimed specifically at China, with chairwoman Cher Wang closely tied to the product.
Wang is believed to working with Chinese state authorities to ensure that the platform meets approval. The OS seems like a logical move for the handset manufacturer; it would not only provide the company with a new approach to vast user-base, but it could also provide an OS alternative to Google’s Android, similar to Samsung’s current efforts with its Tizen platform.
The HTC OS will supposedly be closely tied to China-specific services, including China’s popular social networking service Sina Weibo. HTC is also reportedly well into the production of the OS and could be ready to release it to the public before the end of the year.