If there can be such a thing as a stealthy 500-pound gorilla, it’s HTC. This company develops and/or manufactures a significant number of the smartphones currently on the market, but it’s name is virtually unknown because most of these are sold by other companies under their own brands.
HTC is behind the Cingular 8125, T-Mobile SDA and MDA, Verizon VX6700, and many more.
Well known or not, decisions made by HTC executives have a big effect of the market. That’s why it’s important that this company is planning on making its future devices better music players.
This means that upcoming smartphones from HTC will offer more built-in storage capacity, Peter Chou, the company’s president, told ARNnet. Other unspecified hardware changes will also be made to make future models more music-friendly.
Another change on HTC’s docket is the phasing out of a feature that has been on handhelds and smartphones since their inception: an Infrared port.
The company no longer feels this is necessary, as most of its products include Bluetooth.
HTC has already begun this process. Some of its most recent smartphones, including the Star Trek, lack Infrared ports.
Although it primarily makes Windows Mobile devices, HTC isn’t ruling out the possibility of adding the Symbian OS to its roster.
“We’re not limited. We’re not Microsoft, we can do anything,” Chou said when asked about this.
However, at this time HTC doesn’t see much of a need to add an additional operating system to its product line.