HTC, makers of the first Google ‘experience’ Android smartphone and the first Windows phone, apparently won’t be getting access to Microsoft’s OS for ARM devices, named Windows RT. Apparently, the American software giant is concerned that HTC doesn’t have enough experience making tablets. HTC’s alleged desire to customise Windows’ interface, as it currently does with Sense on Android, may also have had an impact.
We’re quite disappointed that the manufacturer of amazing devices like the HTC One X – which with its quad core processor and HD ready screen is practically a tablet in miniature – won’t be getting an early shot at the third big thing in tablet operating systems after iOS and Android. On the other hand, going by the last actual tablet we reviewed from the Taiwanese company, the HTC Flyer, Microsoft may have a point…
It seems Microsoft is being very careful with the kind of experience it will offer users with Windows RT, which, as Apple’s iPad has demonstrated, is certainly no bad thing. Rigid minimum specs are already in place, including the 1,366 x 768 screen resolution that means every Windows ARM device will at least be HD Ready.
However, is excluding manufactures who have a proven track record in the closely related smartphone market really a good idea? It’s not like Nokia has a huge amount of tablet experience under its belt either, after all. We’re guessing Microsoft may well change its mind once HTC has cut its teeth on another Android tablet or two, but why not let us know your thoughts in the comments?