From our Android-influenced perspective, the most exciting Windows Mobile phone on the horizon is the HTC HD2. It has a massively beautiful 4.3-inch, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and the very familiar HTC Sense UI. There's been talk that HTC would build an Android-equivalent of the HD2 but that doesn't look like it's going to happen any more. In an interview, HTC CEO Peter Chou says:
"Technically, we could make the HD2 an Android phone, but I have to take care of Windows Mobile...We're working hard on these kinds of products to get excitement about Windows Mobile back"
So it looks like while Windows Mobile is struggling and losing followers to much more exciting platforms (read: Android), HTC is remaining ever faithful and acting on its own to drum up excitement. We guess HTC cares about Windows Mobile more than Microsoft does?
Obviously not putting a top-end device like the HD2 on Android raises questions on the relationship HTC has with Android, is it not all rainbows and unicorns? Though he believes that because Google wants to do things differently and some of Google's moves may be 'destructive, Chou believes that HTC "can work with Google for a long time".
So end of story is that HTC can make an Android HD2 but won't because of loyalty (or is it sympathy) towards Windows Mobile. Regardless of this news, we still believe that HTC will continue to deliver top-end handsets to Android. They've got to come to their senses sooner or later.
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