Is HTC CyanogenMod’s official hardware partner?
One interesting bit of info that came out of Cyanogen Inc. formation announcement, was that they are working on a partnership with a major smartphone OEM. The deal is almost done, and will be announced in a few weeks.
Which is awesome news for CyanogenMod fans, who will be able to buy an official CM phone next year. But who is this hardware OEM to put an alternative ROM on its devices?
Blog of Mobile reports that it may be HTC. Granted, the report is based on a post on Ruliweb forums, where one enterprising user pulled together some HTC project manager tweets and the fact that both, main Cyanogen Inc. office and HTC Developer Center branch are located in Seattle, to come to this conclusion. So take this with a big grain of salt.
On the other hand, Cyanogen HTC partnership would make a lot of sense.
HTC is running out of options to break through in the traditional Android world. And the Taiwanese upstart has always been at its best and most successful when it was pushing crazy new things. HTC was the first successful, main and biggest Windows Mobile smartphone maker for years. It was the first to commit to Android in a major way, and did amazingly well for the first few years. It’s just when some way bigger, stronger and more experienced players moved in, that HTC lost its way.
I can see how doing something crazy and new for a traditional smartphone OEM, like releasing Android flagship device with CyanogenMod, might appeal to Peter Chou.