Feeds

HTC and O2 split over XDA future

Carrier seeking new suppliers for smart-phone line

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

UK carrier O2 this week confirmed it is looking for new handset maker partners to push its XDA smart phone family forward following a parting of the ways with its original XDA supplier, HTC. Long-time HTC customer i-mate may also be for the chop, if comments from the manufacturer are to be taken at face value.

It was the Taiwanese manufacturer that effectively signalled the break earlier this week. A senior executive with the company's Dopod subsidiary, Prim Krithivasan, told Cnet Australia: "O2 doesn't have the relationship [with HTC] anymore... [and] going forward the HTC relationship won't extend to i-mate."

Krithivasan's comments came a day after O2 Germany announced two new XDAs, both made by HTC: the XDA Cosmo and the XDA Orbit.

Two weeks ago, i-mate launched its Jaq smart phone, the company's first device not designed and manufactured by HTC. The Jaq is believed to be made by Inventec.

O2 wouldn't say when its relationship with HTC came to an end, or which of them initiated the break. Instead, a company spokeswoman put a brave face on the split, stressing instead the opportunities the carrier hopes to leverage to work with fresh new partners going forward.

Still, it's a blow for the company's XDA efforts, which have relied almost entirely on HTC's device development savvy since the range was introduced in June 2002. Indeed, O2 was HTC's first European carrier partner.

O2 may turn to Quanta for future XDAs. The Taiwanese manufacturer already produces the XDA Atom for O2's Asian subsidiary, though the device has never made it to O2's European heartland.

HTC has been looking to strengthen its own name in the smart phone market for more than a year now, but the plan gathered further momentum in June this year when the company re-launched itself with a more consumer-friendly brand. It also acquired a big but undisclosed stake in Dopod, another of its many handset supplier customers which include carriers Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile as well as O2 and i-mate. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.