Tablets are a hot commodity, and many smartphone makers also produce them. HTC used to, and there has been some rumors and speculation that this company might be considering tablets running Windows 8. A company spokesperson has weighed in on this issue, and while he doesn’t say it’s impossible, he makes it clear it won’t happen soon.
HTC tried its hand at making tablets in 2011, coming out with three Android-based models. Its offerings weren’t particularly successful, however, and there haven’t been any new ones in a long time. Still, a spokesperson says that his company might get back into this market, if it thinks it could be successful at it.
Jeff Gordon, HTC’s global online communications manager, told Cnet:
HTC is pleased with the results of our first foray into tablets — the HTC Flyer, EVO View 4G, and HTC Jetstream — and like any products in the mobile space that were released some time ago, our tablets have run through their planned lifecycles. We’re continuing to watch the tablet market very, very closely for the right opportunity to re-enter in a way in which we’re not just offering a “me too” tablet, but a product that’s compelling, differentiated, and inspiring to our customers.
The last system software upgrades for the Flyer, EVO View, and Jetstream was to Android 2.3 (Honeycomb). None of these were ever officially upgraded to Android 4.x.
Earlier this year, Microsoft reportedly told HTC that it would not be allowed to make one of the first Windows 8 tablets becuase it did not have enough experience with the category of products.