Is HTC ever going to make another tablet? After rolling out two Android tablets with N-trig pen support (three if you count a WiMAX variant, the EVO View 4G), the Flyer and the Jetstream, it has since abandoned the tablet market. First, HTC announced none of its tablets will receive the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update, and there have been no rumors or leaks hinting at future tablet devices. Now, word comes from Bloomberg that Microsoft has “locked out HTC from the development of products using the newest version of its operating system” based on the fact that HTC lacks experience in the tablet market.
What that means is that HTC won’t have a Windows 8 tablet at the OS launch, which is rumored to occur in October.
Of course, this doesn’t preclude HTC from releasing a Windows 8 tablet, likely a Window RT (Windows on ARM) device, down the line, but it won’t be one of the first to the market. HTC was one of Microsoft’s earliest partners with Windows Phone 7, and HTC continues to offer Windows Phone 7 handsets.