HTC on Windows Phone 7 – “We can’t cover, we can’t change, but we can add.”

HTC will be doing their own tiles. Pocketlint have spoken to Eric Lin, HTC’s online community manager, about their Windows Phone 7 plans.  Recent leaks, including from their own servers, have confirmed several handsets in the works from the company.

Eric Lin confirmed the company was definitely in the Windows Phone 7 game.

"We have every expectation that we’re going to be there on day one," he said. "I know that we’re working with Microsoft. I know that we have access to the OS, to the tools, so I have every reason to believe that we’re going to be there on day one".

Pocketlint noted that no HTC handsets have so far been shown yet, versus LG and Samsung’s handset, which has shown up everywhere.

"I think it might be one of those cases that they don’t have to," explained Lin. "Honestly, nobody doubts HTC’s dominance when it comes to Windows phones. If anybody does doubt our dominance, it’s only because they’ve never seen sales figures.

"I think it’s one of those cases where we’re really in a situation where people don’t mention us because they simply don’t have to. We’re the ones where it’s so accepted, you never have to say anything about us".

Eric noted that Windows Phone 7 will be fundamentally different from Windows Mobile for HTC.

"We won’t be able to change the core applications. We won’t be able to put a skin on top of the operating systems like we’ve done in the past," said Lin.

"However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything. We can add. We can’t cover, we can’t change, but we can add. So we’re going to look at how we can add, and how we can add value because of that.

"Even for the homescreen [Microsoft] is pretty prescriptive. But we can still add to the homescreen, so we can add our own tiles to that. It’s going to be a lot more adding than changing".

While we expect great hardware from HTC, we can certainly hope HTC will also bring some of its own software secret sauce, including essentials such as for example WIFI tethering.

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