HTC to construct Windows version of flagship phone

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside.

HTC said it developed the model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to make Android versions of the One and other phones.

“By no means does this indicate we're moving away from Android,” HTC spokesman Jeff Gordon said.

HTC Corp. was the first company to release a phone using Google's Android operating system in 2008, but it lags behind Samsung, and other makers of Android phones despite critical acclaim for the HTC One.

HTC was the first to release a Windows phone, in 2002, but it hasn't had a new one since 2012.

Gordon said HTC has been waiting until it had something strong enough to compete with Lumia phones from Nokia, a business Microsoft owns. A mid-range device, he said, “would completely be overshadowed by the competition.”

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