HTC abandons tablet PC plans - focus on smartphones for now

The speculated HTC tablet running Google Chrome OS will have to be put on hold, as HTC's sales and marketing director claims that the company has halted all work on a planned tablet PC, instead, the corporation will focus on smartphone development, using Google's Android mobile operating system.

Rumors of an HTC-made touch tablet ran wild before this year's CES, with the company reportedly preparing a few working models, with at least one of them running Google Chrome OS. Unnamed sources also tipped that the devices would based on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially including the ever-so-popular 1GHz Snapdragon chip.

Note that this doesn't mean that an HTC tablet is completely off the table.  For all we know, they might just be waiting for Apple's rumored upcoming tablet believed to be made official on January 27th to prove that tablets can be successful before entering the market themselves.