HP Looking to Sell WebOS for 'Hundreds of Millions'
HP is considering whether or not it should sell webOS to an unknown suitor for hundreds of millions of dollars, reports Reuters, citing four sources familiar with the matter. HP acquired webOS when it closed its acquisition of Palm in July 2010. It paid $1.2 billion for Palm. HP has been unable to capitalize on the mobile operating system developed by Palm, and in August of this year decided to shutter its webOS-based smartphone and tablet businesses. Reuters reports that several companies are interested in webOS, including Oracle, though probably for the patents that are part of the operating system and not for the platform itself. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is advising HP on the deal. HP and Bank of America declined to comment on Reuters' story.
HP to Shutter WebOS Support January 15
HP recently indicated that it will cease all backend support for WebOS devices on January 15. After that time, WebOS device owners will no longer be able to download or update apps, reset or restore their devices, setup new devices, or retrieve lost passwords.
TCL to Revive Palm with Help from the Tech Community
TCL Communications, the parent company of Alcatel OneTouch, today confirmed to Phone Scoop that it has acquired the Palm brand and plans to revive the failed tech company. "We are interested in the brand because we believe the brand has value," said TCL CEO George Guo.
LG to Add Mobile Component to TVs Via WebOS 3.0
LG will use its webOS platform to let smartphone owners connect directly to their smart TV. The company plans to show off new TV sets at the CES trade show next month.
BlackBerry Weighing Move to Android
BlackBerry is considering whether or not to make a smartphone based on Google's Android platform rather than its own operating system, reports Reuters. Citing sources familiar with BlackBerry's plans, Reuters says the company is working on a slider handset that would have a touch screen and a slide-out physical keyboard for typing.
Let us pray that it's HTC
More choices the better!!! Plus I'm so sick of android on everything. We need choices not iOS on the iPhone or Android on "Everything Else."
PS I can't wait for Nokia and windows to get rolling.
I love WebOS, but unless it's a major manufacturer (and likely NOT Sa...