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HP Would Consider Licensing webOS

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Jun 1, 2011, 2:20 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Speaking today at the AllThingsD conference, HP CEO Leo Apetheker said that the company is open to licensing webOS, which it acquired when it purchased Palm in July 2010. Apotheker said, "WebOS will also be adopted by many partners who provide services to small and medium businesses. Traditionally HP has a strong channel into medium companies. … I happen to believe that WebOS is a uniquely outstanding operating system. It's not correct to believe that it should only be on HP devices. There are all kinds of other people who want to make whatever kind of hardware they make and would like to connect them to the Internet. We'll make it available to enterprises and to SMBs. It will run on lots of HP devices." Apotheker also noted that the company believes webOS can become the number three smartphone platform, behind Google's Android and Apple's iOS. The company plans to install webOS on its PCs, laptops, and other devices. Apotheker hinted that HP is also prepared to unleash new smartphones with webOS on board. Its most recent phone, the Veer 4G, is available from AT&T.

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Jun 1, 2011, 11:08 PM

The only sound they'll hear is crickets chirping...

Really? Licensing webOS? For who? Why? The 6 people worldwide who use it? Does HTC or Samsung want like 3 of those 6 annual sales? Good Luck HP!
This would've been a good idea for Palm when they first released webOS a couple of years ago before Android had all of the traction and momentum that they do now and before WP7 got off of the ground. As it stands, this consideration is too little, too...
Maybe a third party would put WebOS on a phone someone would actually want to use. The sad little girlyphones HP is offering sure aren't doing it any favors.
Who says that they necessarily want to use WebOS on smartphones? I think it's a fantastic OS, and would work well on a tablet, an e-reader or who knows what kind of mobile device. And WebOS is certainly vastly superior to Android.
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