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Amazon, RIM, IBM, Intel possible webOS buyers, HP might sell platform for "hundreds of millions"

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We've been enamored with webOS since the day we saw the gesture-based platform on the first Palm Pre, but sadly the operating system couldn't get traction partly due to many delays, financial difficulties and weaker hardware. That was set to change after HP acquired it from Palm for $1.2 billion, but after a year of developing, the company came up with no novelties in the Pre form factor and quickly dumped the HP TouchPad and the whole webOS hardware business.

Since then, HP has been looking to sell webOS to interested companies, but there didn't seem to be all that many. Now, the company seems to have lowered the price to “hundreds of millions of dollars” for the platform. Reuters had four different sources confirming that and narrowing down the possible buyers to Amazon, Research In Motion, IBM and Intel.

Another company that might need to further cement its patent portfolio to help it win a legal battle with Android is Oracle. Former HP chief executive Mike Hurd for once was at the core of HP's webOS acquisition, and is now working at Oracle.

Selling webOS should move faster now that Meg Whitman has taken over the company as the new CEO promised a quick decision about its fate. In addition, the quickly evolving market deprecates the value of the mobile OS quickly.

source: Reuters

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posted on 08 Nov 2011, 03:58 1

1. Dr.Phil (Posts: 819; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I'm surprised RIM thinks they can afford "hundreds of millions of dollars." I actually hope IBM buys WebOS out, I think it would be interesting. I mean they build supercomputers, so perhaps they would build a superphone?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 04:00 4

2. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Web OS need to survive,it's a fantastic platform

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 04:42 2

3. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


RIM is the most desperate out of those firms and they got to acquire the OS fast to save their franchise. Apple was floundering and almost bought beOS only to acquire NeXTstep and what a difference the NeXTstep and Steve Jobs made.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 06:41 1

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats... actually quite true ardent. :)

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 05:58 1

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posted on 08 Nov 2011, 06:43

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I think RIM should buy it if they are still having issues with QNX. If they are getting QNX to work right, especially with android app compatibility, then they dont need. it.
Amazon has already proved what they can do with the android OS, it would be interesting to see what they could do with the WebOS.. though Im not sure it would fit the style that they have just created. Then again, with the creativity they have already shown, and their own advertising power, im sure they could make WebOS a viable platform again.. same with IBM.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:49

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Why would Amazon switch direction away from Android when thet have a successful release based on Android? Why would IBM dump $ into a software platform that has smaller market prospects than WP 7? Intel sells chips, not phones, so where is the fit for them? Oracle has a nice patent portfolio vs. Android courtesy of the Sun acquisition. The only logical fit would be RIM if QNX was hiccuping.

I doubt the sale price (IF there is a sale) will be 'hundreds of millions'. That is spin by HP trying to put a write-off of Palm in the best possible light.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:05

8. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


RIM is desperate for webOS if they can afford it. If it's taking them this long just to build an email client, and judging by what little they had to show when they revealed the BBX OS, it's pretty clear that QNX isn't quite working out.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:05

9. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Blackberry already has a good OS with QNX which has been reworked as BBX. The Blackberry Playbook arguably has the best OS in the tablet segment, its fast, secure, and easy to use. Any failings of that platform falls squarely on Blackberry and not on the platform, and them buying WebOS wont fix their woes unless they get their own act together. I don't see Amazon doing this either as they can just stick with android. IBM/Intel is a good bet though.

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