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Amazon closing in on the acquisition of webOS from HP, sources claim

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Amazon closing in on the acquisition of webOS from HP, sources claim
The Amazon Kindle Fire is obviously not some willy-nilly attempt by the online retail giant to jump on the eventual tablet gravy train, since it is so interwoven with all of Amazon's services.

After the plans for a second, 10.1" tablet made by Foxconn for next year were revealed, now a report broke out that Amazon might actually be in this for the long term, and has offered HP to buy webOS from them, most likely for its future tablets.

The sources say that HP is actively looking not to leverage webOS and use it for something not quite clear yet, but rather to pawn it off to the highest bidder, and Amazon is reportedly the closest now to inking a deal.

Of course, these negotiations might have started during CEO Leo Apotheker's time, who just got ousted last week with a $13 million golden parachute, while the new CEO Meg Whitman took in $1-a-year salary and stock options, SJ style. It is not clear if she will be willing to go with the alleged sales of webOS to Amazon, but it all depends on the price, we guess. Speaking at an interview with This is my next in July, Palm's Jon Rubinstein actually mentioned Amazon as a desirable partner for webOS, so talks might have been in an advanced phase even then:

So, we’d like a partner that would allow us to expand the webOS ecosystem… There’s a variety of different sets of a characteristics to qualify as a good partner. I would say Amazon would certainly make a great partner, because they have a lot of characteristics that would help them expand the webOS ecosystem. As to whether there’s been discussions or not… that’s obviously not something I’m going to comment about.

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posted on 30 Sep 2011, 06:52

1. ralphyd (Posts: 10; Member since: 24 May 2011)

I think this would be a great match. Amazon has the its music, video, and book services to spark the interest of a platform that is too good to let die.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 09:40

5. iCandy (unregistered)

But why buy it when it is available for free? Like WebOS, Tezin is Linux with a HTML5 application layer. As it is supported by Intel and Samsung among other electronic giants, it will be well funded and supported in the future.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 06:52

2. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

well, we all wanted someone to buy it and make it into a viable platform again... didnt see amazon coming, but hey, there ya go. :)

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 07:13

3. jmreekes (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

I think amazon would be the best company to purchase webOS. They are one of the few companies that would be able to make webOS successful again. I would love to see a future amazon tablet running webOS.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 07:56

4. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

anything is better than seeing it die. Amazon seems to be in the Tablet wars to win the Tablet wars. But I thought that about HP as well. Both had grand plans and deep pockets. Hope this works. Sure will miss the option to have it on a smartphone.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 11:30 1

6. Phonecall01 (unregistered)

WebOS is being passed around like a B....

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