HP to let other manufacturers use webOS?
HP's Jon Rubinstein hinted today that the company might allow other manufacturers to use webOS. Speaking in California at the Qualcomm uplinq event, Rubinstein said, "We're not announcing anything today and our model is not to be a licensing business but clearly there is tremendous strength in being able to build entire ecosystems to deliver a unified experience. I think that we're be more than willing to partner with one or two special companies. Somebody who brings value to the ecosystem." Sounds like we could see an Android-style distribution for webOS.
The former Apple and Palm executive added that the platform has the full backing of HP. According to Rubinstein, the company plans on putting the OS on printers, computers and more. When asked if this was similar to the mentality at Apple, Rubinstein said that it was different, noting HP's strength in accessing the consumer and the enterprise and content users in the PC market.