HP to let other manufacturers use webOS?

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.

source: Pocket-lint

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11 Comments

1. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Over a year too late for WebOS.

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well we shall see either wp7 or webos... which one will rise? gotta say i think it will be wp7... the interface is much better and they already have nokia...

2. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

I could see htc making one great webos phone

5. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Brilliant Move!

3. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

OH yeah! Quality Motorola or HTC Web Os phones. Hopefully they do not add Custom UI's.

13. derp unregistered

HTC would be good, but for the love of god, do not let Motorola or Samsung get their hands on it.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

as I type on my Palm Pre Plus, all I can wonder about is how nice a WebOS device HTC could pump out. I shiver at the thought.

8. GYNGA

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Yeah, HTC with webOS would be cool

9. aamir adam unregistered

yes htc with webos will look great ,,

10. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Good move. Exclusivity to HP will not work for WebOS. iOS is just too dominant in that "exclusive" OS niche. By expanding to other manufacturers, it will give WebOS better chances of getting exposed on a wider scale.

12. missan unregistered

samsung galaxy sII WITH webos will be great . i hope samsung also make webos phone

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