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HP to let other manufacturers use webOS?

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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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posted on 01 Jun 2011, 16:31 1

1. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)

Over a year too late for WebOS.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 23:14 1

7. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 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...

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 16:40 6

2. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)

I could see htc making one great webos phone

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 20:12 2

5. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Brilliant Move!

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 18:17 3

3. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

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

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 10:35 1

13. derp (unregistered)

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

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 21:35

6. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 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.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 01:01

8. GYNGA (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Yeah, HTC with webOS would be cool

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 01:18

9. aamir adam (unregistered)

yes htc with webos will look great ,,

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 03:50

10. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 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.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 09:48

12. missan (unregistered)

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

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