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HP working on licensing webOS to a number of interested companies

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HP working on licensing webOS to a number of interested companies
Okay, it is no secret that webOS is not the most popular mobile platform around. However, its low market share might soon be on a rise as Leo Apotheker, HP's CEO, announced that the company is already working on licensing webOS to other players on the smartphone market.

As our loyal readers may point out, the news coincides with the speculations from not long ago that HP could let other manufacturers use its mobile platform in an effort to bring the webOS ecosystem to a higher level. Which smartphone makers are interested in webOS is not exactly clear at this time, but people in the know claim that Samsung is on the list. This comes as a bit of a surprise as the company already has a number of successful Android smartphones in its portfolio while bada OS is surely not leaving the stage anytime soon. Would it make sense if a third platform makes it to Samsung devices?

As HP is still negotiating the licensing details with the undisclosed companies, there is no exact time frame given as to when we might eventually see the first non-HP webOS device hit the market.

source: Bloomberg via GSMArena

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posted on 30 Jun 2011, 07:17 1

1. droidnator (Posts: 90; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)

webOS will be fourth, actually. Let's not forget WP7.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 07:39 1

2. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

Actually it would be fourth, Doesn't Samsung currently makes only Android and WP7 platforms? So adding WebOS would make it the third platform...

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 08:04

4. droidnator (Posts: 90; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)

Now you are forgetting a platform - bada.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 11:00

5. oddmanout (Posts: 443; Member since: 22 May 2009)

Bada is a joke. not even worth mentioning tbh.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 18:18

11. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

I meant third*, not fourth. haha. What the heck is Bada?

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 08:02

3. Trevor (unregistered)

This platform will seriously hurt Android if these rumors are true. Manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Sonny Ericsson, LG and Motorola are not bound to one platform. They are likely to build devices powered by this Platform.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 14:05

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

This is the absolute best decision that HP could make. WebOS is amazing, and for them to license it would allow better companies to design awesome hardware. I would definitely purchase a WebOS phone if it was made my Samsung or HTC.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 14:39

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

No way to say it better.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 15:15 4

8. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

This is a good move by HP. WebOS could not compete with a very established iOS as a niche OS. WebOS needs to be exposed. It shows huge potential, and could easily compete with any OSes, I would say even better than android and wp. I've already said this before. I see webOS as the only true rival to iOS in terms of UI smoothness and implementation of features, I would say even better in some aspects.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 18:04 1

10. hepresearch (unregistered)


It's not often that I get to hear 530gemini say something that I like. Not sure if it will come true, but me likey...

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 15:38 1

9. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

More like WebBS. No one cares about webOS because the phones suck and HP can't make a good device to save their lives.

posted on 01 Jul 2011, 00:13

12. matt (unregistered)

If i was head of HP i would offer this OS to big companies like LG, Motorola, Samsung etc for free for the first year anyway.

They need other large companies to come in and push the platform. They need to entice these other companies to come in. I mean as a CEO of another company like the ones I've mentioned above, why would i pay for an OS that is virtually non existent in the market, that many people haven't even heard about (people that are not techies) when there is a free OS (android) available that has strong brand recognition, market share, apps (yh its slowly getting there) and something that is competitive with Apple. If they allow these other big players to use their software, they could trial it for a year with advertising and marketing being done by these other companies who upon seeing the success of Web OS will be more than happy to pay for it and push it forward. HP need to move fast, Microsoft already have released previews of its tablet optimized system and they have much more to offer in terms of a solid office suite, skype, xbox live and integration with the already market dominating PC.

posted on 01 Jul 2011, 12:37

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

Haha i see Samsung Dictating all the OS's in the future.

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