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Samsung rumored buying webOS, taking on HP veteran

updated 08:20 am EDT, Mon August 29, 2011

Samsung may get webOS as next in-house mobile OS

Samsung couldn't escape industry talk Monday as a new rumor made it a candidate to buy webOS after HP's spinoff plans. The company would reportedly be looking for another self-run OS to challenge not just the iPhone but Android, Samsung's current platform of choice. HP's former VP of marketing for the Personal Systems Group, Raymond Wah, has already supposedly been poached away to manage Samsung's PC business, Digitimes said.

The motivation may come from Google's buyout of Motorola. In spite of an insistence by Google that it would run Motorola at arm's length, Samsung may be nervous that Google will follow through on rumors of emulating the iPhone strategy and promptly competing against its own Android partners. Getting webOS would also be more feasible than buying HP's PC business because of the much smaller scale.

Samsung already has its own self-developed OS, Bada, but has only had enough traction to outsell Windows Phone and not much more. The OS has been deliberately reserved for lower-end phones like the Wave series and is considered somewhat redundant next to Samsung's customization of Android. WebOS is intended for everything from entry smartphones through to tablets and would be unique; HP and Palm devices mostly struggled based on hardware quality, not software.

None of the involved companies have agreed to comment.

By Electronista Staff


  1. chippie

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    Very Interesting

    Google purchasing WebOS would be even more interesting!

  1. facebook_Robert

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    Read our own story please

    Samsung already has Bada - long before the Google announcement. So what that should tell you, is Samsung was keen to control the OS long before the Google announcement.

    You've noted that Bada outsells Windows Phone 7, but hasn't set the world on fire.

    Hence the actual reason they'd be interested in WebOS. They might take WebOS further than they could take Bada, because WebOS is a highly respected OS that was never paired with top notch hardware - Samsung can do that.

    Also HP just, in a weird way, gave WebOS a big boost by bringing up another 500,000 users via a firesale. I know the # people are thinking is 250,000 - but that was Best Buy alone that was rumored to have 250,000 in overstock - they weren't the only company to liquidate touchpads.

    On the other hand, there are some still in transit or in the hands of retailers that are still selling them at full price - so the full 500,000 didn't get to the market, but lets say there was a significant boost of WebOS interest - to help Samsung get the ball rolling.

  1. Hash

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    A very good move on Samsung side

  1. bazaarsoft

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    Would be even more interesting if they also got any patents that HP/Palm holds with respect to mobile technologies - might help them fight off patent disputes - which they seem to be losing recently.

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