According to HP CEO, Leo Apokether, they are licensing their webOS to other manufacturers. The CEO added that one of the biggest names in the mobile phone industry, Samsung, is showing a lot of interest.
There is one reason why HP acquired Palm. This is Palm’s webOS. Despite initially saying that they would stay away from mobile phone and tablet markets, HP has released devices like the TouchPad, the Palm Veer, and the Palm Pre 2. Now, the company is pursuing its plans for licensing its operating system.
The CEO said, “We are talking to a number of companies, I can share with you that a number of companies have expressed interest. We are continuing our conversations.”
If this is the case, expect to see webOS-powered smartphones and tablets made by the Korean phone manufacturer. This may take place in the near future.
What would these Samsung-made webOS handsets look like? We’re guessing they’ll look like Samsung’s Galaxy series. If so, then these handsets would definitely be a hit.
If ever HP manages to strike deals with Samsung and other industry leaders, webOS will be another contender in the OS market. This platform will soon be neck-in-neck with OS leaders Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Since the Blackberry OS, Symbian, and MeeGo never really had a chance in the OS race, maybe HP’s webOS has what it takes to give the iOS and Android a run for their money.
Regardless of these statements made by HP’s CEO, Leo Apokether, Samsung had other things on its mind. In an official statement from Samsung’s representative Jason Kim, the spokesperson said, “Samsung will continue to strengthen its relationship with Google to provide ultimate values to customers.”
It looks like Samsung has pledged its allegiance to Android. After all, Google’s Android is a sure bet. However, this still doesn’t mean that Samsung isn’t interested in HP’s webOS.