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HP CEO Leo Apotheker

In the past, if you wanted to use webOS you'd need to buy hardware made by Palm/HP. However, HP CEO Leo Apotheker today revealed that that may not always be the case. In an interview at D9, Apotheker said that HP would consider licensing webOS to third parties and that "It’s not correct to believe that it should only be on HP devices." When HTC was used an example webOS licensee, Apotheker said that that's a possibility that they'd "entertain." Speaking at the Qualcomm Uplinq conference today, webOS head Jon Rubenstein also said that HP might be interested in licensing webOS to some select companies.

Although it's not clear which companies, if any, would be interested in making a webOS-powered device, it'd be pretty interesting to see a webOS phone from the likes of HTC or Samsung, Plus, the arrival of such products could help boost webOS's market share a bit, which hasn't exactly soared in the past. Would any of you be interested in picking up a webOS handset if it were manufactured by a company other than HP? Which manufacturer would you most like to see create a webOS phone?

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Zach Cline It won't become as popular as iOS or android.
Salomon Murillo Sure, when it becomes as popular as android, or IOS.
Clint Winstead HTC hardware + webOS = WINNING!
Patrick Taylor Hahahahaha...wait are u serious!
Tomo Ishigaki webosss ahahaha
Mike Chiou Just don't care~
Anthony Dunlap If webos had better hardware and more app support
Anthony Dunlap Yeah I would like it :u like someonebelse said...webos is completely underrated!!!!! I know die hard android fans that would leave
Gary Kwan It's good to have dual-boot...
Larzarian Pendleton as long as the main os stays the same ...i dont wanna see 12 different forms of webos on different plaforms like they done with android ...dat jus kills a good thing
Henry Murillo That'll be pretty cool!
Tony Abiama It would be a nice change up... but just allow me to keep the apps
Josh Billingsley Hell no. who cares. Brian said its the best os! LMMFAO!
Ludvig Glavind Yeah why not?
Harvey Brown Hell no
Bejay Hummel Actually, I'd just be happy to see WebOs (HP OS, whatever) 2.0 + to show up on my Palm Pre like they said it would last freakin' year. That should be their first priority.
Matt Wolfgang Sure, then they can capture another .0000001% market share!
Nick Kalman If that would be made by HTC then yes
Dominique House Yup; need a new webOS device on Sprint.
Will Ross It would be cool to see somthing diffrent on my blackbery
Tafheem Nayeem Hell yes, incredibly underrated OS, I think android to stick to high end phones
Ryan Rees-Williams Its a nice OS but I almost prefer the pocket-pc-ness of android so I can't really say I would want it to take over every phone manifacturer
Brian Sloan Its the best OS just needs better apps.
Darryl Mouzone Yeah I don't see why not. It would be interesting.
Tim Gruber it needs more apps, but otherwise i would consider it if it were htc made. and custom roms would be nice
Kevin Lee I love web os
George Deleija Good because Android needs fresh competition
Chad Richter Since palm's hardware sucks, I'm for it.
Brett Lucy yes. like android.
Matt Weber No keyboard
Matt Weber Yes! One with a 4.3 inch screen and a dual core processor
Stefan Chapman not really *couch* sit *sniff* lol
George Millhouse no, no one cares
Kenny Hernandez Yess hell yess!! Please do it!
Mike Molina it wouldn't hurt so sure




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