Samsung interested in acquiring webOS from HP?

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: August 29, 2011

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The future of webOS has been in limbo ever since HP announced earlier this month that it would discontinue operations on webOS hardware in Q4 2011. Many think that HP will end up licensing the platform to other manufacturers, but a new report from the rumor mill claims that one company in particular may have its eyes set on webOS. According to Digitimes and its "sources from notebook players," Samsung is thinking about acquiring webOS from HP in order to "compete head on against Apple and Google." Neither HP nor Samsung commented on the rumor.

This isn't the first time we've heard about the possibility of Samsung adopting webOS, as a report back in June claimed that the Korean manufacturer was one of the parties interested in licensing HP's mobile operating system. The idea of Samsung snapping up webOS may sound a little strange to some, but out of all of the major manufacturers currently on the market, Samsung could be the one most likely to make such a deal. Although Android seems to have captured most of Samsung's attention, the company has also dabbled in Windows Phone 7 and has its own Bada OS, showing that it's not afraid to try out different platforms on its hardware. What do you all think of the idea of Samsung buying webOS? Is a Samsung-made webOS handset something you'd be interested in or would you rather see a different manufacturer take the reins of webOS?

Via BGR, Digitimes