Rumor: Samsung interested in buying HP's webOS software

Samsung are rumoured to be interested in buying webOS from Hewlett-Packard if an article on Digitimes is to be believed.

According to Digitimes, Samsung have already recruited Hewlett-Packards former vice-president of PSG marketing Raymond Wah, where he is expected to take charge of Samsung’s current PC sales.

Earlier this month, Hewlett-Packard said that they plan to spin off its PC business. Despite a few Internet rumours, Samsung have said that they are not interested in the company’s PC business, though Digitimes say that they are now considering a purchase of the webOS software, though both Hewlett-Packard and Samsung declined to comment.

The report said “The sources noted that the acquisition of HP's PC business, which has a rather low gross margin, may turn out to hurt Samsung's panel and DRAM businesses that have rather high gross margins, therefor HP's webOS may be the target that Samsung has the most interest in.”

A move for webOS would place Samsung into direct competition with Google, a company that Samsung has had increasing success working with thanks to their Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

HP acquired the webOS platform when it purchased the Palm smartphone company for $1.2 billion in 2010. HP has been promoting its expansion of webOS to other products, including PCs, in the last several months. In a surprise move a couple of weeks ago HP has confirmed that it will be shutting down nearly all of its webOS division, effectively closing the doors on both its Pre smartphones and its recently released HP TouchPad.

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alright now im confused. first neowin posts no gs2 for verizon. then they post about it coming to verizon. then you post samsung not interested in buying webos, now they do?

don't get me wrong, i hope they do buy it but these conflicting reports are ridiculous.

smooth3006 said,
alright now im confused. first neowin posts no gs2 for verizon. then they post about it coming to verizon. then you post samsung not interested in buying webos, now they do?

don't get me wrong, i hope they do buy it but these conflicting reports are ridiculous.

Well they posted about Samsung not being interested in HP's PC Business. Nothing AFAIK was said about WebOS

Ayepecks said,
Is there anything of HP's Samsung isn't rumored to want to buy?
I think they are willing to pass on the printers.

Ryoken said,
I think they are willing to pass on the printers.

HP makes bank on printer ink sales, they aren't letting that one go just yet. If the do leave the consumer business and go all enterprise, they will still make a killing on printer and ink sales.

Great, so if they do this, bye bye Android for them, which personally I prefer over webOS. (& also bye bye any possibility of Windows 8 tablets for them, which I prefer over both...)

MASTER260 said,
Great, so if they do this, bye bye Android for them, which personally I prefer over webOS. (& also bye bye any possibility of Windows 8 tablets for them, which I prefer over both...)

Just because they are buying it does not necessarily mean they are getting rid of Android or implementing WebOS.

For example, they could be buying WebOS to get at the underlying patents and then implement them as some sort of skin or mod to Android.

Just a thought.

DukeEsquire said,

Just because they are buying it does not necessarily mean they are getting rid of Android or implementing WebOS.

For example, they could be buying WebOS to get at the underlying patents and then implement them as some sort of skin or mod to Android.

Just a thought.


Doubt it. Would be nice, though.

MASTER260 said,

Doubt it. Would be nice, though.

Why would you doubt it? Unless you have insider information, there is no real reason to doubt it.

Clearly WebOS has valuable underlying patents.
Clearly Samsung already has a design team that produces a customer Android skin.
Clearly WebOS has a number of patents that the Samsung Android team can use to set Samsung tablets apart from other tablets.

Palm couldn't get WebOS to take off.
HP couldn't get WebOS to take off.

What makes Samsung it can make WebOS take off? HP certainly had more money, market power and expertise in the area.

At this point, I imagine that the underlying patents have more long-term value than WebOS itself.

DukeEsquire said,

Why would you doubt it? Unless you have insider information, there is no real reason to doubt it.

Clearly WebOS has valuable underlying patents.
Clearly Samsung already has a design team that produces a customer Android skin.
Clearly WebOS has a number of patents that the Samsung Android team can use to set Samsung tablets apart from other tablets.

Palm couldn't get WebOS to take off.
HP couldn't get WebOS to take off.

What makes Samsung it can make WebOS take off? HP certainly had more money, market power and expertise in the area.

At this point, I imagine that the underlying patents have more long-term value than WebOS itself.


Because usually when companies buy an OS when they don't have any others it usually means it's gonaa replace the OS they support.

MASTER260 said,

Because usually when companies buy an OS when they don't have any others it usually means it's gonaa replace the OS they support.

Like when Apple bought NeXt right? Oh no, wait, they just used the technology in OSX.

Companies buy technologies and other companies to integrate them into their existing product lines all the time.