All Sections

Samsung CEO: We won’t be buying webOS

At this year’s IFA 2011,  Sammy’s been kept pretty busy, unveiling the likes of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note. Between all these, Samsung’s CEO, Choi Gee Sung made time to tell journalists that the company will “never” look to buy HP’s mobile operating system , webOS, currently running the HP TouchPad and HP Pre 3. Ouch.

Several companies were rumoured to have shown interest in HP’s OS, with HP stating that they were interested in licensing it to other manufacturers.

“It’s not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion,” said the CEO.

With Samsung out of the game, it leaves the likes of HTC, white goods manufacturers (webOS fridge?) and perhaps some Chinese phone manufacturers seeking cheap OS licences, though it’s difficult to square that against the free access to Google’s Android.

HP announced last month that it would stop the producing hardware for webOS, which lead to huge price cuts on its TouchPad tablet, barely a month after it had launched in the UK.


Source: Bloomberg

Comments