HP CEO Says Company May License webOS to Phonemakers
June 29, 2011 11:10 PM
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HP seems fairly committed to the idea of licensing webOS, but it still has to work out monetization, as licensing could cut into its own gadget sales.
(Source: The Gadgeteer)
RIM is one company that could benefit from licensing. RIM already has a "new" in house operating system, QNX Neutrino, but arguably webOS is more refined.
(Source: Blackberry Cool)
Samsung and RIM are two possible licensing targets, HP still needs to figure out monetization
In an interview given in China's capital city of Beijing, Hewlett-Packard, Comp. (
) CEO Léo Apotheker revealed that HP may license webOS,
the tablet and smart phone operating system
it took on when it acquired Palm.
There are more than a a few die-hard webOS users out there, but HP has had trouble keeping up with the giants like Apple, Inc. (
) and Google Inc. (
) in terms of sales and number of apps.
Mr. Apotheker believes licensing may hold the key to
a webOS revival
, "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."
Licensing webOS would be tricky, in that it would create competition against HP's own mobile products. Ultimately, the company would have to get involved with advertising and data mining -- as Microsoft Corp. (
) and Google have -- for the move to make sense financially. Given the size of HP, it likely has some minor holdings in these fields, but it does not appear to have a great deal of experience there. Of course acquisitions could help to change that.
The move to licensing is intriguing, as it leaves Apple and Research in Motion, Ltd. (
) as the only smart phone OS makers in the market
to license their product.
While most of the talk about whom HP would license to involves Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (
) -- who is rumored to be irritated at Google for
dissuading it from modifying the Android interface
-- another likely party could be RIM. RIM, like Finland's Nokia Oyj. (
), is in a world of trouble when it
comes to sinking sales
. Not to take anything away from RIM's planned future smart phone OS -- QNX -- but webOS is arguably the better operating system. It seems inevitable that RIM will sooner or later look to an outside operating system -- an alliance between RIM and HP could be mutually beneficial in this packed market.
That said, the much talked about Samsung rumor is also intriguing. Samsung is currently the biggest Android phone and tablet maker, and is preparing to
pass Nokia for the world phone sales lead
. Even a partial switch to webOS would be serious concern for Google as a no-confidence vote from one of its strongest supporters.
Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf says that the might Google did show some signs of weakness for the first time, dipping in the U.S. from 52.4 percent of sales to 49.5 percent in the March quarter. Mr. Wolf claims that market share largely went to Apple. However, he does point out as well that Android
posted a large gain
for the quarter in global sales, so it's still Google's game to lose.
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RE: webOS is more refined? webOS is arguably better?
7/1/2011 6:24:58 AM
I believe there is room for a "third player" that is strong. And I do not mean MS/Nokia, they screwed their chances by delaying. Most users who could get into the clunkiness of Android will not touch WP7.
WebOS is "up there" in terms of competitiveness in OS features and usability. The top two players are extreme in their differences which means there is opportunity room for WebOS for being balanced in what it does.
You see, Apple is totally closed and only 1 model (Model-i). Android has the diverse range of models and there, rises its problems, software compatibility and fragmentation of the OS. Look Froyo, GB and HC all swimming in the ecosystem.
If WebOS can spread across its range seamlessly with strong hardware and strong focus, it can make it.
ie those sick of Apple's control and sick of Android's quickiness/confusion goto WebOS. HP needs to build strong Cloud services and back-ends to handle Corporate integration and home integration. On both counts the leaders are rather weak in this area. It is HP's forte, just go DO it.
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