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Samsung Chief Executive Officer Choi Gee Sung said the company will "never" consider purchasing HP's webOS  (Source: engadget.com)
Samsung, instead, is remaining focused on its Android-related offerings as well as its own operating system, Bada

Last month, Hewlett-Packard announced that it was killing off its webOS platform as well as its TouchPad tablets. It began selling off its remaining TouchPad inventory at prices as low as $99, sparking a frenzy of sales.

Even before the announcement, Hewlett-Packard President and CEO Léo Apotheker said HP may license webOS to phonemakers, where Samsung and Research In Motion (RIM) were potential targets.

Also, industry researchers such as IDC had mentioned that Samsung may want to boost software assets by purchasing webOS after HP made its announcement.

Today, Samsung rejected any speculation that it intended to purchase webOS for its handsets and tablets. In fact, Samsung Chief Executive Officer Choi Gee Sung said the company will "never" consider this deal according to Bloomberg News.

"It's not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion," said Choi at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany.

Samsung, instead, is remaining focused on its Android-related offerings as well as its own operating system, Bada, which was recently added to three of its new phones including the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y.

Rumors have also circulated that Facebook and HTC may be interested in the software as well, but neither have confirmed nor denied these claims.

Nevertheless, HP continues to search for partnerships and licensing deals with manufacturers that could potentially use the software in their devices. According to Ovum Ltd., an industry analyst that specializes in IT, communications and telecommunications, HP will not likely find a partner because webOS will not be able to compete with other operating systems. Without HP, the app catalog for webOS will be very limited and software updates will be quite rare.


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Android blows...
By Cerin218 on 9/2/2011 2:33:08 PM , Rating: -1
Just another crappy variation of linux. Linux is a great idea with crappy implementation that only 5% of the population on the planet can use effectively.

WebOS was beautiful in it's simplicity. It did wat the normal dumb user needed to do, and if you knew how, it was even more powerful customized. Palm had a beautiful idea that they stupidly coupled with poor hardware. Put WebOS on an HTC and you'd have a thing of beauty, but no one was going to develop for a system with ONE handset like Palm tried to do. I had high hopes with HP buying it, but HP seems to want to destroy itself, so guess that wouldn't happen. A "card" based multitasking system was the best idea for a touch phone. But I guess a brilliant system will go down the drain because people want to support crap like Android and are happy with the mediocrity of iOS. As long as Adroid is linux like, it will suffer from the problems of Linux, mainly too many flavors being developed by too wide a community resulting in disjointed products. Cut it to one or two flavors it would be great. WebOS is superior for a touch based device. Too bad it died before it ever got going. And suck it HP for giving us hope you would do something useful. And too bad Samsung for not recognizing a diamond in the rough.




RE: Android blows...
By phatboye on 9/2/2011 3:43:06 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Just another crappy variation of linux. Linux is a great idea with crappy implementation that only 5% of the population on the planet can use effectively.
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As long as Adroid is linux like, it will suffer from the problems of Linux, mainly too many flavors being developed by too wide a community resulting in disjointed products.


I hate to burst your ignorant bubble but WebOS, like and Android, is based off Linux. So please don't bring Linux into this as this has nothing to do with Linux but your preference toward WebOS over Android.


RE: Android blows...
By theapparition on 9/6/2011 1:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
Even OSX and iOS are based on Linux, which further strengthens your counterpoint.


RE: Android blows...
By drycrust3 on 9/3/2011 9:42:14 PM , Rating: 1
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As long as Adroid is linux like, it will suffer from the problems of Linux, mainly too many flavors being developed by too wide a community resulting in disjointed products.

When you go any of your local businesses you will find they fall into one of two sorts: 1) those which are one of a chain, and 2) those where the owner runs the business. While there is a place in business for multinational companies, there is also a place for locally owned and run businesses.
In the same way, just because Linux looks fragmented doesn't mean that is bad, in fact it isn't bad, it is good. This is because it means people are exercising their right to choose one of the mainstream ones or to develop their own OS.


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