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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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RE: It's a format war
By phatboye on 9/2/2011 3:47:31 PM , Rating: 2
while I agree with your assessment that developer support for 3rd party apps can drastically improve the ecosystem of a particular environment, saying that the OS is hardly a factor is just plain wrong.

Proof of this can be seen in WM7 which has a ton of apps but for some reason isn't selling very well. Not to say that WM7 isn't good, just pointing out that the OS does make a huge difference.


RE: It's a format war
By ClownPuncher on 9/2/2011 4:52:15 PM , Rating: 2
As does marketing, more so.


RE: It's a format war
By corduroygt on 9/2/2011 6:40:54 PM , Rating: 2
Since most of the "Apps" people desire to have on their tablets are games, I'll point out that there is a great SNES emulator available for the TouchPad and then you can get your ROMS (for the carts you already own of course) wherever you want...I'd like a Netflix app and to have MSN and Facebook messaging integrated to the built in messaging to make it close to perfect.


RE: It's a format war
By V-Money on 9/2/2011 7:58:56 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think WM7 is really proof, I think its the negative image around windows phones. For instance, I bought a Palm Treo Pro with Win 6 on it as my first smartphone. I loved the phone itself, but Win 6 made me ditch it after a couple months. I switched to a Nexus one and never looked back. I hear great things about Win 7 and I love my Zune so it's enticing, but why would I even consider switching when my Cyanogen modded Nexus one is still running strong. While lots of apps doesn't necessarily mean lots of sales, few apps generally relates to fewer sales.


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