Samsung CEO Says Company Would "Never" Buy WebOS
September 2, 2011 12:36 PM
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Samsung Chief Executive Officer Choi Gee Sung said the company will "never" consider purchasing HP's webOS
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
"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
9/2/2011 7:58:56 PM
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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