We Called It: Samsung Looking To Buy WebOS From HP To Protect Itself From Apple [Report]

We Called It: Samsung Looking To Buy WebOS From HP To Protect Itself From Apple [Report]

Hey, guess who’s looking to buy webOS? Samsung, who hopes to fix much of their dependence upon Android and their legal woes with Apple by absorbing Palm’s patent portfolio and mobile operating system in one go.

Digitimes reports:

Samsung Electronics… is also reportedly considering purchasing webOS to compete head on against Apple and Google, according to sources from notebook players.

Both HP and Samsung have declined to comment about the purchase of webOS.

The sources noted that the acquisition of HP’s PC business, which has a rather low gross margin, may turn out to hurt Samsung’s panel and DRAM businesses that have rather high gross margins, therefor HP’s webOS may be the target that Samsung has the most interest in.

In addition, Google’s acquisition of Motorola, which may seriously threaten hardware brand vendors, could also trigger Samsung to purchase webOS as a counter measure, the sources added.

Told you so.

  • ALEXMAX9021051

    I cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. go here BiDSFIRST. COM

  • GeekVine

    i certainly hope so. my pre was my favorite phone simply because of webos so i hope the platform can live on somewhere.

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    Apple could grab WebOS and then use all those patents against Google’s Android, if that’s the case.  All this nonsense is just rumors, so there’s no need to get excited over it.

  • warrengonline

    Apple, claim ownership of WebOS..  Annihilate those last minute risk takers!!  they were not there when palm needed them, so now a buyout?  Hmmm….  They probably wouldn’t know WHAT to do with it except say “I want it to be just like that over there.” [points at a block of ice].  The programmers look puzzled.  Then Samsung Corp Rep replied “I want it cool as ice.”  The programmers then go “OOOHHH!”

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    As someone who wants Apple to grow for the better, I want Apple to buy WebOS.

    As someone who likes WebOS, I want Palm to rise again. I don’t just want the OS to be purchased.

  • Don Pope

    I hope they buy it, and actually do something good with  webOS.

  • abdu4

    Sounds like a good idea, but the “Apple Model” is not just about good hardware and software tied together. There is the ecosystem too. Google+Motorola and Microsoft+Nokia are getting ready to compete against Apple. Samsung’s hardware is very good, and WebOS is good too, but would that combination without a comprehensive ecosystm behind it be enough to compete against the big three?
    I don’t know. The ChatOn service is probably an indication that Samsung might be trying to do something about that too.

  • UNOwenNYC

    This time will be remembered as ‘The US Patent War era…™ (that’s MY patent…??

  • baby_Twitty

    It’s been said before- THERE IS NO ECO-SYSTEM on the WebOS platform.
    And Android has just dug its own grave with the Purchase of Motorola by Google.

    The best thing Samsung should do, is to build a super phone, so versatile and powerful that 3rd party developers around the world would want to build apps for it, so that the apps eco system would make full use of that ‘super phone’ and propel it to the fore front of the market.

    A good-enough phone is just not enough anymore. You need a serious super phone that is atleast 15months ahead of the next iPhone 5 in order to match it’s stride. But then again, would Samsung’s next ‘super phone’ (if they were to be able to produce it) be able to harness a large enough eco-system?

    Face the fact, the new Galaxy S II would be dead the moment iPhone 5 is introduced.

    If you want to be 15 months ahead of iPhone, you can, but you need to commit a few billion dollars in R&D and this will test the nerves and resolve of the company based in Korea.

  • Mike Rathjen

    I hope so. I just got one of the cheap TouchPads, and I’d love to have Netflix app on it.

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