Unless you have been living under a rock, not to say that wouldn’t be a quaint homestead, you must know by now that HP is selling off its WebOS operating system. The successful computer maker has had nothing but bad luck with its tablet and phone endeavors, forcing an untimely successful TouchPad fire sale and subsequently the retirement of its mobile operating system, WebOS.
After many rumors and speculations on proposed buyers over the past few weeks, (Samsung is definitely not interested), another company has in fact hinted at some interest. HTC, maker of the widely popular 4G phone the Thunderbolt, has announced their consideration of purchasing an operating system of their very own. At this time there aren’t many options to consider when wanting to make such a purchase leading many to believe it must be WebOS.
Although having a popular operating system overlay already (HTC Sense), it’s thought that competing with itself may not be such a great idea. HTC chairperson, Cher Wang had this to say. “We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse. We can use any OS we want. We are able to make things different from our rivals on the second or third layer of a platform. Our strength lies in understanding an OS, but it does not mean that we have to produce an OS.”
Possibly it was Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility to cause HTC to consider making this purchase. Anyway you look at it, WebOS has a long way to go to rise to the top ranks of the mobile operating system world.
Could HTC in fact acquire WebOS or another operating system and manage to maintain the Sense overlay by overlapping the two? After all, WebOS with a hint of HTC flair couldn’t be all that terrible. How do you think this could play out? As always, please fell free to leave your comments below.