HTC might buy HP WebOS

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.

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  • Larry Mao

    No, it was not Google’s acquisition of Motorola, rather it is the failure of Windows Phone 7 that is pushing them to buy their own OS. When HTC adopted WP7, part of their reasoning was that they did not want to be so dependent on 1 OS. Since WP7 has failed to take off, HTC is probably looking to its own OS to try and not be wholly dependent on Android for their profits. Once HTC purchases Web OS, they will likely drop WP 7 like yesterday’s garbage.

  • nusz

    Having it’s own OS, it means that they will have such a big cost to develop the OS, maintain 3rd party developers, etc. HTC should know that, a very Big company like HP is only last not even a year after the acquisition, it means that beside the bad sale and huge promotion budget on webOS, they have really big cost to maintain the people, etc behind the OS.

    Actually webOS is a really great OS, but they suck at selling the device because the pricing. They should produce low end device with competitive price to make people attracted to buy the device and use the OS.

  • Jay

    Huh. Every indication I have seen points to HP keeping webOS under it’s own wings. They did make the distinction of splitting the HARDWARE from SOFTWARE. That has been widely published. Nonetheless, it is an interesting speculation.