With all of the hype surrounding the now defunct HP Touchpad, including a final production run by HP, you have to wonder what is going on. New shipments and a new software update doesn’t quite make it appear that the company has thrown in the towel; while build a few hundred thousand devices that are going to be sold for a loss? … unless there’s actually a potential suitor for WebOS.
How crazy would it be for Samsung to make a play for the beleaguered operation system? It would be quite something for the hardware manufacturer to go after this software , however their Chairman, Lee Kun-hee, has made it clear that management needs to its boost its software expertise to remain competitive – gaining WebOS would quickly achieve this goal.
If HP is in fact courting Samsung, their moves do make sense. They just cleared out their inventory sending a few hundred thousand devices into the hands of the consumer; another production run of a 250,000 units would put at minimum a half a million units in North America alone. These moves would make the WebOS a lot more attractive than it previously did a few weeks ago and Samsung understands that it’s a combination of winning hardware and software that is required to go up against Apple and perhaps now Google with their acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Samsung could use WebOS for their low end phones to boost their functionality so that they can abandon their Bada operating system.
Will Samsung buy WebOS? Not quite sure, but wouldn’t it be crazy if Amazon picked it up!?! I doubt they will with all that they’ve invested with Android, but that’s not stopping The Star from fanning the flames.