HTC considered, decided against, purchasing webOS. Again.
It’s a new week, so that means it’s time for us to cross another potential suitor off the “Who will purchase webOS?” list. This time it’s HTC, who had made noise a few weeks back about possibly purchasing a mobile operating system of their own. This isn’t the first time HTC’s considered and dismissed webOS, though it is the first time CEO Peter Chou has stated so publicly. In an interview with The Financial Times, Chou stated that HTC had given some thought towards purchasing HP’s webOS operating system, but in the end decided it’d be in their best interests to stick to their current arrangements with Android and Windows Phone 7.
Alas, that leaves pretty much just Amazon as the only rumored purchaser for webOS. If so, it’s beginning to sound almost like a repeat of HP’s purchase of Palm less than two years ago: a desperate search for anybody willing to pay even a bit for the company, and in the end only one company was even willing to make an offer. With Amazon’s Android offerings (the Amazon Appstore and the Kindle Fire tablet), we have to wonder if they’re even really interested. Stranger things have happened, but this platform can remain on life support for only so long.