Samsung CEO: We would "never" purchase webOS
The name that’s been floated the highest in hunt for a purchaser or licensee of webOS has been Korean electronics giant Samsung. After all, they make Android and Windows Phone smartphones without the sweetheart deals given to Motorola and Nokia, and have been pursuing their own OS development with Bada. It seemed like the perfect fit – a company with hardware and software expertise picking up a great mobile operating system in need of just that.
Samsung CEO Gee-Sung Choi has struck down any such thoughts (and unlike Leo Apotheker, Choi has a firm grasp of what’s going on in his company), saying outright to reporters at the IFA conference in Berlin that Samsung would “never” pursue a purchase of webOS. Bloomberg reported that a Samsung spokesperson confirmed the statement. He went on to say that “It’s not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion,” and that creating an OS is “harder than people outside think.” Which seems like a perfectly valid reason to buy a fully functional OS with brand recognition than try to build one from scratch. Then again, Samsung showed their commitment to Android yesterday with a massive unveiling at IFA.
After HP’s decision last month to scrap webOS hardware development, the Palo Alto-based tech giant has been searching for a partner for webOS while simultaneously starting the task of spinning off their PC-developing Personal Systems Group. With Samsung off the list, that leaves manufacturers like HTC and LG as the most likely suitors. But after this week’s showing for Windows Phone from HTC at IFA, we’re not sure they’re game for a webOS purchase either. Of course, there are always the dark horse candidates that could come out of left field. That’s where HP came from and that worked out just fi... oh.