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Samsung may be interested in WebOS platform

The recent Motorola acquisition by Google could be encouraging Samsung to make a similar surprising buyout of webOS

Although Samsung has been frank about not acquiring HP’s PC division, the webOS platform could be an entirely different story.

A new rumor from DigiTimes is putting Samsung as a possible candidate for ownership of webOS in order to “compete head on against Apple and Google” in the smartphone and tablet market. The source added that Google’s recent buyout of Motorola could be the driving force behind Samsung’s potential decision to acquire webOS. Note, however, that these "notebook insiders" could be the same sources who were incorrect about Samsung as a prospective buyer of HP's PC unit.

The South Korean manufacturer currently has its own mobile operating system called Bada, although it is nowhere near as successful or even as well-known as the TouchWiz interface for the Android platform. Exactly what Samsung would do with the webOS software is anyone’s guess, but we believe that Samsung may want to use the platform for entry-based phones, possibly supplanting the Bada OS.

Both parties have thus far declined to comment on the purchase of webOS.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)