Samsung Puts Rumors of Acquiring webOS to Rest

Samsung has made it very clear that they have no interest in purchasing either HP’s PC Business or anything to do with webOS. A quote from Samsung’s CEO Friday explains their reasoning;

“The South Korean company will “never” pursue such a deal, Chief Executive Officer Choi Gee Sung said in Berlin, where he’s attending the IFA consumer electronics fair. The comment, made to reporters in response to questions about analysts’ speculation of a possible purchase, was confirmed by Nam Ki Yung, a spokesman for Samsung in Seoul.

“It’s not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion,” Choi said. Samsung, which has its own mobile operating system called Bada, is working to boost its software capability “harder than people outside think.”

Samsung claims to be already experiencing a great amount of success with the Android, and is also investing in making Bada a viable platform for developers, so webOS could just needlessly complicate things. The guess is that if HP, one of the largest technology companies, couldn’t make use of it, there isn’t much hope Samsung would do any better. Still, Samsung has apparently considered using webOS on their phones in the past, according to bloomberg.

This all comes from Choi’s need to put the rumors of Samsung buying HP’s PC business to rest with regards to earilier speculation, Choi said that “[b]ased on the significant disparity in scale with Samsung’s own PC business and the complete lack of synergies, it would be both infeasible and imprudent to even consider.”

So if Samsung isn’t interested in purchasing webOS, is there any hope for the OS or will the restock of HP Touchpads bring a new demand for webOS to be worth HP’s time again? At this point, there doesn’t seem to be much hope riding on the rebirth of webOS.


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Andrew Wilson
Andrew has been poking and prodding computers for 11 years who occasionally writes about Technology and Video Games while working towards getting his Bachelors in Computer Engineering. He is also one of the contributors to the Let's Play's on the site.