Now Amazon's in the frame to buy webOS

Now Amazon's in the frame to buy webOSIt's now pretty clear that the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet we saw launched through the week is just a placeholder for Amazon's grander slate ambitions, and we're expecting bigger and better from the online retail colossus in the months to come.

But now VentureBeat has given things a new twist by suggesting part of those ambitions may involve snapping up webOS and reworking it for its own needs.

In case you've forgotten, webOS is that much-loved mobile OS running on board the HP Pre3 and TouchPad – loved so much in fact that no-one seems willing to be able to make it work.

Palm developed it, then just about went bust. HP was next to step in, buying out Palm and webOS and promising to change the world. But a couple of months ago it decided to call it quits having not made nearly the impact it had been hoping for. HP hasn't actually confirmed it wants to sell webOS, but enough rumours have been swirling about to assume it's all but a certainty.

A few names have been mentioned in connection with throwing the platform a lifeline, including Samsung, HTC and even Facebook. Now we have Amazon too, it seems.

“A well-placed source tells us that HP is currently looking to rid itself of Palm as soon as possible, and that Amazon is the closest to finalizing the deal, among a handful of contenders,” VentureBeat says.

We should also add that in response HP dished up the usual “we don't comment on rumours” soundbite, while Amazon hasn't responded at all yet.

So we're still in pure rumour territory here, but we'll keep an eye out for new developments.

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Stelph  Oct. 2, 2011 at 21:40

not to sure about this rumour, depending on hows many tablets they are planning to sell i cant see the price of webos being les than the royalties I assume they are paying for android. Their main reason for getting into tablets is to sell content and their modified android does a good enough job of that, why spend millions (possibly billions) on webos?

Treab  Oct. 2, 2011 at 21:50

stelph. i doubt webos will be sold for billions, not anymore after the issues with the pre3 and touchpad hp will be after a quicksale... if they want to sell it at all after their announcement of how they plan to use it with their printers.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 3, 2011 at 07:40

HP should just make it Open Source and free.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 3, 2011 at 10:24

Good point, Jan, but HP desperately needs cash now. If they not gonna use WebOS they better sell it.


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