Ahh, webOS. What a tangled web you weave. After being apparently ditched by HP, there were rumours that Amazon, Facebook and/or Samsung might be interested. Ultimately, however, HP announced that it’d make webOS open source.
It remains to be seen how much third-party interest there’ll be in webOS. HP recently said it had no immediate plans to release a new Pre smartphone or TouchPad tablet, but it’s not ruling anything out.
Following the open source announcement, HP’s official corporate blog, Data Central, asked: “Will HP begin making webOS devices again?”
The reply? “As webOS gains traction as an open source alternative in the marketplace, you could see webOS on several different types of devices by any number of vendors.
“We will explore the viability of putting webOS on devices, just as we do for other leading operating systems.”
Hmm, suitably vague. And speaking of “other leading operating systems”, we expect HP’s immediate future will be concerned with Windows 8 tablets. Of course, there’s muchos convergence there with HP’s desktop and laptop biz.
In the meantime, we won’t hold our breath for HP/webOS action. That’d be silly.