Amazon in Talks to Purchase webOS From HP
On the heels of Amazon's big reveal of its new Kindle Fire tablet, reports have now surfaced that the online retail king is actively engaged in talks to potentially acquire Hewlett-Packard's webOS mobile operating system, a carry-over from HP's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm last year.
According to sources at HP speaking with VentureBeat, HP is looking to divest - perhaps "dump" is a better word - webOS as quickly as humanly possible. In recent weeks, we've heard plenty of speculation as to whom may prove the best suitor for webOS, but all signs now point to Amazon being the most likely to sign the deal and take from HP what it can't seem to give away fast enough.
Clues about Amazon's potential interest in webOS have lingered for months.
Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein - who is, incidentally, on the Amazon board of directors - indicated last July in an interview with This Is My Next
that HP and Amazon may be wise to work out a deal together. "We'd like a partner that would allow us to expand the webOS ecosystem," Rubinstein said. "There's a variety of different sets of a characteristics to qualify as a good partner. I would say Amazon would certainly make a great partner because they have a lot of characteristics that would help them expand the webOS ecosystem. As to whether there's been discussions or not... that's obviously not something I'm going to comment about."
For now, neither HP or Amazon will comment on the rumor, which may become a reality before the end of this year.