When HP purchased Palm and their webOS mobile operating system, the company announced that they would be investing heavily in webOS, we have already seen the first smartphones and tablets that use HP’s new webOS, with the new HP TouchPad tablet due to go on sale later this month.
Now it seems that HP may have bigger plans for webOS than just its own tablets and smartphones, as it appears that the company may license webOS to other smartphone and tablet manufacturers.
At the recent D9 conference, HP’s CEO Leo Apotheker was asked if HP had though about licensing webOS to other manufacturers, and he gave the following answer.
I happen to believe that WebOS is a uniquely outstanding operating system. It’s not correct to believe that it should only be on HP devices. There are all kinds of other people who want to make whatever kind of hardware they make and would like to connect them to the Internet. We’ll make it available to enterprises and to SMBs (small- and medium-size businesses). It will run on lots of HP devices.
Leo Apotheker was then asked if he would consider licensing webOS to other manufacturers like HTC, and he said that it is certainly something that HP would entertain.
HP can obviously see the benefit of licensing webOS to other manufacturers, as it would help webOS to grow more rapidly than if it was just available on HP manufactured devices.