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Samsung will 'never' license webOS

updated 07:50 am EDT, Fri September 2, 2011

Samsung rules out webOS over Bada

Samsung will "never" license or buy webOS from HP, CEO Choi Gee Sung explained at IFA on Friday. Shooting down rumors of a buyout, he told the media that the company instead preferred to pour effort into its Bada smartphones and was working to improve the OS "harder than outside people think." He told Pocket-lint and others in attendance that he saw phone builders moving too quickly get access to another OS, likely alluding to Nokia's licensing Windows Phone.

"It's not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion," he said.

Samsung is often known for wanting to bring as much of its own touch to an OS as possible, whether the completely self-developed Bada or the heavy customizations on Android. Bada also already has more much more share than webOS and even Samsung's other licensed OS pick, Windows Phone.

HP has kept webOS in limbo since deciding to back out on hardware in the fall. It has been open to licensing and possibly a sale, but hasn't been definite or given a clue as to the buyer. Few in the traditional phone world would be obvious candidates, although companies that regularly use multiple operating systems like HTC or LG might be options.

Without such support, the platform is more likely to go to a company that might not have any hardware plans in the near term or that might simply buy it for the technology. Speculation has raised the possibility of Facebook getting for an eventual mobile OS strategy, but few others are on the horizon.

by MacNN Staff



  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OS Market

    The mobile market is becoming saturated.... WebOS, Bada, iOS, Windows Mobile, MeeGo, Symbia, and Android. Desktop OS has only 3: OSX, Windows, and Linux. I think the same will apply to Mobile OS: iOS, Android, and (fill in the blank).

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Never? Ever?

    Dude, never say never. I bet Nokia once had other ideas about what OS would run on their phones, too.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fashion victim

    "It's not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion," he said.

    Wow. Is it just me, or does it seem like Samsung is acting extra super irrational lately?

    "2001: A Space Odyssey" (science fiction) as prior art in the iPad copying lawsuit:

    Wintel MacBook Air clone (subsidized by Intel) at or above MacBook Air prices:

    Reacting to Apple lawsuit by requesting sneak preview of Apple products:

    All this crazy public thrashing and flailing could be explained if you look at Samsung's precarious position. It just might all be a panic reaction in the face of an uncertain future. Samsung is on the verge of falling down the same staircase Sony fell down. Losing top talent, profits down, EU sales bans on copycat iPad clones, and a general loss of "coolness" in the consumer market:

    Samsung's chief Android phone/tablet architect quits:

    Samsung's spring quarter profits down 26% from prior year:

    Samsung expects a weak 2011 due to slumping flash RAM and LCD deman:

    Legal precedent in Europe: ban on Galaxy S, S II, Ace sales in Europe:

    Good luck with all of that, Samsung. Maybe Sony can buy you in, oh, maybe 2013.

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