Samsung will “never” buy webOS

Current rumors point at Facebook and HTC as potential adopters of HP's webOS operating system

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Samsung will “never” buy webOS The Wave Y (pictured) uses Samsung's own 'Bada' operating system
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  September 5, 2011

Before HP announced last month that it was killing off its webOS platform, President and CEO Leo Apotheker said his company might license webOS to other handset makers. Research in Motion (RIM) and Samsung were two companies that HP was said to be targeting. Samsung has now rejected adopting webOS entirely.

Choi Gee Sung, CEO, Samsung has said his company will "never" consider it. Sung explained that Samsung would remain focused on Google Android and its own in-house operating system, Bada. Bada was recently added to three new Samsung handhelds, the Wave 3, Wave M and Wave Y.

Industry research houses such as IDC speculated that Samsung may want to boost its software assets by purchasing webOS, after HP said it may license webOS to other phone manufacturers.

Current rumors peg social networking site Facebook and handheld manufacturer HTC as potential adopters of webOS. Thus far neither company has confirmed or denied the claims.

Since webOS lacks the large base of apps and games offered by competing mobile operating systems (OS) such as Android and iOS, ITP.net reckons that HP will struggle to find potential adopters.

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