HP in talks to license webOS

We had heard speculation in the past that HP might consider licensing webOS, but nothing concrete until now. HP CEO Leo Apotheker said in an interview yesterday that the company is in talks to license webOS.

webOS suitors

We are talking to a number of companies,” Apotheker said in Beijing, declining to elaborate on details. “I can share with you that a number of companies have expressed interest. We are continuing our conversations.

When asked when this might happen, Apotheker said “there is no time pressure to do this“.

The suitor is likely Samsung as Bloomberg cites three people with knowledge of the discussions.

Anyone in the market for a Super AMOLED packed Galaxy running webOS?

via Bloomberg

HP Not Interested In Licensing webOS

Today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, HP’s Todd Bradley was asked if they “had any intention of licensing webOS, to any other company“. Bradley, Executive VP of HP’s Personal Systems Group, replied with a definitive “No“.  Bradley was also quoted saying, “emulating Apple is not part of our strategy“.

Todd Bradley

Now we’ve heard HP talk about webOS printers and that certainly seems to be the plan, with Bradley saying HP expects to sell 15 million webOS-based printers.

Tablets, printers and of course smartphones. It should be a busy 2011 for HP. Competition in the tablet space certainly heated up today with RIM’s announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook, a tablet that will be available in early 2011.

via Engadget, Daring Fireball Source: Technologizer