IBM, Oracle, Research In Motion, Amazon and Intel among interested parties

HP ready to offload flagging webOS – Oracle poised to swoop say industry sources

Chris Mayer
HP-WebOS

Oracle could capture their own mobile operating system to challenge Google’s Android

Already well engaged in legal wranglings with Google, it appears
that Oracle could be about to buy a direct competitor to Android,
if reports are to be believed.


Reuters reports that
HP are considering offloading the Palm
webOS mobile software platform for much less than the $1.2billion
that they paid for it back in April of last year, say sources.

Bank of America Merill Lynch has advised that HP consider
dumping the platform to recoup some of the money back – after
analysts called the move ‘an expensive foray into the software
market that has not paid off.’

Other companies interested in acquiring the patents should HP
cut their losses include Intel Corp, IBM, Research In Motion and
Amazon.com Inc.

HP is still ruminating over the decision but the decision
already seems made for them. the company killed off their TouchPad
tablet only 7 weeks after launch, when it failed to make an indent
in the market dominated by Apple and Android devices, and faced a
fairly mixed reception critically. The disastrous venture was at
least cut short early, and you’d assume HP would be fairly savvy
and sell sharply here too

New chief executive, Meg Whitman hasn’t ruled out trying again
though with a new webOS-based tablet. She said in a recent
interview:

“The question now before us is what do we do with webOS software
and do we come back to market with webOS devices,”

“It obviously will not be the same device but it will be version
2.0.”

What is far more interesting is the runners and riders anxiously
biting at each others’ heels to capture the system. The patents on
offer could be used as safeguards in vital patent infringement
cases, probably be the reason for stirring Oracle’s interest.
Although, given the halt to development on the system, the bidding
war is expected to be contested at a knock-down price, when
compared to HP’s original acquisition.

The platform itself is strong and could be tailored to any
conglomerate’s desire, as long as they offer more than the dearth
of applications that the TouchPad did. The opportunity to
revitalise the once highly anticipated system is surely too good to
be true, but perhaps Oracle wouldn’t choose to take that
path. 

It’ll certainly be interesting to see who jumps first for webOS,
and admittedly, Oracle could be considered outsiders – but the more
you think about it, the more it makes sense for them to take the
plunge.

 

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