HP May License WebOS To HTC, Other Partners

If we are to believe the words of Leo Apotheker, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, his company is currently pondering upon the idea of licensing its proprietary WebOS operating system to other handset manufacturers.

HP acquired the WebOS operating system last year in 2010 along with the Palm Treo handset for an amount of £730 million. According to Mr. Apotheker, who was speaking at the All Things Digital Conference, there is hardly any reason to restrict the “outstanding” WebOS operating system to HP devices only.

On being asked whether or not the company will allow the operating system to feature in the handsets made by rivals such as HTC, the CEO’s response was found to be positive.

He also added that the company was planning to introduce the operating system over a wide range of devices from multiple vendors.

“I happen to believe that WebOS is a uniquely outstanding operating system. So there’s no reason to believe that the only hardware that could run it are HP's,” the CEO said.

‘Why wouldn't we try to make it available to other people,’ explaining that partners need not be hardware makers in ‘the classical IT sense’, but could include appliance manufacturers,” he added.