Apothekar Confirms WebOS Licensing Talks

Hewlett Packard CEO Leo Apothekar has confirmed that the company is in talks to license its webOS operating system to other device makers.

Apothekar had earlier hinted that the company was open to the idea of licensing webOS to other firms but has now confirmed that HP is in talks with many companies to license it for other devices.

“We are talking to a number of companies. I can share with you that a number of companies have expressed interest. We are continuing our conversations”, the CEO said during an interview in Beijing. He however, declined to expand on his comments.

Apothekar also refused to reveal the time frame in which the company plans to announce webOS partners. He said that HP was not in a hurry to do that.

But, if HP decides to license webOS, the company will run the risk of competing webOS devices being popular than those that it is offering. As of now, HP has launched a Pre Smartphone based on the new webOS and is soon releasing the first tablet PC device based on the platform.

The company plans to create a massive eco-system of Smartphones, tablets, desktops and printers that are unified by a single operating system. HP already plans to load webOS in the Windows based desktops and laptops from next year.