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Why It Doesn't Make Sense For Samsung To Buy HP's WebOS

There have been some claims - within the ODM/OEM community in Taiwan - that Samsung is planning to buy HP's WebOS platform after the company's decision to get rid of its Personal Systems Group in the short term.

But this doesn't really make sense for a number of reasons. Samsung already operates its own proprietary mobile operating system called Bada and has pledged to support the OS by adding a few more Bada-based smartphones to its portfolio.

Owning one more competing platform isn't necessarily an encouraging message for inhouse devs and could turn out to be a marketing and logistical nightmare.

Samsung has also been investing heavily in the two other major platforms, Windows Phone and Android, launching a slew of models for the latter despite Google buying Motorola.

There's also another potential reason why Samsung won't buy WebOS. Granted the platform does introduce a number of innovations like native multitasking, unified messaging and Synergy, but it is still buggy and scores poorly on performance according to a number of reviews (including this excellent one from Anandtech).

And it is definitely not down to the hardware; the TouchPad is one of the best tablets (when it comes to hardware) on the market; it has 1GB RAM and a dual core Qualcomm SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 20 per cent more than the Motorola XOOM or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.