The US information technologies giant is thinking of selling webOS, which it purchased a little over a year ago. This latest move comes as part of the efforts the new HP CEO Meg Whitman makes in order to refocus the company that has been amidst some hard times recently. One of the promises she made was to reach a quick decision about the webOS future – a promise that it seems she keeps.
HP won’t get rid of webOS so easily however – the company will sell the software rights for “hundreds of millions of dollars”, which is far less than the 1.2 billion dollars it paid to Palm in 2010.
The news was leaked by at least 4 sources, which also claim that Oracle might be among the future possible purchasers of webOS. Other possible names include Amazon, Research In Motion, IBM, and Intel.
Oracle however seems less likely to be interested in HP and a possible purchase of webOS – former HP CEO Mark Hurd now works for Oracle following his forced dismissal, and Oracle is of course suing Google over Android patent issues.
Source: The Verge