TNT reports that HTC is considering purchasing webOS from HP after the latter announced that it will be ditching the OS.
That and Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility, all Android manufacturers have technically become competitors to the big G. While everyone is all smiles, I’m sure their CEOs are also a bit worried.
So here’s a really good opportunity with webOS and I’m thinking HTC would be in a good position to snap up the mobile OS.
- HTC does not have a native smartphone OS. It has been very dependent on licensing other OSes like Windows Phone 7 and Android. The last time it used the Brew OS from Qualcomm was with the HTC Smart (which wasn’t very successful). By having its own OS, HTC will not be at the mercy of other companies and partners.
- Samsung continues to invest in their own Bada OS so it’s obvious they have a back-up plan. HTC does not have a back-up plan and webOS fits perfectly well.
- HTC can certainly afford webOS. It’s got a market cap of $24 billion right now, bigger than Nokia. If they can afford to invest in Beats by Dr. Dre, I’m sure they’ll get better returns with webOS.
- webOS needs a good home and HTC’s excellent hardware track record certainly complements it.
It would be really good to see webOS live on and HTC seems to be the right company to continue its legacy.