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Samsung: We'll "Never" License HP's webOS

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Samsung doesn't want HP's webOS platform, claims company CEO Choi Gee Sung. Ouch, that's gotta hurt.

To make sure that the entire industry is on the same page with Samsung, company CEO Choi Gee Sung clearly stated on Friday that Samsung will "never" license HP's webOS platform for smartphones and tablets. He made his anti-webOS stance during IFA in Berlin, Germany, noting that his South Korea-based company already has its own mobile OS.

"It’s not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion," Choi told reporters. He added that Samsung is currently working to boost Bada's software capabilities "harder than people outside think." Currently the in-house OS is slated to appear on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note and three additional Wave smartphones.

Based on Choi's comments, it appears that HP has one less prospect when it begins to properly shop webOS around to other manufacturers. Rumors of Samsung's possible interest in webOSsurfaced earlier this week after the company denied reports that it may purchase HP's PC division. But like the speculated PSG acquisition, Samsung apparently has no interest in what HP has to offer.

Last month HP discontinued its webOS-based tablets and smartphones, but the company claimed that a number of parties were still interested in licensing the software. Speculation currently points to HTC as a possible candidate, and there's also talk that Facebook needs to purchase (or at least license) webOS to better compete with Google and Apple. Naturally both have declined to comment on speculation.

Right now, HP is advertising its PC business as a possible $40B start-up company, separate from HP prime. HP has also stated that there's a strong future for the webOS platform, but as of this writing, its $1.2B software purchase has been put on hold. The TouchPad tablet is slated to make another run at retail shelves for one last hurrah at the cheap $99 and $149 price points, but its brief popularity only indicates that consumers know a good bargain.

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    aznshinobi , September 3, 2011 5:38 PM
    I don't get it, why does Facebook have to compete with Google and Apple?
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    legacy7955 , September 3, 2011 6:14 PM
    Does anyone on the HP BoD have the balls to try and get Leo Apotheker fired?

    I think he will go down as the man that destroyed HP.
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    aznshinobi , September 3, 2011 5:38 PM
    I don't get it, why does Facebook have to compete with Google and Apple?
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    legacy7955 , September 3, 2011 6:14 PM
    Does anyone on the HP BoD have the balls to try and get Leo Apotheker fired?

    I think he will go down as the man that destroyed HP.
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    tokencode , September 3, 2011 6:19 PM
    Because they all want money, they make money off of users of their services and they've begun to step on each other's toes. Google is directly going after Facebook with Google+, moron analysts who have no clue about technology decide that Facebook going after Android is a way to compete. If HP who makes the hardware couldn't make WebOS work, Facebook's effort to compete with Android, iOS, WP7 and soon to be Windows 8, would most definitely would result in a face-plant.
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    acadia11 , September 3, 2011 8:10 PM
    One OS to rule them all, and that will be windows 8. The world will be set right again.
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    junixophobia , September 3, 2011 8:46 PM
    yep, windows rules in catering to virus, no doubt about it...

    On a related topic, I hope that in all this cut throat competition, we buyers will end up with better hardware and a much better offer (+++freebees)
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    liveonc , September 3, 2011 9:00 PM
    acadia11One OS to rule them all, and that will be windows 8. The world will be set right again.

    So there's gonna be a midget running around with a tablet dangling on a noose around his neck, trying SO hard NOT to use it, because someone will know & send undead wraiths to try to kill him if he does? ;-)
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    cookoy , September 3, 2011 10:44 PM
    you got to give Samsung some credit for putting in lots of work on improving Bada. Whether that's a smart or dumb move, that's for future analysts to comment based on hindsight. i wonder how much work Nokia put into improving Symbian before giving up. or was it a one man's decision to dump it?
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    junixophobia , September 3, 2011 10:50 PM
    I saw a few years back a documentary statement by one of the founder of symbian. He said that telephone and computers will not merge. It will be separate like the palm OS and the Nokia first generation phone...

    Right there I already know that they are doomed.
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    oneblackened , September 4, 2011 12:05 AM
    legacy7955Does anyone on the HP BoD have the balls to try and get Leo Apotheker fired?I think he will go down as the man that destroyed HP.

    Nope, that would be our good friend Mark Hurd. Got rid of almost all the innovation the company ever had and knocked quality into the shitter.
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    bustapr , September 4, 2011 2:02 AM
    leo dug the hole even deeper. they need a new CEO with good ideas. Leo hasnt been in the chair long, he purchased a doomed company with a fairly unpopular os for big money. And he failed marketing and innovating it, just as Palm did. They need a CEO that does things right.
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    legacy7955 , September 4, 2011 4:59 AM
    I think that HP needs to have one of the Hewlett and or Packard family members try and wrestle the company away from being a publicly held company so that it can once again have a long term plan that will allow the company to survive and thrive.

    These "indoctrinated" old boy network clowns, like Leo, Mark, ect, repeatedly prove that for all the tens of millions plus perks they receive not only can they NOT keep the company alive, they actually seem designed to destroy them, HP is one of many examples you can find today. To think being rewarded to kill the goose that laid their golden egg.

    Regarding the WebOS, I think HPs best angle would be to do a "mea culpa" of a huge degree and instead decide to continue to support and develop it. At least within the new PSG company.

    Did you see the WSJ full page ad on Thursday ? HP trying to undo the "F.U." Leo committed earlier to the PSG employees and customers.
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    eddieroolz , September 4, 2011 5:19 AM
    Oh, that's a way to firmly shut the door. Let's hope Bada will be successful enough - because I'm sure HP won't be listening to cries of help once Bada fails.
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    techguy378 , September 4, 2011 6:35 AM
    That's too bad because Samsung's Bada OS isn't much better than the OS on the Samsung Sync phone. Or even the OS on those phones with a resistive touchscreen that look like a smartphone but aren't.
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    Archean , September 4, 2011 7:48 AM
    Bada OS is not as bad as some make it sound so, in fact I have more troubles with android phones than any other platform I've owned. Except for the original Nexus (which was rock solid for obvious reasons) every droid I've owned/used has its own sets of stability/reliability issues. So, I'd rather see alternative OS emerge then having to rely on just one. Which took off simply because it nearly imitates iOS and is given away for free to OEMs.
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    back_by_demand , September 4, 2011 7:55 AM
    This isn't about Bada or Windows 8
    The question is if HP themselves won't use WebOS on a tablet why the hell should anyone else?
    49 days then can the whole project? Shows a massive vote of no confidence in their own product.
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    Anonymous , September 4, 2011 3:51 PM
    I believe this is all about total control of the eco system. You can't just make hardware OR just the OS, you need to control both - the way Apple is doing. Google is buying Motorola to obtain the hardware portion. Samsung has Bada, its own OS and phones. Microsoft has WP7 and I believe eventually they will take over Nokia.
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    Archean , September 4, 2011 4:05 PM
    +1 Tiger
    I suspect there is high probability that in 1/2 years time Big G will start to give preference to Motorola in order to tighten its grip over Android's evolution. However, long before this happens, I think OEMs will start to look for alternatives, they wouldn't want to be in a position where they are cornered by just one player.

    About Nokia, I think Microsoft probably can buy Nokia and HTC, which will put them in pretty strong position, but are they bold enough to do it/take risk is another matter.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 4, 2011 4:17 PM
    Well that suites me! I don't like Samsungs products & I don't like HP products either,also they don't like each others products.
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    techseven , September 4, 2011 6:57 PM
    I am waiting for the Nokia+Microsoft bandwagon to arrive with inter-platform compatible Windows 8, I suspect I will then finally jump on the smartphone/tablet train... Microsoft did many things right, their union with Nokia just might be a genius move after all...
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    DjEaZy , September 5, 2011 9:38 AM
    ... sell WebOS to apple!!!
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