Linked by David Adams on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:13 UTC
In the News Hewlett-Packard Co. , the world's largest computer maker, is in talks to buy [database search software vendor] Autonomy Corp. for about $10 billion and plans to spin off its personal-computer business, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Is this an indicator of the Post PC Era?
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RE[3]: WebOS gone too?
by Lennie on Thu 18th Aug 2011 21:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: WebOS gone too?"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

They always said they were willing to do licensing to other manufactures, but no deal came from it thus far.

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RE[4]: WebOS gone too?
by MOS6510 on Thu 18th Aug 2011 21:08 in reply to "RE[3]: WebOS gone too?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Maybe now they can. Google buying Motorola Mobile brings a lot of uncertainty in Android world. Court cases against Android phone makers, low margings. Some vendor might take the gamble and license webOS.

If HP stops making webOS phones it makes it saver to license the OS as vendors won't be at a disadvantage making their own product without having to compete with HP itself.

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RE[5]: WebOS gone too?
by Mexicali100 on Thu 18th Aug 2011 22:00 in reply to "RE[4]: WebOS gone too?"
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2009-10-15

Is it a coincidence this announcement comes days after Google's announcement to acquire Motorola mobile? Was webOS/Palm also up for Google's purchase consideration? I loved the form factor of my Palm Pixi. I could slip that thing in any pocket while I waited for it to reboot. lol

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RE[5]: WebOS gone too?
by Lennie on Fri 19th Aug 2011 08:13 in reply to "RE[4]: WebOS gone too?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Yes, it is no coincidence I'm pretty sure about it.

But it could take an other year atleast before the manufacturers know for certain if Motorola/Google is a threat.

Maybe they can buy the option to license it under some conditions for very little.

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