Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/29/amsung_thinking_of_webos_acquisition/

Samsung 'mulls bid for' HP's orphaned webOS

Smart smackback at Apple, Googorola

By Rik Myslewski

Posted in Mobile, 29th August 2011 16:37 GMT

Samsung may be mulling over the purchase of webOS – recently orphaned by HP – in a move to protect itself from an increasingly unfriendly Apple and the threat of Google and its new toy, Motorola Mobility.

Or so say "sources from notebook players", speaking with the Taiwanese rumor-and-news website, DigiTimes.

Notice the word "rumor". Both Samsung and HP have had the good business sense not to comment on this report, and HP has said that it still plans to use webOS for "a variety of connected devices" such as printers.

That said, Samsung acquiring – or, at minimum, licensing – webOS makes sense.

In addition, negotiating with HP might be fun for the Samsung suits. As pointed out in a highly amusing Wall Street Journal article on Sunday, HP appears to barreling down an almost surreal road to self-destruction. As the WSJ put it, "Jack Kevorkian couldn't have devised a better plan for euthanizing a company."

C'mon, Samsung. Save poor li'l webOS from the Hindenburgian flameout that HP is threatening to become. ®