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Old 08/29/2011, 07:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Despite claiming it would make a bid for HP’s PC business, Samsung has reportedly hired HP’s ex-vice president of PSG marketing Raymond Wah to help boost the company’s PC sales, as it considers purchasing the company’s webOS mobile operating system in the face of smartphone and tablet competition from Apple and Google.

Digitimes reports that Samsung will not buy HP’s PC business because of its low gross margin, but also because it could prove deterimental to the company’s panel and DRAM businesses, which have high gross margins.

Instead, the company is said to be targeting HP’s webOS platform after the computing giant announced it was to discontinue development of webOS devices, providing it with an additional smartphone operating system that it could use to power a new range of devices capable of competing against Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. The operating system would help reduce the company’s reliance on Google’s open source software following the search giant’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
Samsung hires ex-HP VP to boost PC sales, considers buying webOS

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Old 08/29/2011, 07:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Check here, already covered: http://forums.precentral.net/hp-webo...ate-story.html
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Old 08/29/2011, 08:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just make it happen already ole Sammy
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Old 08/29/2011, 09:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm not that crazy about Samsung hardware (although it is much better than HP HW), but at this point, I'd take Samsung buying WebOS than just letting it die off into the sunset.
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Old 08/29/2011, 09:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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who knows what the heck the future holds...

like them or not, samsung hardware is light years ahead of palm/hp's.

samsung is the top android smartphone maker...so I don't see them going exclusively webOS. They also are microsoft partners and have their own OS in bada...they might want webOS for tablets and/or use the OS in phones marketed to only certain countries...but I just can't imagine them buying webOS, and then releasing a webOs phone in the US to compete with microsoft and google.

I'm hoping for the best though...
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