I can't see HP - a hardware vendor first & the world's ;argest technology company - outsource WebOS to someone that will would competing devices. I can see them leveraging a Samsung on things like TV's and other appliances. I do like the Sony partnership - maybe the PS4 running with WebOS on it, or a patch for PS3.
HP is looking for partners to take WebOS in directions/markets that HP doesn't play in. Per Todd Bradley:
“Our focus always has been to make webOS available to partners that expand the ecosystem, and we will continue to be open to that,” Bradley said. Of course, Bradley doesn’t need a reminder that licensing an operating system while using it in one’s own products can be a tricky proposition. Bradley learned that firsthand during his own stint as head of Palm. Rather than license the OS to companies that would compete head-on with HP’s webOS products, Bradley suggests that the company is most interested in licensing to companies that would take webOS in a new direction.
“That’s exactly what we would look for, someone who would go in spaces that we are not in,” Bradley said.
I think they will license to an auto manufacture also.