07/04/2011, 10:10 AM
So, Ive been thinking about the webos to samsung licensing rumors....and with them on board with android pretty hardcore....I just dont see it as smart or viable.
So I got to thinking....who, overall, would be one of the best partners for HP?
So why LG?
First, because LG has the product mix that I believe HP would like to get into.
TV's, bluray players, cell phones, laundry machines, refrigerators, etc.
Second, because LG wants in the smart product industry.
LG developed the cell processor (see in the PS3) to actually put into TV's to house a computer in the TV's they sell for a truly capable, smart TV. While this is not something that has taken off currently, we all know in the future that powerful smart devices WILL.
Third, LG and HP dont crossover very much.
Compared with samsung. HP makes many, many computers. Samsung makes many computers as well (specifically laptops). LG makes very few computers. This means less competition between LG and HP which means the companies working together will be easier.
Fourth, LG isnt really in bed with android yet.
Samsung has their Galaxy Tab 10 and many many phones that currently run android. Theyre proud of their android accomplishments. LG on the other hand, isnt quite in bed with android yet. This would make them a great partner to give webos the attention it deserves (and consequently HP demands). This allows LG to adapt to webos much easier and most likely, quicker.
Fifth, LG is HUGE
LG is the 3rd largest cell phone manufacturer just behind Nokia (Microsoft) and Samsung (android). In 2010 they manufactured almost 117 MILLION cell phones. This would put HP instantly in the top 3 cell phone manufacturers with webos on LG phones.
They are one of the main manufacturers of IPS panels (the ones they make are actually used by Apple, Asus and dell)