Rumor: Amazon in talks to buy HP's webOS unit

By Jos · 7 replies
Sep 30, 2011
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  1. Another day, another webOS acquisition rumor. This time word on the grapevine is that Amazon is seriously interested in picking up what's left of Palm, and that its current parent…

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  2. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 617   +177

    If anyone could make Palm relevant again, it would be Amazon.
  3. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 475   +84

    One thought: App developers are easy to convince with the right amount of money.
  4. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Funny thing is, I read almost the same quote on tons of tech sites that said the samething when Palm was acquired by HP. In your defense though, Amazon doesn't have a crazy ***** of a CEO.
  5. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Oh man I hope this goes through!
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,675   +991

    Personally I don't see how Amazon could need Palm or webos, they seem to be doing better than everybody else except for Apple. Acquiring for a purpose different than product strategy (legal, patents, etc.) may be a possibility though.
  7. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    I just want to see someone optimize that God forsaken OS. Maybe boot times can go down from under 2 minutes? Or battery life can go past 6 hours a day under normal usage (I'm talking about regular usage for all of those that haven't messed with a Pre or Pre2). You know..things like this.
  8. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    I agree. WebOS is dead. Everyone is in a patent race right now to get either get ammunition against each other or for defensive purposes. This is a decent chance to get developers though as well. Not sure how much Amazon would need them though as they seem to be doing pretty well on their own. What i want is to see Amazon buy Hulu! There are to many different streaming providers with different content sets. I would subscribe to Amazon Prime if they had their content and Hulu's as well. The only downside for them is that offering more streaming might eat into their digital purchase revenue.

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