Aug 192011

This week has been extremely “action-rich” for mobile heads – after Google bought up Motorola’s ailing handset division, HP just announced intent to stop selling its webOS handhelds.

So far, Android licensees have not stated much publicly. If they said something, it went along the lines of the statement below, which has also been relayed to me by a few friends in the industry:

As long as Google doesn’t coddle Motorola, the patents of the M guys could be extremely helpful in the patent lawsuits with Apple et al. Of course, the situation must be monitored.

ThisIsMyNext, an Engadget spin-off, shared the following statement:

In the meeting, webOS GBU VP Stephen DeWitt made it clear that HP intends to continue to work on webOS and likely intends to license it. DeWitt was adamant, saying several times “We are not walking away from webOS.” He detailed a plan to try to determine what the platform’s future will look like within the next two weeks, although he admitted that “Clearly, we don’t have all the answers today.”

For HP, webOS has already fulfilled one problem: they now have an RTOS, and no longer have to cough up for every printer which they sell. But let us think about it for a minute – if webOS is “maintained” by HP, but HP doesn’t make any devices, where does that put us?

Exactly: in the position of an operating system vendor. HP could act as an escape venue for Android licensees who get paranoid about the Motorola deal (which will happen over time, for sure); and seek another smartphone platform.

What do you think?

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