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A source tells VentureBeat that Amazon (AMZN) is "in serious negotiations" to acquire H-P's...

A source tells VentureBeat that Amazon (AMZN) is "in serious negotiations" to acquire H-P's (HPQ) webOS unit. Though Amazon's just-announced Kindle Fire is based on Android (GOOG), Amazon has highly customized the OS, and so adopting large portions of webOS' interface and feature set seems within the realm of possibility.
Comments (3)
  • Just to keep it away from any competition, why not?
    30 Sep 2011, 04:37 AM Reply Like
  • This is interesting in that Amazon making a move towards WebOS is really left field. But let's think about it:

     

    Amazon's product doesn't depend on the OS, and Android may simply have been a marriage of convenience.

     

    Amazon has its own app store.

     

    The WebOS is unique from other offerings, and has routinely been touted by the tech industry to be forward thinking and easy to use. It can be a great differentiator and hasn't the 'problem' of MSFT royalties and Apple lawsuits.

     

    Basically it may make a lot of sense for Amazon and virtually no one else.
    30 Sep 2011, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • If Amazon can incorporate the interface into Android, then Google could do the same thing and work it into their Motorola products and then do a delayed release into the Android stream.
    1 Oct 2011, 07:09 AM Reply Like
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