Whitman initially turned WebOS, designed for smartphones and tablets, into an open-source software project and rebranded it as a wholly-owned subsidiary called Gram. She sold the operating system’s code to LG Electronics Inc. (066570) earlier this year.
Hewlett-Packard retained WebOS’s patents under that deal and licensed them to LG. The agreement would be unlikely to encumber Hewlett-Packard’s ability to sell its WebOS patents, one of the people with knowledge of the sales process said.
Will Apple and Google team up again to buy this portfolio, as they’ve teamed up in the past?
Or will Apple, already using a Card-like UI in iOS 7, grab them alone?
I was right to move on from webOS.
It’s clear that it’s dead. Even LG seems to have abandoned its webOS plans, with the rumor of them doing devices based on Google’s Chrome OS.
It’s dead, Jim.