HP webOS heading to Samsung phones?

CEO confirms HP "in talks" to licence mobile OS

Hewlett Packard (HP) deal could see webOS branch out and take on Android and Apple's iOS mobile operating system

Hewlett Packard's CEO Leo Apotheker has confirmed that the company is in talks to licence its webOS mobile operating system to third parties. However, the big cheese has refused to say which other tech giants are looking to get involved.

Despite Apotheker’s refusal to name names, insiders have told Bloomberg that Samsung is already in negotiations with HP. That means Sammy’s phones and even tablets could soon come packing webOS.

One of the “people with knowledge of the discussions” claimed Samsung was keen on webOS as it would be allowed to fully customise it. The source said this appealed to the Korean tech giant as Google is looking to restrict the way third parties tinker with Android.

Neither Samsung or HP would comment on the speculation. Could this be webOS’s watershed moment? Or has it got too much work to do to catch up with iOS and Android? Let us know what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages.