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OS Watch: Amazon Checks Out HP's webOS

Sarah Thomas
9/30/2011

Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) may be thinking beyond Android, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and Samsung Corp. are pushing a new operating system and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)’s having a feature phone meltdown as we wrap up September in mobile operating systems.

  • Is Amazon a webOS suitor?: Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is in "serious negotiations" to acquire HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ)'s cast-aside OS, VentureBeat claims. Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet is powered by Android, but with enough customization that it could take the best of webOS to really make its software unique, the site suggests. Former webOS Chief Jon Rubinstein has said that Amazon would make a good partner in the past, and he just recently joined the company's board. (See Amazon Fires Up Low-Cost Tablet Market.)

  • Android gets another Linux competitor: Forget about Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Intel has a new partner in Samsung. The two are working on a Linux-based OS, codenamed "Tizen," built on HTML5 APIs. Samsung has stated its attention to acquire another OS to diversify away from Android, and Tizen appears to be its solution. The project is being hosted by the Linux Foundation and supported by LiMo Foundation ’s members.

    The companies say the OS will launch in the first quarter with devices spanning smartphones, tablets, TVs and in-car screens, planned by midyear.

  • MeeGo has to go: The birth of Tinzen essentially means the death of MeeGo, even though Nokia just launched its first and only MeeGo-based device, the N9. The MeeGo Foundation is encouraging its developers to start the switch to Tizen and build HTML5 apps. (See Nokia's MeeGo N9 Starts Shipping and MWC 2011: Adios, MeeGo.)

    “We believe the future belongs to HTML5-based applications, outside of a relatively small percentage of apps, and we are firmly convinced that our investment needs to shift toward HTML5, Intel Director of Open Source Technology Center Imad Sousou wrote in a blog post.

  • Nokia melts down to the low end: Nokia may be squarely in Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)’s camp for smartphones, but it is reportedly eschewing Symbian for another new Linux-based OS for feature phones. The OS, codenamed Meltemi, will be targeted at emerging markets, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

    Rebuilding its business on the low end will be crucial to Nokia’s success, says Pyramid Research . At the end of the second quarter the unit had fallen 16 percent since the previous year. (See Analyst: Nokia Faces Low-End Threat and Nokia Kills Symbian in the States.)

  • RIM doesn't read PlayBook fiction: Despite reports to the contrary, BlackBerry reiterated to Reuters that it will not abandon PlayBook nor its QNX plans, calling the rumors "pure fiction." It's a fact, however, that retailers have cut prices on the tablet by up to $200. (See RIM Plans a Q3 PlayBook Revival .)

    — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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    sarahthomas1011
    sarahthomas1011
    12/5/2012 | 4:52:14 PM
    re: OS Watch: Amazon Checks Out HP's webOS


    Does it have to be a choice between Android or webOS for Amazon, or could it potentially combine the best of both software to create its own hybrid OS? If it could do the latter, that'd be pretty powerful. Otherwise, I don't think it makes sense to choose webOS over Android.

    miles4000
    miles4000
    12/5/2012 | 4:52:07 PM
    re: OS Watch: Amazon Checks Out HP's webOS


    Maybe they want more control over the OS. So in that case webOS would be a better choice.  

    ethertype
    ethertype
    12/5/2012 | 4:52:03 PM
    re: OS Watch: Amazon Checks Out HP's webOS


    Hybrid OS would be a complete nightmare.  If they use both, it will be on different devices, e.g. next Fire model ("BonFire"? "Conflagration"?) could be WebOS but they continue to support original Android model.

    paolo.franzoi
    paolo.franzoi
    12/5/2012 | 4:52:02 PM
    re: OS Watch: Amazon Checks Out HP's webOS


     


    LOL - I was thinking they would run webOS as a VM on top of Android (okay I am being silly).  But I am not sure what a Hybrid OS is.  Do you mean an OS that supports all the APIs available in both OSes?


    seven


     

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