While Windows Mobile, Google Android and Symbian are available for any handset makers to license and use on their smartphones, Palm and Apple have long taken different approaches by controlling the hardware and software. Now that HP has acquired Palm, some folks may have been wondering whether things would change on the Palm WebOS front. Now we have an answer: No.
Speaking at TechCrunch Dissupt this week, HP VP Todd Bradley said that the company has no plans to allow other companies to license the operating system.
That means if you want the WebOS experience, you’re going to need to buy a phone or tablet from HP/Palm. That’s not particularly surprising, but it would have been nice to have been surprised.