HP is reportedly preparing a deal to sell webOS for “hundreds of millions of dollars”, with the likes of Amazon in the running to purchase the platform.
News agency Reuters claim to have spoken to sources close to the deal who revealed that “several technology companies have expressed an interest” in purchasing HP’s recently jettisoned operating system.
Reports of Amazon’s interest come via business website Venturebeat who cited “well-placed source” for information surrounding the potential purchase, claiming that “Amazon is closest to finalising the deal.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard webOS may be up for sale, as reports surfacing a few weeks ago had HTC down as potential suitors.
LG is also said to be in talks with HP over buying the software, with industry watchers speculating that the Korean manufacturer may be looking to use a new operating system in its future smartphones and tablets, in light of its lack of success with Android.
Qualcomm and Samsung were both linked with a buyout, but both companies have since quashed these claims.
There’s no telling who may end up taking webOS home at this stage, but we’re certainly interested to see whether the deal pays off.