Nearly a week after Hewlett Packard announced that they have cancelled plans to ‘spin-off’ their PC unit, the company is apparently mulling a sale of their webOS division.
Reuters, citing unnamed sources, is reporting that HP’s potential sale of webOS would fetch “hundreds of millions of dollars”, but substantially less than what HP purchased the software for from Palm originally.
The mobile platform’s future has been in a form or purgatory since mid-August, when former CEO Leo Apotheker announced that the company was essentially abandoning the platform as part of his ill-fated plan to turn the PC manufacturer into an enterprise services provider.
Recently, however, the platform has been given something of a second life when HP eliminated the remaining Touchpad inventory at fire-sale prices.
Reuters’ sources claim that Oracle is one of the firms interested in purchasing webOS, which as seen as a lucrative property for its library of patents and intellectual property as opposed to user base.
Both Hewlett Packard and Oracle declined Hardware Canucks’ requests for comment on the issue.
“We have no new comment with the Reuters report,” an HP spokesperson said in an email to Hardware Canucks. “We have said all along ‘we are exploring ways to optimize the webOS software’. Nothing has changed.”