HP intends to use its webOS operating system on its own mobile devices, set four launch later this year, and will also licence it to other companies.
This was one of the messages from CEO Leo Apotheker, speaking at the D9 conference in the US this week.
HP acquired webOS when it bought Palm. The operating system is currently running on a handful of Palm devices, but is set for wider use when HP launches its tablets and smartphones in the next couple of months.
The company also intends to make webOS available on PCs and printers, and will also make it available on other vendors’ hardware.
Apotheker acknowledges that HP has been slow to capitalise on webOS, which he describes as “a uniquely outstanding operating system”.