Bloomberg heard from HP CEO Leo Apotheker that the company is in talks to license its WebOS software:
“We are talking to a number of companies,” Apotheker said in an interview in Beijing yesterday, declining to elaborate on details. “I can share with you that a number of companies have expressed interest. We are continuing our conversations.”
WebOS would give hardware makers a choice beyond Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows software as they seek to challenge Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s grip on the smartphone and tablet-computer markets. For Hewlett-Packard, which cut its sales forecast by $1 billion last month, licensing the operating system would help strengthen software operations as PC sales slump.