HP CEO: Android will be Closed-Source in the Future

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 16, 2012
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Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman believes that webOS can play an important role in the future as an open-source mobile operating system. Once Google successfully purchases Motorola Mobility, Whitman believes Android could become closed-source. Even though the complete impact of webOS will take up to 4 years, Whitman promised that HP will remain patient.

The CEO gave a speech at the HP Global Partner Conference held in Las Vegas last Wednesday and gave some very decent points.

 “Apple is great, it’s on fire, but iOS is a closed system. Google could end up that way with the purchase of Motorola; Android could end up being a closed system.”

“We love partnering with Microsoft and Intel, but I think there’s an opportunity for another option within the development community.”

Originally, WebOS was built by Palm for both phones and tablets. In 2010, HP made an investment by purchasing Palm. However, it was only late last year that the company announced it will no longer make devices supporting the software. This led to a lot of speculation and intrigue about what will happen to the OS. But now, HP said it will be releasing webOS to the open-source community.

  • Graham Laight

    IMO the terms of the Android open source licenses preclude keeping the source closed in the long term. Alternatively, if Google did close it, another supplier could just fork the code. If I am right, then Meg Whitman’s remarks are quite remarkably stupid.

    • Roy

      you do are right. But she can’ tjust say : well with webOS with have about 0.5% to gain more than 5% marketshare.

  • eClipse

    Good Morning,

    I’d like to take a moment to distract all of you from the fact that we bought a failing company based on their historical market share with the hope that we could magically fool everyone into believing we were part of the hip “mobile crowd”, and then proceeded to flush our investment down the loo with too few devices, misdirected marketing, and typical HP “challenges”, which ultimately tarnished the reputation of all involved by making things up from whole cloth and trying to FUD you all into believing WebOS will ever be anything but a second-tier “also ran”.

    What the heck, right?

  • History always serves as an exemplar of what’s to come. WebOS flopped. In the hands of the open source community it could become something, but will never be able to compete with Android because it wont have the backing of the manufacturers.

    Pretty much anything that comes out of her mouth regarding mobile is a joke. Stick to riding the declining PC train, CE “Oh no you didn’t”