Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm.
Nicholas Carlson: Facebook should buy WebOS for a couple bucks
The Android-based Facebook Phone has been tough sledding thanks to the company’s strained relationship with Google and a series of employee departures.
HP just gave up on WebOS.
Zuckerberg and company could probably pick it up for the price of a couple sandwiches.
This is not a crazy idea. Especially because Facebook’s mobile app platform is likely to be web/HTML5 based, so WebOS’s tiny developer base may not be as important. And anyway, a lot of WebOS development is also web-driven.
I don’t know how much HP wants for WebOS, if Jon Rubinstein would be included in any deal, if that even matters, etc.
Carlson also proposes Amazon as a potential buyer. Also not crazy. Both of those companies have ambitions to be platforms, and WebOS is a pretty solid platform that’s for sale.
For more, here’s my story from last fall: Why Facebook Has A Secret Phone Project: It Needs To Be A Platform, Not Just A Service