Retailer Amazon.com Inc. may purchase Palm Inc. from HP Co. to use the webOS platform in future versions of the Kindle, according to new report.
VentureBeat this week reported Amazon is in serious negotiations to purchase Palm Inc., which would include the webOS property.
HP last Apr. purchased Palm for $1.2 billion and developed new hardware including smartphones and the TouchPad tablet which featured the webOS platform.
The company has since discontinued all webOS hardware devices due to lukewarm sales, though it said it would continue to support the webOS software division.
Kindle Fire is installed with a customized version of Google Inc.’s Android OS, but the purchase of Palm would allow the retailer to customize and own an operating system to be used in future devices.
The webOS platform has gained a cult following since the clearance of the TouchPad by offering impressive multi-tasking and desktop organization functionality in a simple interface.
A purchase of Palm would also include significant patent assets which Amazon could utilize to prevent possible litigation from rival technology companies.