Amazon.com could be in the lead to buy Palm’s webOS operating system from Hewlett-Packard.
Reports are surfacing that Amazon is in advanced talks with HP to acquire the webOS assets the IT giant holds following its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm last year.
A report in Venturebeat claims Amazon is the closest of a number of bidders to finalising a deal. Both HP and Amazon are refusing to comment.
Jon Rubinstein, who headed Palm’s webOS division at Palm before the HP acquisition, became a board member at Amazon last year.
In July he was put in charge of product innovation in the HP Personal Systems Group, which covers smartphones, tablets and PCs, which HP is considering spinning off.
Rubinstein told This is my next in July that Amazon might make a useful partner.
He said: ‘I would say Amazon would certainly make a great partner, because they have a lot of characteristics that would help them expand the webOS ecosystem.
‘As to whether there's been discussions or not... that's obviously not something I'm going to comment about.’