Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that it is ‘still exploring avenues’ for the future of Palm’s webOS platform. Brightstar recently signed a partnership aiming to get Palm's webOS more widely known.
The IT giant first discontinued its tablet business in August, but new CEO Meg Whitman indicated that the company was ‘going to make another run’ with the offering, during an investors call last month.
During the call, Whitman did not specify whether HP would be running the webOS platform or not, but said: ‘We will make a decision about the long-term future of webOS within HP over the next couple of months.’
According to a report on Reuters, HP has now advised Bank of America and Merrill Lynch to figure out how to recoup its $1.2bn (£754m) investment in Palm.
Bidders are rumoured to include Amazon, Research In Motion, IBM, Oracle and Intel.
In a statement, HP did not confirm the Reuters report, but admitted: ‘We are exploring ways to optimise the webOS software.’
The move comes a month after HP opted to stop a sale of its personal computing unit.