DigiTimes recently reported that Samsung Electronics has recruited Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) ex-vice president of PSG marketing Raymond Wah to handle the company’s PC sales. Samsung has been rabidly deflecting any rumors that it plans to buy out HP’s computer department, and although this move does not prove the rumors, it certainly shows that Samsung is interested in the goods.
It was also reported that Samsung may be interested in purchasing HP’s, now defunct, webOS. Neither company will comment on this rumor.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, although trailing behind in the numbers, is a viable competitor for the iPad in the tablet market. It has been considered equal to or better than its rival in hardware and performance, but the iPad still dominates the market share by a wide margin.
Samsung’s move to gain ownership of webOS may be a way for the company to compete in a different arena with the iPad. Apple seems to have made a mark by owning both the hardware and software of its mobile units, while companies like Samsung have had to rely on Google’s Android for an operating system. Having control over what goes into the mobile device may just give Samsung the leg up that they need to close the tablet gap.
Google recently acquired Motorola, which would potentially allow the company to do the same thing; have ownership of both the hardware and software of its mobile devices. Samsung may be feeling pressure to follow suit as Google’s rumored tablet gets closer to a market release.