If there was one company that could rival Apple, Google and Microsoft, it's Amazon. It has devices; it has a content marketplace. But what Amazon doesn't have is its own platform. webOS could be the final piece in its puzzle.
webOS has largely been a dud of an OS, but that's not because of the product itself. It's because the people who control it have no idea what to do with it. HP says it wants to hold on to webOS, but who knows how truthful that is. Samsung raised a few eyebrows in the past few weeks when rumors claimed the Korean tech giant might license, or flat out acquire, webOS. Those rumors quickly fizzled when Samsung declared it would never use webOS in any capacity. But rumors like that suggest HP is at least open to talking to other companies about unloading the OS.