“HP’s chief Meg Whitman in a presentation at her company’s Global Partner Conference on Wednesday was concerned that Google’s likely completed Motorola acquisition would create a chilling effect in mobile,” Electronista reports.

“While she knew Apple’s iOS by definition was closed, she was concerned Google might flip on the concept of openness now that it had its own hardware manufacturer, according to Channel Buzz,” Electronista reports. “To her, this signaled the importance of Open webOS, since it might be the only option for some.”

Electronista reports, “She went on to characterize Apple as ‘on fire,’ but was more reserved about Android, calling it a fragmented platform. HP’s own perceived remedy to Android’s effect would take two to five years to “fully play out,” Whitman said.

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