HP Decides to Kill Off webOS Devices, May License OS
HP plans to exit the smartphone and tablet businesses and will cease creating new devices based on webOS, which it acquired last year when it bought Palm. HP said in a statment, "HP plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward." HP is also exploring the sale of its Personal Systems Group, which is responsible for its consumer and business computing devices. Palm debuted the first webOS smartphone, the Pre, in January 2009. It reached the market in June of that year. It was followed by several more webOS-based phones, including the Pixi, Pre Plus, and Pre 2. HP announced the Pre 3 earlier this year, but today's news suggests that it will never be sold. webOS was masterminded by Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, brought in from Apple to revive Palm's flagging smartphone business. webOS was a complete break from Palm's previous mobile platforms.
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HP is jumping back into phones at a completely unexpected time. HP made quite a few iPAQ Windows smartphones back in the day (2004-2009, to be precise.) Then they bought Palm and infamously drove that into the ground.
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Apotheker does not care how HP ends up.
I think that he will drive HP into the ground if HP's board doesn't wake up soon...
The people that do wrong seem to live forever
and now webOS. its was awsome for tablets. and on paper is far superior to Android.
I was able to get a tablet for $99 today tho and regret not using webOS more.
This is good news
While the hardware wasn't that good, it was the webOS interface that I found horrible. It was lightyears behind Android and IOS in terms of the u...
Told you so...
webOS' fate was doomed from the beginning. Palm was just too little too late. It was an outstanding OS but just poorly executed. It wasn't just the hardware either. The market was just too crowded and Android really took off. Had only Palm released the Pre before the G1 and put it on a bigger carrier such as Verizon. Cause Sprint was not the right way to go. They had the worst marketing. Lots of things went wrong and Palm made bad decisions. Just too bad.
As an Android user, I can only hope that Google will take some cues from webOS and implement into further Android releases.
make it an overlay
Perfect opportunity for HTC
While WebOS is a fantastic product to those that are in the know, general public perception doesn't understand that. People are not going to buy a ...