HP to Keep PC Business, WebOS's Future Still Unclear
HP's new CEO Meg Whitman announced that the company now intends to retain its PC business. Former HP CEO Leo Apotheker revealed a plan in August that would have jettisoned the company's hardware business in a shift to a services-only company. Whitman's decision reverses that plan, which she said made "no sense" for HP. "I have a lot of confidence we've made the right decision and now we're going to go back to work and go execute," she said. As part of the August strategy shift, HP also said that it intended to kill off its webOS-based smartphone and tablet businesses. HP now says that it is planning to build tablets using the Windows 8 platform from Microsoft rather than webOS. WebOS's future as a smartphone platform, however, remains cloudy. Todd Bradley, the head of HP's PC unit, said that the company will "clearly look at what's the right path forward for webOS." In the past, the company indicated that it might license webOS to other manufacturers or sell it.
HP to Shutter WebOS Support January 15
HP recently indicated that it will cease all backend support for WebOS devices on January 15. After that time, WebOS device owners will no longer be able to download or update apps, reset or restore their devices, setup new devices, or retrieve lost passwords.
LG to Add Mobile Component to TVs Via WebOS 3.0
LG will use its webOS platform to let smartphone owners connect directly to their smart TV. The company plans to show off new TV sets at the CES trade show next month.
Microsoft Exploring How to Brand Phones Moving Forward
Microsoft today said the company has not yet decided what it will call its new smartphones now that it has absorbed Nokia's Devices and Services business. Answering questions today, Microsoft's device chief Stephen Elop said, "Microsoft Mobile is not a brand that will be seen by consumers." He explained that particular name was created for legal purposes only.
Sony Still Weighing Sale of Smartphone Business
Sony today announced plans to spin off its audio and video business into a separate company. The unit will take the form of a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony.
Makes one wonder.