HP to decide webOS' fate 'within two weeks'

HP to decide webOS' fate 'within two weeks'HP decided to call time on its mobile (mis)adventures some time ago, but it still hasn't figured out what to do with webOS, the operating system it paid a small fortune for less than two years ago.

Some have suggested HP will hang on to the platform, while others reckon it'll sell, and now new HP CEO Meg Whitman has confirmed that a final decision on the matter will be taken in the next two weeks.

Speaking to French newspaper Le Figaro (and translated by the multi-talented Mr Google Translate), Whitman is quoted as saying:

“We should announce our decision in the next two weeks. This is not an easy decision, because we have a team of 600 people which is in limbo. We need to have another operating system.”

That last comment seems to have fallen victim to the annoying loss of context that comes so often with direct translations, but we'd guess it to mean that if the decision is taken to axe webOS, that team of 600 people has to be given something to work on (or at least something other than clearing out their desks and heading for the nearest exit sign).

As with so much about HP right now, not a whole lot seems certain, although Whitman's comments do at least confirm that all the speculation we've been reporting on over the past few months linking one big name tech firm after another with snapping up webOS is exactly that – speculation.

Still, failing to resolve the issue sooner and leaving such a massive decision to the month of December is pretty brave stuff, and surely leaves HP with an awful lot more to lose than it stands to gain out of the whole affair.

Via AllThingsD

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MrRatPants  Nov. 30, 2011 at 21:16

We need to have another operating system.

Please tell me I'm reading this wrong... I can't imagine yet another mobile OS joining the fray at this stage. Or at least one coming from HP given their track record.

morpheus  Dec. 1, 2011 at 12:10

WebOS on my Touchpad was pretty decent but have recently put Android on it and that is much better IMHO...

MrRatPants  Dec. 1, 2011 at 14:50

I loved android on my touchpad... except that the battery always died overnight in standby. If I leave it on WebOS the battery lasts weeks in standby (this was Alpha 2, haven't tried Alpha 3 yet).

Stelph  Dec. 1, 2011 at 16:25

Boooo I want a touchpad with WebOS on it :(

Really hoping that HP turn back on their decision to ditch WebOS, I think with some additional support from other hardware manufacturers (ZTE springs to mind) to bring out other phones I think it would be a good seller since it has quite a "wow" factor

Stelph  Dec. 1, 2011 at 16:26

Or at the very least, if HP threw some funds at an android app emuator (so android apps could be installed or converted to work on webOS) it would be a killer


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