HP pulls the plug on webOS

HP pulls the plug on webOSWell, it's not like we didn't see it coming: we've been expecting one or two of the minor OS players to drop out of the game for a while now, and it turns out that HP's webOS is the first to fall.

The company has announced that it will “discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones” – a pretty costly end to a project HP effectively paid $1.2bn for just over a year ago.

When HP bought out the ailing Palm some 16 months ago, those in the know said it was all about webOS, the underrated mobile platform running the show in the Palm Pre. At the time, HP reckoned it had grand plans for webOS, not just as an operating system for mobile devices, but for its PC business too.

Fast-forward a year or so, however, and the reality is a long way from that idealistic vision. With iOS and Android showing bullet-proof momentum, and Microsoft pushing Windows Phone hard as a potential third force, it basically leaves just crumbs for the likes of webOS and RIM's BlackBerry OS/QNX to fight over.

And while RIM can at least fall back on its standing in the business community, webOS has no such luxury.

HP says it will “continue to explore options to optimise the value of webOS software going forward”, which sounds an awful lot like a plea for someone to take it off its hands.

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tryptase  Aug. 19, 2011 at 10:24

Shame. Suspect they will be working on porting Android onto the touchpad now.

Guan  Aug. 19, 2011 at 10:33

An Android port is probably the only way they can avoid having all their TouchPads and phones being dumped on their doorstep along with a hefty bill.

Guan  Aug. 19, 2011 at 10:41

If webOS does go to Amazon, they'll be the first to move away from Android. In light of Google's Motorola acquisition it may start a snowball effect eventually leaving Google on their own with Android.


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