HP confirms webOS-based layoffs

Employees who are part of HP's failed webOS hardware division will be getting some bad news this week. AllthingsD.com has confirmed that HP will lay off a number of workers associated with that section of its business. The company issued a statement on Monday that said as part of its recent business decisions:

... the webOS GBU is undergoing a reduction in workforce. Today’s actions are part of this initiative. During this time, we stand by our commitment to our webOS customers and will work to ensure that support and service for customers are not adversely affected. HP is exploring ways to leverage webOS software.

The story claims, via unnamed sources, that HP could lay off as many as 525 employees from the webOS division this week, but the company has yet to confirm specific layoff numbers.

HP shut down production of future webOS-based hardware devices back in mid-August, due primarily to the sales failure of its heavily hyped HP Touchpad tablet. However, HP will create one final production run of the TouchPad later this year. This was due to HP cutting the price of the tablet drastically, and as a result sales of the device finally took off.

HP has already hinted strongly that it is looking to license its webOS operating system to third party companies. HP purchased the webOS division as part of its acquisition of the Palm company back in April 2010, but failed to release products that generated a lot of interest from the public.

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Beyond Godlike said,
still think HP cut the touchpads too quickly, and theyll be paying the price for it for years to come...

NO ONE was buying them. They were too expensive and their was no developer support. There are too many players in the smartphone and smartphone-based tablet market. WebOS was the weakest and had to go.

I have a feeling that Windows 8 tablet will hurt Android/iOS tablet....

A real computer, running everything (x86 tablet), at the same size for almost the same price (I HOPE, for ARM tablet), Should be a winner.

TruckWEB said,
I have a feeling that Windows 8 tablet will hurt Android/iOS tablet....

A real computer, running everything (x86 tablet), at the same size for almost the same price (I HOPE, for ARM tablet), Should be a winner.

for me personally a ios/android table vs a windows 8 is a totally different market.

The current tablets are cut down os so that now of the issues of a proper operating system don't appear, whereas with Windows 8 it will have these associated bugs.

neither is right or wrong, just appealing to different markets

TruckWEB said,
I have a feeling that Windows 8 tablet will hurt Android/iOS tablet....

A real computer, running everything (x86 tablet), at the same size for almost the same price (I HOPE, for ARM tablet), Should be a winner.


That totally depends on the form factor and pricing. Beyond that people have shown no real interest in Windows-based tablets in the past and, let's be realistic, Windows Phone 7 isn't doing too well either... Personally I think a Windows 8 tablet is going to be fairly expensive, if only due to the fact you'll have to deal with a full Windows license. Depending on what the ARM version of Windows 8 will look like.

Edited by .Neo, Sep 20 2011, 12:16pm :

TruckWEB said,
I have a feeling that Windows 8 tablet will hurt Android/iOS tablet....

A real computer, running everything (x86 tablet), at the same size for almost the same price (I HOPE, for ARM tablet), Should be a winner.

I think so. I tried out the Windows 8 Developer Preview on my convertible tablet and the touch features were awesome. VERY smooth, much better than Windows 7's touch features. If they can get ARM versions at $500, they will be a real competitor to the iPad.
Development for Windows 8 is also extremely easy and will have a huge userbase just from people buying normal PCs that can run the Metro apps. Microsoft is on to something big, they just need to get the hardware at the right price and a good advertising firm.

The first big casualty of the great tablet war 2010-2011

The Allies siding with Android look like they'll win.

Exosphere said,
The Allies siding with Android look like they'll win.

Not unless google fix their LONG OUTSTANDING email forwarding bug (to .eml).
Unbelievable its been broken for years and google haven't fixed it.

dvb2000 said,

Not unless google fix their LONG OUTSTANDING email forwarding bug (to .eml).
Unbelievable its been broken for years and google haven't fixed it.

What bug is that? I haven't heard of it but I'm curious as to what it is. However in any case, I doubt it's a deal breaker for tablet users.

When you forward an e-mail, the forwarded message is sent as an .EML attachment - which any webmail (or non outlook users) users can't read

dvb2000 said,
When you forward an e-mail, the forwarded message is sent as an .EML attachment - which any webmail (or non outlook users) users can't read
I've used Gmail for years, never seen that bug and can't replicate it (just tried on several systems), but as someone above says it's no way a deal breaker anyway and unrelated.

What a bunch of losers, they should never have dumped Windows on their tablet for webOS, and they should have made it more powerful.