HP dumps webOS business

In a surprise move, HP has confirmed that it will be shutting down nearly all of its webOS division, effectively closing the doors on both its Pre smartphones and its recently released HP TouchPad. This news would seem to confirm earlier reports that sales of the TouchPad tablet, which debuted on July 1, have been poor despite a huge marketing and promotion effort by HP. In the press release, the company said, "HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward."

HP acquired the webOS platform when it purchased the Palm smartphone company for $1.2 billion in 2010. HP has been promoting its expansion of webOS to other products, including PCs, in the last several months. As recently as last June, HP hinted that it might license the webOS platform to third party product makers. However, this new development would seem to be the last straw for the operating system which could have been a serious competitor to other smartphone operating systems such as Android and Apple's iOS

HP has also confirmed that is is in discussions to purchase the UK-based software company Autonomy and is also "authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG)" which is how HP labels its PC business. HP also announced that revenues for its last financial quarter that ended on July 31 came in at $31.2 billion, slightly higher than the $30.7 billion it recorded from the same period a year ago.

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Faisal Islam said,
SO their HP Slate will get Windows 8 and phones will get Windows Phone ..oh god...finally

or:
They continue on selling PCs and drop the phone business all together…

Palm and HP should have made bigger size smart phones, those phones should have had a minimum of 3.8 screen size. what the hell were then thinking creating just the Pre, Pixi and Veer. When I first saw WebOs I wanted a phone running that OS but sadly only the Pre came out.

I waited on them for more than one full year b4 I got my windows phone and now i'm happy. Hopefully they can do something with such a beautiful OS.

wetworker said,
I waited on them for more than one full year b4 I got my windows phone and now i'm happy. Hopefully they can do something with such a beautiful OS.

IMHO: Damn it would be so cool if HP started releasing WP7-phones with Touchstones!

MFH said,

IMHO: Damn it would be so cool if HP started releasing WP7-phones with Touchstones!
You are right! I didn't thought about that. I guess Microsoft has one big old partner again.

'HP Windows Phone 7'

I sure like the sound of it!

FMH said,
You are right! I didn't thought about that. I guess Microsoft has one big old partner again.

Next week: "HP announces new Windows Home Servers"^^
Honestly: Hardware-wise the Touchstone was one of the main aspects of webOS, that I liked…

MFH said,

Next week: "HP announces new Windows Home Servers"^^
Honestly: Hardware-wise the Touchstone was one of the main aspects of webOS, that I liked…
I think the OS was the trend-setter here. We have thinner, prettier and more powerful phones than it. But the OS was truly elegant.

So sad webOS was a fantastic OS, if it was combined with a top of the range hardware and proper marketing then you'd have a winner. Sadly it was stuck with shoddy hardware and poorly marketed. I've owned blackberry, android and iphone and webos phones and webos was by far my favourite but the hardware was so poor on my palm pre i ended up ditching for an iphone 4 and the difference in build quality couldn't have been more stark

hobsgrg said,
So sad webOS was a fantastic OS, if it was combined with a top of the range hardware and proper marketing then you'd have a winner. Sadly it was stuck with shoddy hardware and poorly marketed. I've owned blackberry, android and iphone and webos phones and webos was by far my favourite but the hardware was so poor on my palm pre i ended up ditching for an iphone 4 and the difference in build quality couldn't have been more stark
You are absolutely right. I was not expecting this! It is sad they gave up without a proper fight and just so quickly.
But good thing they decided/corrected their direction quickly.

lol.. and here's what happens when you think you can replace an OS that's been developed for 25 years (Windows) by something that was created for mobile phones and updated for a year to be installed on "everything". The people who manage this company should be ashamed for being so incompetent.

One extra reason to kill it off may be, because they wouldn't have been able to compete with Windows 8.
At least now we know their will be a Windows 8 slate from them.

Didn't expect it quite that fast, but not at all surprised. HP should stick to what they do best. THE LASERJET! Everything systematically stinks! ESPECIALLY the software and out of box experiences on their pc's. Actually the PC hardware is quite good, but they can't do software or tech support for the life of them. I can't wait for the Microsoft stores to stick it to these dumbass manufacturers that keep trying to make a few extra bucks by cramming crap onto new PC's....

The future predictions from IDC and Gartner put their market share for 2015 in "others". That was their first cue.

Well that was a worthwhile purchase...

A shame really though. A lot of people seem to like the OS. It's a shame HP ever got involved. I predicted it wouldn't go well and I'm really sorry to have been right...

Of course HP failed. Too big and unwieldy. Only agile companies can thrive in the mobile space. MSFT is just "not big" enough to potentially pull off some winners with WP7 and Windows 8 on tablets.

Of course. HP ran the iPaq (from Compaq) business into the ground. I figured the same would happen with Palm within a year. Viola!

Failed.

They just gave up. And give up No 1 spot in PC Business is probably another stupid move.

They should have not bought Palm in the first place. It was dying.

I wouldn't mind nabbing one if it's $50 or less. I'm not so much of an app or gaming nut; it has a Facebook app, has Flash and does video calls. That's all I would need anyway. Now we wait for falling prices...

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