Friday, August 19, 2011

HP shutting down WebOS

HP Is Shutting Down Operations for TouchPad and webOS Phones

A little over a year after buying Palm, HP announced today that it will "discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones." This is not surprising considering the crowded mobile device/tablet space. With Andriod and IOS taking the majority of the market, HP with its WebOS was not only late to the party, but got there uninvited.
Although HP's press release says the company "will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward," owners of the TouchPad and smartphones like the Pre 3 probably don't have much to look forward to in terms of future development and support—at least from HP.
HP is also looking at spinning off its personal computing systems group, getting out of the hardware game altogether it seems. There's not much else known except the brief announcement, but for more commentary and background you can check out Mat Honan's post on Gizmodo.