HP calls it quits on webOS devices

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Only a few days ago HP dropped the price of its webOS powered TouchPad tablets by $100 in the US and it's less than a week since the TouchPad launched in Singapore, but the company has now announced that it's going to discontinue all its webOS devices. That means no more TouchPad and no more Pre phones.

Only a few days ago HP dropped the price of its webOS powered TouchPad tablets by $100 in the US and it's less than a week since the TouchPad launched in Singapore, but the company has now announced that it's going to discontinue all its webOS devices. That means no more TouchPad and no more Pre phones.

We're not quite sure what's going on at HP, but the company has issued a press release where it's talking about its intent to join forces with Autonomy Corporation plc., alongside its preliminary third quarter fiscal results and a three line statement that simply states "[HP] will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones." It wasn't long ago that the company announced that it had appointed a new executive to lead the development of webOS.

To call this surprising news is being modest, as although HP's webOS products haven't been a roaring success, its Pre 3 handset only launched in Europe less than 48h ago. HP only took over Palm just over a year ago and has so far only launched three webOS devices, the TouchPad, the Pre 3 and the Veer. However, the company did indicate that from next year, all of its PCs were to ship with webOS alongside Windows.

The very short statement goes on to say "HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward." We're not quite sure what this means, but maybe HP is still considering to put webOS on its PCs, but it seems a bit moot if there are no handheld devices to go with the OS. The idea as we understood it was that you'd be able to run the same apps on your desktop or notebook as you could on your handheld device. We'll see how things develop, but it's not looking good for fans of the webOS.

In related news, there's also a rumour going around that HP is considering spin-off its PC business. The potential reason behind this is that HP wants to become a software and service company, somewhat in line with what IBM is doing. Apparently there's no longer any value in hardware, but we'll just have to wait and see how things develop. 

Source: HP

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