HP kills WebOS devices; yes, it’s time to count WebOS out

Mobile Aug 18, 2011 1 Comment

And you thought Google buying Motorola Mobility was the biggest story of the week?  Not to be upstaged, HP announced today that they are effectively killing their WebOS devices and are exploring options to sell or spin-off their Personal Systems Group.  This is gigantic news because the Personal Systems Group is the part of HP that makes PCs.  Yes, the world’s largest PC manufacturer (by volume) is now looking to not make PCs anymore.  That alone is a story worthy of serious investigation, but frankly, by other sites. The other aspect of all of this is that HP is now in the position of trying to decide what to do with WebOS. What we know is that HP is not going to be making any more WebOS products and is pulling the Veer, Pre 3 and Touchpad.  WebOS’s fate either lies in enterprise use or through licensing to a third party that doesn’t care about ecosystems.

Less than four weeks ago, we wrote that it may be time to count HP and WebOS out.

That’s it.  It’s done.  WebOS is now dead.   No, don’t be distracted by the reports and the insistence that it’s in fact not dead.  Think somebody is going to license it from HP?  Tack on a year or more for a device to ship.  Think someone is going to buy WebOS and start cranking out killer phones and tablets?  Tack on a year or more for a device to ship.

Yes, we all loved WebOS in our own way.

But it’s time to move on.

One Response to “HP kills WebOS devices; yes, it’s time to count WebOS out”

  1. Reply Eb says:

    Good night, sweet prince.

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