With news of Best Buy in the U.S. unhappy about the lack of HP Touchpad sales, the following news isn’t going to make them any happier. Today HP announced it will be dropping its hardware line up for all devices based on webOS:
HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.
So it looks like an iPad competitor has bit the dust. HP’s TouchPad was based on previously acquired Palm’s webOS, seen by many as a viable competitor to Apple’s iOS. Without significant sales, HP is making a strategic move to give up now, rather than bleed out sales. In a recent tweet, HP’s VP of Developer Relations tweeted the following (via TNW):
#HPwebOS is an awesome software platform and now we can explore the best hardware partner for it. #onward.
So it looks like HP is planning to license webOS, rather than continue to build hardware for it. It’ll be interesting if any hardware makers pick up webOS as an alternative to Android OS.
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