Rest In Peace, webOS

HP announced today that they are discontinuing their webOS devices, namely the Palm Pre, the TouchPad, and the Veer. Turns out they didn’t hit internal milestones. From the press release:

In addition, 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.

HP Veer, Pre and Touchpad


So they’re getting out of the phone and tablet business, but keeping webOS around if they can find somewhere to stick it. They mentioned printers before, which makes no sense, but ok. This announcement has two pretty big implications:

  1. The only viable competitor to iOS and Android is now gone (Blackberry and Windows never had a chance)
  2. Palm, which started the mobile revolution in the ’90s, is completely dead, now that HP discarded the last vestige of their legacy

The great thing about webOS is that it was the perfect combination of the vertical integration that Apple offers with the openness that they don’t (not even Android was as open as webOS), and for that they will be sorely missed.

From BusinessWire, via PreCentral


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