Wham! Bam! Can you say changes? Looks like HP isn’t wasting anymore time with webOS after a lackluster start. In a slew of announcements in its quarterly earnings call HP says it will discontinue operations for webOS devices. It also said that it will look for ways to maximize the value of the webOS software in the future. That means “are there any buyers out there?”
This comes as HP looks to be doing a lot of changing and shuffling. Word is that HP is looking to acquire Enterprise software company Autonomy and may be thinking of spinning off its personal computing business.
Looks like I own a collector’s item and it looks like we just hit a major shift in the line up of players on all fronts.
UPDATE: While things are still shaking out on this webOS/TouchPad news the Wall St. Journal is saying this:
As part of Hewlett-Packard’s planned spin off of its personal computer business, it will keep the webOS software business but let go of the hardware, meaning HP is shutting down its tablets business, people familiar with the matter said.
So, let me ask this question. If it is killing the hardware (that means TouchPad, Veer, and Pre) and hoping to license webOS, that essentially leaves that webOS business out in the cold until a licensee or buyer comes along. I understand the logic but I’m not buying the PR at this point. Those who are saying webOS isn’t dead may be right in the long run, but I think it’s the end of the road for the much loved but little adopted OS that couldn’t get enough traction.