First off, it still amazes me that Nokia teamed up with Microsoft to throw some Windows Phone love at Nokia’s beautiful handsets. This was almost more shocking to me than Palm teaming up with Microsoft back in 2006 when they loaded up the popular Treo line with Windows Mobile. Verizon hit a homerun with the Treo 700w!
Now Nokia is adding a 3rd party OS to their own phones. When I 1st heard this was going to happen, I couldn’t believe it. I actually commented on internal mailing lists stating that I doubted that it would ever make it to market. Well folks, I was wrong. It’s here. I have loved Nokia phones for many years now, but I just couldn’t use them [...]
Earlier today, we told you that HP would be holding a meeting to determine the fate of webOS, the software it bought just over a year ago from Palm for $1.2 billions of dollars. That meeting, according to The Verge, did in fact take place but it appears that HP CEO Meg Whitman informed a room full of employees that a decision on the future of webOS is still up in the air.
That’s right, HP held a meeting to declare that it still has no idea what to do with the software.
“It’s really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision,” is what Whitman apparently told employees and added that if “HP decides to do this (to keep webOS), we’re [...]
Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg went on record with the Wall Street Journal saying that the mobile handset maker “should have taken the iPhone more seriously” back in 2007. These days the company is looking to expand it’s Android presence beyond the current 11% market share it now commands. And they’re also sticking with Google’s OS because “I wouldn’t feel comfortable investing in a platform that isn’t as good as the one that we currently use” in reference to the Windows Phone OS. Ouch, Microsoft.
But back to this other thing. It’s nice to see an exec being honest and upfront about this particular mistake given that not every [...]
As the markets closed today, HP announced the CEO Leo Apotheker was out, and Meg Whitman was in as the new CEO. Whitman has been on the Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) board of directors since earlier this year, and brings experience from eBay and other companies to the top position of a company with more problems than Jay-Z.
HP has had a rough year in terms of sales and leadership, and is currently getting a semblance of direction from a divided board that was apparently so “exhausted” that they didn’t bother to interview Leo Apotheker before hiring him less than a year ago. Now, after a year fo troubles, and expensive purchases, HP has tapped Meg Whitman to run the [...]
The Leo Apotheker experiment at HP is over just shy of a year after it started and the fledgling company has installed former eBay CEO and California Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman as CEO. The move comes just weeks after the company made several big moves including killing off its HP TouchPad tablet and webOS powered smartphones, devices that were to be the crown jewel of HP’s buyout of Palm.
Apotheker, according to reports, had been unaware of HP’s plans to remove him as CEO until word of his impending ouster came up to the surface in a series of reports yesterday.
After being ousted as CEO of SAG AP, Apotheker had been at the helm of HP since November [...]
Layoffs are underway for the Palm division at Hewlett Packard, which had acquired the Palm brand, hardware division, and webOS software. The layoffs affect the webOS hardware business only as HP is retaining the software division and is only closing off its hardware business.
Most recently, the HP webOS hardware team was responsible for releasing the HP Veer 4G smartphone, the HP Pre 3–which never debuted in the U.S., and the HP TouchPad tablet.
According to All Things D, HP intends on laying off as many as 525 employees though the company declined to give a specific number. The company announced on August 18 that it would end its production of hardware for webOS [...]