HP Claims WebOS Isn’t Dead…. Except They’re Wrong About That

I came across this blog post today on the official HP Blog from Jon Zilber who claims that WebOS isn’t dead:

HP has made these tough decisions to ensure that our efforts with webOS remain tightly focused. Far from burying webOS, our goal is to ensure the platform’s evolution as a robust operating system for an increasingly mobile and connected world. We have received positive feedback from our customers and our developers about their enthusiasm for webOS — powerful, elegant, and like no other — and we intend to enhance the platform as we explore the options for webOS in today’s marketplace. We’ll take care of our existing customers and, as always, we appreciate your support for our platform. We encourage you to stay tuned as we write the next chapter in front of us.

Sorry. You’re wrong about that. HP only had WebOS for about a year and a half. They put out a few new devices in that time. Now they aren’t putting out anything new and HP Touchpads are now being liquidated at deep discounts. Best Buy isn’t going to take a bath on that alone, so you have to expect that HP chipping in some cash too. So a company would have to be pretty stupid to want to either buy or license the OS from HP as it’s pretty clear that HP has given up on the platform. Thus, why should anybody else take the platform seriously.

HP must have figured that they wouldn’t be able to beat Apple with WebOS. So they decided to eat the $1.2 billion that they spent on Palm. Now they’re just trying to spin it. The problem is, they can’t. They killed WebOS, a company called Palm that had a big hand in creating PDAs and what eventually evolved into smart phones, and screwed users of WebOS devices in the process. WebOS can be considered damaged goods now. Thus it’s dead as the Charleston.

Consider this a #fail moment for HP.

One Response to “HP Claims WebOS Isn’t Dead…. Except They’re Wrong About That”

  1. HP has made these tough decisions to ensure that our efforts with webOS remain tightly focused. Far from burying webOS, our goal is to ensure the platform’s evolution as a robust operating system for an increasingly mobile and connected world. We have received positive feedback from our customers and our developers about their enthusiasm for webOS — powerful, elegant, and like no other — and we intend to enhance the platform as we explore the options for webOS in today’s marketplace. We’ll take care of our existing customers and, as always, we appreciate your support for our platform. We encourage you to stay tuned as we write the next chapter in front of us.

    This comment by HP, does seem somewhat disingenuous, and an ineffective effort at damage control.

    I certainly would not place much trust in such a comment coming from HP.

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