I'm upset. Really, really upset.
Earlier today,that it was abandoning WebOS and discontinuing the production of the TouchPad and WebOS phones. True, this doesn't mean that WebOS is completely dead, as HP could sell or license the mobile operating system, but in a competitive market that's dominated by iOS and Android, it would be a hard sell.
What happens to WebOS in the future remains to be seen, but it's still a sad day. What's most upsetting to me is that HP didn't even give it a full go and simply let WebOS die a. Perhaps I should have seen the signs when in June 2010 that the wasn't about smartphones.
"We didn't buy Palm to be in the smartphone business. And I tell people that, but it doesn't seem to resonate well. We bought it for the IP," said Hurd.
Still, I had hope asthe TouchPad, Veer, and Pre 3 in February and talked of bringing WebOS to , , and other electronics, including . When you consider how much the company talked up WebOS, perhaps you can understand why I feel betrayed and angry right now.
"We see too long a ramp-up" was HP CEO Leo Apetheker's reasoning behind the decision to drop WebOS. I understand there are financial reasons for the decision, but I have to wonder, did HP even invest in the OS at all? Did the company put any effort into developing new hardware? To attract developers to the platform? Because it certainly doesn't seem like it.
I suppose you could say they made some feeble attempts. The company released the
For all the fault that we can put on HP, at the end of the day what I'm most sad about is the fact that WebOS might just fade away as a footnote in tech history. I still remember reviewing the original
Just because HP couldn't make it work, doesn't mean another company can't make it work. I know, it's a rough market, but I really hope this isn't the end of WebOS.