After numerous HP TouchPad price drops, less than stellar reviews and a report that Best Buy wanted HP to take back their poorly selling tablet, HP has decided to wash its hands of webOS. Ahead of HP’s quarterly conference call, the company announced it will not make anymore webOS devices.
From the press release:
“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 purchased Palm for $1.2 billion last year. Along with the acquisition came webOS, an imperfect yet very promising mobile operating system. We shouldn’t consider all that money to be a waste as HP sounds as if it will keep webOS around in some form.
Hopefully, we will find out more about this decision during HP’s third quarter conference call later today.