Less than a week ago, HP shocked all of us by announcing that there would be no more webOS devices. That announcement ushered in the death of the HP TouchPad and the Pre 3 almost immediately. This led many of us to believe that HP was going back on its word of delivering webOS to other devices such as Windows PCs and printers. Despite the cloudy future of webOS, HP is still saying it will use webOS in the future.
In an interview with AllThingsD, the executive in charge of webOS, Stephen DeWitt, said webOS is still going to come to connected devices.
“We are continuing with our webOS-on-Windows work,” DeWitt said. “We’ll announce exactly what the rollout is when we are ready to.”
DeWitt stands by HP’s belief that webOS will still maintain its popularity.
It’s understandable for anyone to be skeptical of DeWitt’s remarks about webOS. HP has yet to offer a clear direction for webOS. We don’t know if another company is going to buy webOS or if HP is going to license the software to developers. The fact that HP wants to spin off or sell its PC business also makes us take DeWitt’s comments with a grain of salt.