HP calls it quits with webOS
0. phoneArena 18 Aug 2011, 15:30 posted on
After lowering its estimates on 2011 revenue, HP dropped the hammer by announcing that it "discontinue operations for webOS devices"; the company will try to optimize the value of webOS, which was the key behind its purchase of Pam last year for $1.2 billion...
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1. bossmt_2 (Posts: 449; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Crazy, I think webOS is great for tablets and netbooks.
16. quakan (Posts: 1375; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
It was but it lacked in marketing. I bet a lot of consumers have seen the ads but I bet few knew much about it so they either went ahead and bought an iPad or an Android tablet. Apple or Google should buy the OS from HP and just incorporate the best features of it imo.
27. MATOZ (Posts: 74; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)
They realize that Andriod sells more than webOS, im just saying...
That's the point!
2. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I would love If the G company hires some more webOS devs they could help the OS grow a lot
3. rwolf1984 (Posts: 530; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
FINALLY!!!!! Tired of customers asking for Palms and Pres...Sux to be HP they wasted a lot of time, money and market share trying to be Apple...
4. IEatApples (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)
About time. Webos might of had a shot if there marketing had been stepped up. Rim is next, then we have a 3 horse race. I really hope wp7 can compete because I really don't want to see an apple android only market.
32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
MS is going to have to step up its game if it hopes to play in the smartphone OS market. 600K units in a quarter is not the stuff of market success. It has been what - 2 successive quarters in a row with 600+K unit sales? If the quarter ending 9/30 posts the same 600+K unit sales numbers, start writing off WP7.
Right now, MS is making more revenues licensing their patents than from sales of WP7. Maybe they should start beating the drums on WP8 to distract from the sales failure of WP7.
35. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
First off, I believe you had your numbers wrong, or you are not taking Europe into account--wp sells a lot better there... and have u even seen wp7? the mango os is basically the competitive one--it seems like until now it has been a large beta...
And how can you say wp7 is a failure when it has more apps than either android or iOS at the time and has more market share than webos.. microsoft is just getting started... they have shown their commitment to wp7 unlike hp and hopefully they will succeed
5. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Android and iOS are top dogs and Windows is a top cat.
33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Er, I am thinking that WP7 is a top mouse.
7. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Google should totally buy them up and take some of the bright points of WebOS and add it into android. That would differentiate android and iOS even further (with android waaaaay ahead in features and usabilty just like it is now :) ) Im sure whatever patents Palm had would be useful in that anti apple litigation thats going on as well since palm has been around forever.
13. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
It'd be Google doing what they do best - cashing in off someone else's property.
21. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
no no.. miz.. we call that "apple". suing everyone else because they are more successful or are taking away your customers because they have a better product. lol.
25. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
How's android OS "way" ahead of iOS? Considered their OS is basically a copy of iOS. I guess the constant force closes differentiate it so consumers don't get mixed up.
30. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)
Force close errors are a feature of android devices. Just like constant power cycling, "possessed" home screens, and lag.
36. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Exactly. I completely agree with remixfa. WebOS had the best multi-tasking GUI ever invented until now. That, coupled with it's smooth curves in it's GUI could benefit Android greatly.
Perhaps Google will buy just what's left of Palm. I mean, why would HP need the Palm employees now anyway?
Oh and zuno and taco are idiots. Or blind. Or both.
34. droidnator (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)
Thumbing up your own posts, taco? Pathetic. But to answer your question (How's android OS "way" ahead of iOS?) - Android is ahead of iOS... in EVERY WAY. That's how.
And no, burrito, it's the other way around - iOS is copying Android. See iOS 5.
8. I am Right (unregistered)
People are MISREADING this! It says only that hardware is going away. They might keep webOS and license it out like Microsoft with WP7.
19. WP7Fan (unregistered)
You are correct but the problem is who is going to buy it. I dont see any major company except maybe samsung even attempting to pull through with it. Even if a smaller company picks it up it wont be probably state side for a very long time.
Its sad cause I honestly like webOS. Homebrew was fun and it by far was the best multitasking os of all the smartphones. I think the Pre 3 could have made a splash in at least having it be looked at seriously.
But let that be a lesson hopefully to others. Bad marketing and lackluster hardware will be the downfall in the smartphone industry.
22. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
my guess is one of the big 3 OS's buy it.. for whatever patents that Palm has + the ability to integrate the good parts of WebOS into their OS.
28. MATOZ (Posts: 74; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)
Patents are now useless for HP using Palm things!
37. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
My guess is HTC will buy WebOS, now that Google is killing their market by making their own Motogoogle phone
39. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
whats your source for that peter?
google isnt doing anything thats going to hurt thier market... especially by pissing off their big suppliers.
google makes money by adds, not by hardware sales, they would only screw themselves by trying that. geesh.
41. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
Google may be trying a new approach with the acquisition, Everyone hates ads, and Google must know this. Hardware sales may be the next step.
38. lp_522 (Posts: 46; Member since: 31 May 2011)
No one is going to want to touch it. Great OS but it was poorly marketed.
10. Jay (unregistered)
All they needed was AMAZING hardware. HP is known for there Computers. And they are the dominant ones in the Windows PC realm. They could have easily created hardware to blow the others away even APPLE! HP & APPLE are at the same level when it comes to the shear size and production. Come on HP don't give up yet. The Touchpad hardware sucks, so does PRE 3 and VEER. You released last years tech this year. NOT GOOD! They gave up way to quick. Web Os has alot of potential.
11. Man2006 (unregistered)
I hope they embark onto Windows Phone 7!
12. M0nkeyBr (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)
I think Rim should try to get it and put it on blackberries with a update