HP details wasted webOS money: $1.66 billion in expenses after the acquisition
1. snowgator (Posts: 3597; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
More than any other OS, I am smitten with WeBOS. Yes, my Palm Pre Plus is a glowing exmple of how not to build hardware: unresponsive screen, lag, freezes, out right poor camera, and a slider that wobbles AND is hard to move. I do not even know HOW you could engineer a slider that does both.
But WeBOS is just plan fun to use. It is a simple concept that was executed with style. It was designed for multitasking. It's sensor driven responses was also an ingenius idea. Everyone I showed it too thought it was a great OS. When HP, a known top notch hardware builder, bought out Palm I thought it was a true win/win. A natural. A company that was in it for the long haul.
I will just say what I always say when I vent about the death of WeBOS. What a complete waste.
3. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
have you rooted it?
i had a ppp about a year ago, rooted it and overclocked it and it was absolutely amazing. it had a pretty good build too, i thought. i sold it to a freind and since it has developed issues. upon buying that phone, i really thought my next device would be webOS, no question. so sad thats not true.
you know ICS is borrowing a bunch of ideas from webOS? im really excited to see it in action.
2. GYNGA (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
As I know Sony is planning to buy webOS, don't they?
4. putes (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
I've say it before, kill webOS before it hurls earth into a black hole and destroys us all.
5. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
And you wonder why most companies don't want to compete in the tablet space. The initial write down of HP TouchPad was $100 million. But considering the $690 ($142 + $548) million charge and pro-rata that charge over the actual devices produced, the touchpad debacle is easily $400 to $500 millions. HP had to produce a second run of tablet to smooth relations with its suppliers -- it was the right thing to do, but damn it was costly.
I don't think companies like HTC, Samsung or Motorola (before the Google merger) could survive such a hit. $788 million in total charges divided by $500 equals to 1,576,000 iPad2 16 GB Wifi. Said differently, HP could have bought and then donated 1,5760,000 iPad2 at MSRP rather than take that huge hit.
6. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
"if only HP knew what it’d do with webOS", stupid HP.
7. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Phone Arena, please leave the financial commentary to business publications. The write down of goodwill is not an additional expense but a write off of part of the purchase price. That amount is NOT in addition to the purchase price.