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HP to issue its final verdict on webOS in 2 weeks, Apple to overtake HP as biggest PC vendor

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HP to issue its final verdict on webOS in 2 weeks, Apple to overtake HP as biggest PC vendor
webOS has been left on life support in the last couple of months after Leo Apotheker announed that HP is pulling the plug on the mobile platform it acquired from Palm a year ago. HP’s investment in the platform however was more than the $1.2 billion the company spend on the acquisition - an additional $1.66 billion in expenses within the last year make it one of the most expensive pieces of abandonware. 

But is webOS really going to be abandoned? We don’t have clarity yet - HP’s new CEO Meg Whitman decided that it’s worth reconsidering the options and possibly taking more time to look for a buyer. What Whitman now promises though is final clarity in two weeks, according to an interview she gave for French newspaper LeFigaro. A Google translation of the passage reads:

What will you do with your operating system webOS? We should announce our decision in the next two weeks. This is not an easy decision, because we have a team of 600 people which is in limbo. We need to have another operating system.

Interestingly, Whitman also spoke about HP’s PC department noting that if the iPad counts as a PC, Apple will overtake HP as the top vendor in the near future. Hewlett-Packard will only be able to recover in 2013. HP killed its iPad rival, the 9.7-inch HP TouchPad around a month after its launch. Due to the firesales that followed, the TouchPad became the most popular non-iPad tablet in recent history.

source: LeFigaro (translated) via AllThingsD

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posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:28 5

1. palmguy (Posts: 364; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)

My 6 year old can make better, quicker financial decisions than HP.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:43 2

2. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I think that there has been enough knee jerk reactions from this company. They need to make solid, far reaching decisions. I hope WeBOS finds a home. Other than patent trolls, of course.

What a waste.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:50

3. joex2 (Posts: 22; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:58

4. joex2 (Posts: 22; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

Steve Jobs did not say that was the end of PC era? Now Apple will be the largest PC manufacturer? Pathetic.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 08:59

5. BlowJobs (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)

At this point who cares about WebOS? And are we in an alternate reality where the Mac is selling in decent numbers? Oh no, it's the ipad. A message to Whitman and to you too PhoneArena (because I'm sure you guys get hard every time you "report" some Apple news), the ipad is not a PC. If it is, then so is the ipod, as well as every other tablet and smartphone on the planet.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 09:51

6. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

I hope Google acquires WebOS and mixes it into its software, or at least some kind of recognizable name (say HTC) buys it because it really was a good platform, HP just failed in making the phones

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 10:08

8. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 263; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)

the last thing we need is more censoring in our life from google! I I dont know why every good OS is sinking now days, Meego and WebOS, is it lack of proper decisions, or the big brother is messing whatever is going on out there, call me paranoid, but i dont trust the top operating systems out there in the market


posted on 30 Nov 2011, 09:58

7. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 263; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)

lol, at first it was Leo with his decisions and now it is her!
bad to worse! HP aint ebay, it is a whole different sea!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 11:06

9. c.hack (Posts: 526; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

How on earth can a company that is so incompetently managed stay in business. Its like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 18:47

10. systamatics (Posts: 63; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

why did they stop selling touchpad! what firesales!

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 20:42

11. depeche (Posts: 62; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

webOS is going to take a long time to recover.. no one will want to develop apps for it.. HP should have been more creative with its webOS phone offering..

Now we have an OS that no one wants to touch, except a few end users.

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