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HP to lay off 525 webOS employees

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HP to lay off 525 webOS employees
You probably didn’t have high expectations about webOS - after all HP announced it’s killing all of its webOS devices, but it mysteriously pledged to “not walk away from the platform.” Well, if you call laying off 525 webOS employees “not walking away from the platform,” HP has done an excellent job at it.

And now the company has finally made it obvious to even the most naive out there that webOS is dead, if you ask HP. Sources close to HP said that the layoffs are starting this week.

“As communicated on August 18, HP will discontinue the development of webOs devices within the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ends Oct 31 2011,” HP confirmed. “As part of this decision, the webOS GBU is undergoing a reduction in workforce. Today’s actions are part of this initiative. During this time, we stand by our commitment to our webOS customers and will work to ensure that support and service for customers are not adversely affected. HP is exploring ways to leverage webOS software.”

That exploration seems a bit futile, now after both Palm and HP quit webOS. One of the likely buyers of the card-based platform, Samsung, has already said it will “never” acquire the platform, which would go for a pretty despairing start of HP’s exploration efforts.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 20 Sep 2011, 07:10

1. android_hitman (Posts: 591; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


it's sad how corporations are f**king up peoples! they fire people without caring!

f**k you corporations

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 07:24 1

2. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


calm down. hp tried to save a great OS. anyone that worked on webOS should have absolutely no problem finding work elsewhere. it really is sad that this os cant seem to find a niche anywhere. it really is (was) awesome.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 17:29

11. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


MS opening doors.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 18:39 1

14. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Corporations create those jobs in the first place. Thank you corporations for the jobs?

A corporation is usually started by one or more individuals that have an idea for a business and want to execute on it. They work relentlessly trying to get their business off the ground, trying to get enough money to hire other employees and keep growing. No business owner wants to fire hundreds of employees and see their business fail.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 07:53 1

3. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


Yea from what i seen of Webos on the net. It seemed way ahead of its time but did not get the attention it probably deserved.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 08:31 1

5. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


WebOS was perhaps a year too late. It could have been a popular alternative to iOS & Blackberry, but Android took that role and ran away with it.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 08:30 3

4. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


WebOS was just fine, it was Palm that was the problem...but I feel like Palm did everything it could financially to back WebOS. The only mistake they could have avoided was partnering with Sprint for the release. They should have gone with Verizon from the start (we see what Verizon did with Android to make it the force it is today).

HP followed up with more mediocre and underpowered phones, which I was incredibly surprised about. They didn't give people a reason to go to WebOS.

Overall it just kind of sucks. A year ago they were talking about replacing their desktop OS with WebOS and pretty much starting another OS war for desktops. Now that has all been abandoned. Funny thing is, I think it would have worked. Operating Systems are becoming lighter and more app driven. We've seen many mobile apps go cross platform. Would have been awesome for competition if that occurred on the computer front...

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 16:25

9. snowgator (Posts: 3199; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I believe beyond a doubt it would have worked. HP could have had been ahead of the curve on this. Instead, they either totally were unrealistic in how the initial set of devices would have performed and got scared off by the task ahead of them, or just up and decided to go in a complete different direction as an entire company. WeBOS will be missed by those of us who have used it and enjoyed it.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 17:33 1

13. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


You will end up with other OS's and will love it no matter. Check out Wp7.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 18:47

15. Penny (Posts: 1129; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


+1 Jeff.

It seems like Palm and HP both made some decisions that prevented WebOS from being as successful as it should have been. It really was a good mobile OS with the potential to be expanded to other platforms, so it really is disappointing to see it end like this.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 09:04 1

6. Laron (unregistered)


HTC should really consider WebOS if they're wanting a good, solid operating system. My friend had it on his Palm (of course), and my personal preference, it's the best multitasking or multi-tasking (not sure) availabe. JeffdaBeat was correct, there is nothing wrong with WebOS, its Palm/HP.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 10:18 2

7. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


If Windows Phone can continue, WebOS can continue.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 16:31

10. snowgator (Posts: 3199; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I would like to think so, but who takes it? Who has deep enough pockets to purchase it and support it? What developers would go to it having seen it fall flat twice now? Seems very, very unlikely in the industry we have in front of us. Windows Phones has a huge commitment from Microsoft, several interested partners, great app development, and an original UI, and they are still sweating out sales and breaking through in 2012. What chance does a WeBOS have?

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 17:31 1

12. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Wp7 will continue up to Wp8. Thats when all of MS's ecosystem will be integrated into one. Very excited!.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 20:00

16. snowgator (Posts: 3199; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I am a big fan of WP. No doubt in my mind it is where I want to go next, as most people on Phone Arena know about me. But, WeBOS is a fun, totally original OS and I have enjoyed it. Really allowed myself to hope it had a future.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 22:24 1

17. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Don't know much about webOS and I'm sure it will be missed. As for me, I've done symbian, experienced android, and played with the iphone. At the end i fell in love with Wp7. I will not miss the other OSs if they fade away. I was never a fan of MS products. Until I bought an xbox 360. Why? Because of a particular game and fell in love with it. The UI is so simple and immersing. the same goes for Wp7. I try to explain this to people but they don't seem to click, even for first time smart phone users. All thats in their heads are high specs and to buy what everyone else has.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 14:30

8. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Well....there always room for them to work on Android. Being that I like Android...I hope Apple doesnt snatch any of them up...lol. But, it wouldnt hurt Apple to get some too.

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