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HP to split up webOS Global Business Unit among different parts of the company

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HP to split up webOS Global Business Unit among different parts of the company
In a pair of memos obtained by PreCentral, HP says that it will split what was once Palm Inc. into two separate units, hardware and software. Hardware will remain part of the Personal Systems Group and report to Stephen DeWitt. The all-important software side will head to HP’s Office of Strategy and Technology where it will be headed by Executive VP Shane Robinson. That group will continue to support OTA updates for webOS devices and support the App Catalog.

Moving webOS software out of the PSG will keep it out of a section of the company that is getting spun off while it will remain part of the new HP which will focus on software and services. Back in 2003, Palm had tried the same thing, splitting the company into a hardware-centric firm after merging with Handsource. That company was called palmOne, while the software side of the equation was known as PalmSource. The experiment failed and the latter was eventually acquired for the paltry sum of $324 million to mobile browser company ACCESS.

The Office of Strategy and Technology, where the software side of  the webOS GBU is headed, is being used as an "incubator" for the company's tech businesses where they can learn to grow up big and strong. And HP obviously has some plans for the software. In his memo, OST's Robinson says that the webOS software is still a great asset to HP.

You can see a copy of the two memos at the sourcelink.

source: PreCentral

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posted on 04 Sep 2011, 18:48

1. chris da computa guy (unregistered)


Damn right... WebOS is DEFINITELY worth developing. Even with Android, iOS, Crackberry and Windows Phone 7.... WebOS is a very unique and great OS. I really hope to see what HP can do with it!

I'm an Android guy.... but... I would love to see WebOS become a big player in the game! If they can get that on great hardware through other manufacturers... That would be awesome. Imagine a phone like the Droid Bionic but instead it's a WebOS phone. How sweet would that be...

If HP can polish the OS and bring it to further maturity... they got a shot at penetrating the market with the OS.

I'm not implying WebOS is perfect, i'm saying that the OS is worthy of becoming a big player in the game!!

I have a few HP Touchpads I bought at the firesale prices... Well worth the money. I have a samsung galaxy tab 10.1 too.... and I find myself leaning to the HP WebOS Touchpad for web browsing and music.... I really like the interface and multitasking of the WebOS system...

In the final analysis, GO WebOS!!!

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 10:03

3. Dave81j6 (unregistered)


... In his memo, OST's Robinson says that the webOS software is still a great asset to HP.

... That group will continue to support OTA updates for webOS devices and support the App Catalog.

I'm glad webOS development will continue. It's a fantastic OS. As for the ultimate survival of webOS, there's no added optimism from Executive VP Shane Robinson's comments. What is he supposed to say? Would you expect the VP of ur company to speak badly about one of the company's products. (thats reserved for lower level employees ---> search for the RIM employee letter from a couple months back)

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 16:47

4. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


Two divisions Dumb and Dumber.

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