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HP's Meg Whitman doesn't know what to do with webOS

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HP's Meg Whitman doesn't know what to do with webOS
The Verge has released an exclusive report stating that HP's CEO Meg Whitman admitted to HP and Palm employees that she wasn't sure what the future should be for webOS. Apparently, the admission came during a meeting of company employees, and it seems that a decision has yet to be made because HP wants to make a decision on the fate of the PC business first. 

Whitman reportedly told her employees that a decision on the fate of webOS will come in the next three to four weeks, but that she was committed to making "the right decision, not the fast decision." Whitman added that the economics of the deal played a big part in the decision, because if HP does commit to webOS, Whitman said it would be a "significant" investment over a number of years. The report also said that if HP does commit to webOS, it would be focusing on tablets because "things get more complicated if you add in phones."

We certainly hope that a decision comes through on this, because we still believe that there is value to be had in webOS given the right handling. Whitman also said that if HP doesn't invest in webOS, there may be "another way to create that ecosystem." We're not sure exactly what that means, but it does seem to show a willingness for HP to be in mobile hardware. Perhaps it's a hint at adopting a licensed mobile OS like Android or Windows Phone?

source: The Verge

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posted on 08 Nov 2011, 20:30 8

1. tuminatr (Posts: 682; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


the wrong company bought webOS, if HTC would have bought them the whole world would still have another great choice in smart phone OS. As it stands HP trashed a great oppertunity

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 21:05 3

2. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


This really goes back further than HP all the way back to palm. Palm was late to the party and did a pretty bad job with the hardware first pass as well as advertising and app support. I don't there is a single company that could have made WebOS succeed after palm failed and I highly doubt any of the phone manufactures wanted to buy a proven failure.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 21:21 2

4. tuminatr (Posts: 682; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


True but they put the nail in the coffin, maybe someone else could have turned them around. and google it HTC and Palm were in talks when HP closed the deal

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 19:55

15. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I had a small sliver of hope when HP bought WebOS. They are a computer company after all with a decent reputation. Man have they really messed things up though. I would have been happier if someone like HTC or Asus had bought it, but i thought at least HP would be decent.. WOOPS.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 21:22 2

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


If Apple took over just the looks and had a good sized app market and then handed it back to Palm for webOS and then said don't touch, it would be way more popular than iOS

Disclaimer: I have an Evo 3d, I love Android, but I think that if all OS's were combined, it would make one helluva system

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:29 1

6. tuminatr (Posts: 682; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


and i have a t-bolt and a photon. never owned a palm but i liked the os, sad to see it go

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 12:30 1

14. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


HP has been on a downward spiral for a while, its a shame because they were a great company and IMO they make the best PCs of the major PC manufacturers. Then they decide they want to throw it all away to try and chase a cloud dream that IBM and others have already beat them to.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 21:20 1

3. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I hope Amazon buys it.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:51 2

7. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Rim needs web os!

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 02:43 1

8. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


HP should focus on what products are in circulation. Right now they are riding on brand recognition more so then Acer or Toshiba and they are falling behind. Their screens suck, the hardware is good but their PCs are simply unreliable.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 02:46

9. vijaysivakula (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


Sad to see fantastic OSs like WebOS and Meego going begging for someone to help them survive.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 03:48

10. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Yes. We already all know that HP doesnt know nothing about nothing.
Maybe they should change their boss and found one who knows what to do !

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 06:47

11. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


whiteman is a woman :-D ahahahahaha

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 10:37

12. corporateJP (Posts: 1564; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Meg Whitman doesn't know what to do with her head, either, as it is up her backside.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 11:39

13. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I agree with what Mrs. Whitman said, through and through. Smartphones are a way more competitive market and is tougher to break into. If HP sticks with the Tablet market, it will be a huge investment: apps, ecosystem, upgrades, suppliers which may be hesitant to jump back on board after the last fiasco, ect, ect.

Tablets makes sense, but HP is not in a position to do it. There is enough cash in their banks to make it work, and there are plenty of software experience they could hire to do it right. Their hearts ain't in it. They are too worried about the short term costs of the start ups and the build of the ecosystem than the long term advantages of being on the still-ground floor of the tablet market. WeBOS is perfect for tablets. Hope an Amazon or someone who wants that perfect match is available. Truly do.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 20:08

16. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea but they need hype.. they kinda.. killed the hype with their last fiasco. getting into HIGH end smartphones can rebuild some of that hype. They need to make phones on par with the SGS2, not with the Pre... and that will generate some hype. They just need to stick to high end and business class and build back up that brand as a premiere brand. Works for apple, it could work for HP as well.

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