HP officially kills off its webOS services

HP officially kills off its webOS services
HP's attempt at a mobile OS began with the purchase of Palm – a startup, which was developing its own mobile-orinented Palm OS. The platform was then renamed to webOS and HP announced that it will become a universal OS to work across all of HP's smart devices. A few months later, the company launched 2 smartphones and a tablet, all powered by webOS – the HP Veer, HP Pre3, and the HP TouchPad.

Unfortunately, regardless of HP's ambitious plans, no further devices, bearing the in-house OS, were launched, and webOS was pretty much abandoned after its 3.0.5 update (Jan, 2012). It was later acquired by LG Electronics, who planned to use it as an operating system for its smart TVs, while HP still held the cloud-based services, which were still active for existing webOS users.

Well, HP has finally announced webOS' end-of-life. January 15th is the date when the HP App Catalog and cloud services for existing webOS devices will be shut down. Now, if you own a webOS device, it will still work, of course, but you'd better stock up on any apps from the Catalog, and pick another cloud service for your file transferring needs.

On the upside, LG is rumored to be developing webOS as a Tizen rival. Which means that it may soon arrive to LG smartwatches and who knows – maybe, just maybe, a smartphone or two. We'll just have to wait and see.



source: PhoneDog via VentureBeat

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14 Comments

1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Kudos. May you find your new home with LG.

2. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I thought it is already dead. I'm still having HP Veer but the AppCatalog does not work. Heil WebOS and Palm. It was such a great OS that did not have any chance for the competition just like MeeGo.

3. IcanBEATali

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 24, 2009

Can you really consider an established company like Palm as a startup? That, and you make it sound like HP renamed it webOS... that was always the name of the platform. Palm launched it to take the place of thet Palm OS, not as a new iteration of the system.

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well, it was kind of renamed. It was originally WebOS, and then renamed to webOS. Not really an item worth mentioning, but still... I really wish a competent company had taken the reins on it. Best mobile OS ever.

8. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Seriously??? W vs w....

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Not disagreeing. A really silly thing to point out, but it's the only thing I can think of that the author is referring to.

14. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

This. I had to re-read the start of this article 3 times to fully appreciate the stupidity.

5. inteli7

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

hp killed palm

9. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

NOW IT'S OFFICIAL. R.I.P. webOS :(

6. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Sites like phonearena and the apple/android fanboys killed webOS..

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

No....shoddy hardware choices by Palm killed WebOS. Websites n fanboys cant kill platform, millions of users jumping ship to another platform can tho.

7. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

So they baught palm simply for its patent portfolio. I mean its like they didn't know what to do because HP is so big.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

WebOS is/was arguably the best mobile OS at its time. All any fans can hope for is even more WebOS influence in Android.

13. Meccalangelo

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Android 5.0 is seeing a spin-off of the cards multitasking that webOS had.

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