Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Major bombshell, and sorry, but this certainly requires a breaking tag as well: HP has announced it is discontinuing operations for webOS devices - effective immediately. Just like that... The TouchPad and Pre 3 are dead. Eh. Raise your hands if this brings back those painful memories of that infamous 'Focus Shift'. In addition, the company also announced its intention to sell its personal computer business.
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RE[6]: If you say so...
by dsmogor on Fri 19th Aug 2011 10:29 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: If you say so..."
dsmogor
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I don't know. First android phones weren't so throughly rejected compared to the tablets. By all accounts producers that have flopped badly one time will be wary to go back into the business even if all the indicators look right again.
Also as much as I hate to admit, next year also Microsoft will enter the arena with their massive 3rd party sw ecosystem expertise. They are willfully disabling native developement for WP7 to make all the apps relevant for upcoming Windows 8 release on Intel based tablets (that by the time should become close enough to arm ones in battery life). And they will have win32 apps, the feat that android doesn't have.

With webos demise mobile linux has encountered another severe hit. That seems to somehow validate Elop Nokia strategy as both webos and meego seem to have similar market conditions (with meego having notably better sdk).
Anyway if huge patent portofolios are required to even compete with a product (as US is basically imposing its rules to the rest of the world) then OSS is irrelevant anyway.

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