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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Comment by motang
by motang on Thu 18th Aug 2011 20:24 UTC
motang
Member since:
2008-03-27

Why not license out webOS to Samsung or HTC and have them make the hardware. It is such an awesome OS.

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RE: Comment by motang
by runjorel on Thu 18th Aug 2011 21:11 in reply to "Comment by motang"
runjorel Member since:
2009-02-09

I second that. Or at least open source it!!!

Maybe I am a little biased but my first smart phone was a pre. I then went to Android, then went to iOS, and then back to Android. Apps aside, WebOS to me has been by far the best OS. Multitasking, notifications, synergy, and just type are all things that I want and miss the heck out of a mobile OS. The lack of apps hurts a lot, don't get me wrong, but I still think WebOS is superior.

I am in just total disbelief. I knew WebOS products weren't going to kill iOS marketshare, but dang I didn't think it would die so quickly.

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RE[2]: Comment by motang
by ultrabill on Thu 18th Aug 2011 21:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by motang"
ultrabill Member since:
2008-08-07

I second that. Or at least open source it!!!

Isn't webOS already open source ?
Just have a look at this : http://opensource.palm.com/packages.html

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RE: Comment by motang
by ricegf on Fri 19th Aug 2011 15:25 in reply to "Comment by motang"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

They would need to find a company that would be content with a steady revenue stream from loyal delighted customers rather than world domination.

Think Opera. They keep plugging away with their (excellent, or so I'm told) desktop browser, with little chance they'll ever surpass Firefox, Chrome or IE in installed base. But their customers are loyal, and AFAICT they make a nice profit on their specialty browsers.

+1 for them. We need more stable companies like *that* and fewer erratic mega-corps like HP. IMHO, of course.

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