Linked by David Adams on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:13 UTC
In the News Hewlett-Packard Co. , the world's largest computer maker, is in talks to buy [database search software vendor] Autonomy Corp. for about $10 billion and plans to spin off its personal-computer business, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Is this an indicator of the Post PC Era?
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RE[4]: WebOS gone too?
by MOS6510 on Thu 18th Aug 2011 21:08 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: WebOS gone too?"
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Maybe now they can. Google buying Motorola Mobile brings a lot of uncertainty in Android world. Court cases against Android phone makers, low margings. Some vendor might take the gamble and license webOS.

If HP stops making webOS phones it makes it saver to license the OS as vendors won't be at a disadvantage making their own product without having to compete with HP itself.

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RE[5]: WebOS gone too?
by Mexicali100 on Thu 18th Aug 2011 22:00 in reply to "RE[4]: WebOS gone too?"
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Is it a coincidence this announcement comes days after Google's announcement to acquire Motorola mobile? Was webOS/Palm also up for Google's purchase consideration? I loved the form factor of my Palm Pixi. I could slip that thing in any pocket while I waited for it to reboot. lol

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RE[5]: WebOS gone too?
by Lennie on Fri 19th Aug 2011 08:13 in reply to "RE[4]: WebOS gone too?"
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Yes, it is no coincidence I'm pretty sure about it.

But it could take an other year atleast before the manufacturers know for certain if Motorola/Google is a threat.

Maybe they can buy the option to license it under some conditions for very little.

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RE[6]: WebOS gone too?
by MOS6510 on Fri 19th Aug 2011 08:57 in reply to "RE[5]: WebOS gone too?"
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I wonder if it's a coincidence.

Putting up the Pre 3 for pre-order (no pun intended) and introducing a better version of the TouchPad and then announcing you're going to cancel the lot make it seem they had a plan they suddenly canceled for some reason.

Yet would they do this because of Google/Motorola Mobile? It's not even an official done deal yet and there are no indications where this will lead to. It might strengthen Android, it may also be the beginning of the end. Will HTC and Samsung continue with Android, dump it, or go along with while also looking at WP7.

One would expect these kind of decisions to be the result of months of planning and talks.

Why not give webOS a chance first? Sure, it probably already failed as a tablet, but why not give the phone version a chance. Apple was aiming for 1% market share when the iPhone was announced, so they thought they could make a profit with only 1% market share. Surely HP can grab at least 1% with the HP Pre 3.

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