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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My theory about what HP's doing here...
by bhtooefr on Sun 21st Aug 2011 20:39 UTC
bhtooefr
Member since:
2009-02-19

I suspect that HP is actually dumping the TouchPad as a loss-leader to build interest in the platform and get an install base for developers to target. Interestingly, it seems to be working - 16 GiB TouchPads are going for $200-250 on eBay, and there are places that never dropped them from $399 that are reporting that they're sold out.

I actually picked a 32 GiB one from Best Buy this morning (they were out of 16 GiB ones), partially because I want to see webOS succeed as a platform - it's my favorite mobile OS, and just needs good hardware and apps, IMO, to succeed.

Now, the question is... Will HP "re-evaluate" their hardware, and continue making it, or will this benefit a potential webOS licensee? Either way, we might just win as alternative OS fans, if I'm right.

Here's a blog post I did on the subject, but it's pretty much the same stuff in this post: http://my.opera.com/bhtooefr/blog/2011/08/21/whats-going-on-with-th...

Oh, and this post written on my touchpad. Really need to convert a Model M to bluetooth...

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jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't think HP is that smart; look at the fight they just had with Best Buy. That said, according to my local Radio Shack (which didn't have any in stock), HP is not discontinuing webOS devices; in fact, he said he was going to a workshop in a week or two to be trained on the next webOS tablet. Take it for what it's worth...

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

I don't think HP is that smart; look at the fight they just had with Best Buy. That said, according to my local Radio Shack (which didn't have any in stock), HP is not discontinuing webOS devices; in fact, he said he was going to a workshop in a week or two to be trained on the next webOS tablet. Take it for what it's worth...


I dunno, HP isn't stupid either ;) They likely saw the writing on the wall: "nobody is gonna buy these things at full price, maybe give them away and see what happens"

I'm willing to bet it was their "Plan B" strategy for getting WebOS out there and users/developers excited about it. I wouldn't have discounted it quite so deeply at first though, maybe a gradual decrease to offset the losses in manufacturing would have been a little more intelligent.

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jtfolden Member since:
2005-08-12

HP wont re-evaluate anything unless the current CEO loser-Leo is ousted in the next 2 weeks or something. HP wants to drop all their consumer hardware (except printers, I guess) including their entire PSG group (of which WebOS devices are under).

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