justinday said: C’mon. WebOS was never going to win. You knew it. I knew it. We all knew it. It’s an Android-iOS world and that’s all there is to it. The sooner Microsoft wakes up and dumps their sinking ship the better off they’ll be too.
» SFB says: Here’s the thing, though. WebOS didn’t need to “win,” it just needed to do well enough to stay in the race, and then it could’ve spread in interesting directions. WebOS would’ve been an interesting platform to build on — and not just for tablets either. HP wanted to put this thing in stoves! There is a significant embedded systems market out there that could do really cool things with an OS like WebOS. The problem the OS had was not the software; it was the hardware strategy. And the other thing to keep in mind: With Google now the proud owner of Motorola, they may be less likely to share Android’s latest bells and whistles with other hardware-makers. If HP was smart, they’d see this as an opportunity to make an alternative to Android, following the Google model. But something tells me that hasn’t even crossed their minds. — Ernie @ SFB
» Investors were NOT happy with the news: HP fell down to its lowest level in years — a level so low that they last time it was at this nadir, Carly Fiorina had just left the company. We think this should tell HP something — killing off the race horse (WebOS) immediately after it starts the race is terrible business strategy, and investors will not react kindly to this. That was your future, HP, and you blew it because you had no idea how to feasibly make it work.
HP, a storied Silicon Valley icon that dominates the personal computing industry, announced it will discontinue the WebOS-based “TouchPad” tablet computer and phones, which have failed to catch on with consumers.HP spent a ton of money on this thing. And it’s already done. (EDIT: Along with the Pre and their cell-phone business.) That’s it. Big deal. A lot of big news today in HP-land.
» A leaked memo from the CEO is to blame: The memo by Leo Apotheker caused the company’s stocks to fall. He cited the Japanese earthquake and weak PC sales as reasons to reduce hiring and prepare for another rough quarter. Even though their stocks are up from last year, they aren’t meeting market predictions, causing people to sell their shares in the company. Apparently, it’s causing the stock market to slow down overall. Yikes.