HP Buries webOS And All webOS Devices

Well well, this is certainly turning out to be an eventful period for all things tech. Following hot on the heels of Motorola’s acquisition by Google comes another big announcement, courtesy of HP this time.

In a press release by the company that also spoke of HP’s separation as a software/service and hardware company, a small announcement read:

In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

Keen eyed readers will remember that HP bought Palm and the webOS for $1.2 billion about a year back in what seemed like a good deal then. Its enthusiasm about the deal was clear, given that they said the the OS would now be their primary OS, right up to the point where they claimed that every HP PC shipping by next year would run the webOS, which was certainly a bold move by any standard.

HP CEO Leo Apotheker has been quick to point though that webOS is entirely dead. HP has confirmed that it is in talks with Autonomy Corporation plc about a “possible offer” for the company, with Apotheker hinting that the Autonomy acquisition is considerably further along than just a “possible offer,” and that it’s expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

Industry reports indicate that even though webOS was something that interested consumers and was even beloved to a select few, it simply failed to grab a foothold that would allow it to realistically compete with the likes of iOS, Android or even Windows Phone 7. Even though I personally never considered webOS as a serious contender in the smart phone battle, its death means that customers now have lesser choices. So as customers, what do our readers think? Are you guys gonna miss the webOS or is it like nothing at all has changed? Let us know in the comments section.

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