As an addendum to yesterday’s revelation that HP was staying in the PC business, it sounds like webOS is on its way to an early grave. We don’t mean that the HP is going to spin it off, or re-purpose the platform for something else, we mean kill it dead and shed 500 jobs in the process. The Guardian claims to have the inside story, and the decision has already been made.
HP bought Palm in 2010 for $1.2 billion, but spent nearly a year getting the first new webOS devices out. The program was unceremoniously frozen by former HP CEO Leo Apotheker, and new CEO Meg Whitman seems to be following through on it. The speculation is backed up by Whitman’s deflection of questions on webOS in the recent earnings call. She preferred to discuss Windows 8 slates over webOS.
There has been talk of selling Palm, but if HP is truly shuttering it, there must not have been any takers. It would be sad to see webOS go, but the market just might not be capable of supporting another mobile OS. Do you think this is the webOS swan song?