Well, this didn’t take long. HP has just confirmed that they will be discontinuing the TouchPad and all webOS phones. This will certainly affect the release of the white 64GB TouchPad we talked about earlier today.
Furthermore, this brings credence to the reports Best Buy asking for a refund for HP TouchPads still sitting on the giant retailer shelves.
HP released this quote:
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.
I really feel for webOS enthusiast, the OS always seems to be climbing uphill in a war against better marketed mobile operating systems. Truthfully, we all had a sneaky suspicion that this day may come ever since HP decided to acquire Palm.
That said, webOS is still an awesome platform, and licensing it to other manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and LG to name a few; will only help the floundering operating system succeed in the future. But until we hear what’s the next move from HP, we’ll just have to settle with our condolences as all devices are put to rest.
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