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Topic # 88604 19-Aug-2011 07:52
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From a press release today:

 
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.
 




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  Reply # 508829 19-Aug-2011 07:54
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OMG what? Seriously, there is absolutely no reason to ever consider the TouchPad now - not that I was ever considering it over Android.



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  Reply # 508831 19-Aug-2011 08:03
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bit like Beta v VHS , the market decides in the end.




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  Reply # 508833 19-Aug-2011 08:16
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That was quick!



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  Reply # 508852 19-Aug-2011 09:06
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bit like Beta v VHS , the market decides in the end.


They didnt even really get it into the market for a choice to be made, more likely HP new it was a gamble to introduce a left field OS in a market with two good incumbents, and now the stock is tumbling have pulled the plug on most of their personal computing activities.

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  Reply # 508855 19-Aug-2011 09:16
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I saw the demo of the HP tablet last Friday at the Ingram Micro show in Wellington - before then I had read reviews which basically said just another tablet, but must admit that it had some nice features too.
Still very surprised how quick its death has come - well Web OS anyway. Wonder if there will be some going at bargin prices!

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  Reply # 508862 19-Aug-2011 09:46
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Just read the TechDay release - imagine how much R&D $$ went into that device...ouch.

http://www.techday.co.nz/itbrief/news/hp-to-discontinue-webos-devices/20877/5/




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  Reply # 508865 19-Aug-2011 09:50
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'cause it arrived in my inbox and I clicked on it :)

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  Reply # 508870 19-Aug-2011 09:56
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Palm were a great company for years, in the 90s I had a series of Palm devices. Nothing I can find these days can match them for simplicity and speed of use. Unfortunately their hardware quality was shockingly bad, out of the four units I paid for I had about fifteen when you count replacements. The Tungsten N (with a keyboard) was especially bad, I had six of those.

Then they split the company, sold bits, bought bits, and spent a long time and a fortune writing a new OS. If they were two years earlier to market maybe they'd have had more luck, but they were just too little, too late. HP was pretty stupid for buying them.




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  Reply # 508886 19-Aug-2011 10:40
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WebOS has honestly just been mismanaged, it has some spectacular ideas but every time a product releases they seem to botch it up.  It's just unfortunate because although I probably would never buy a WebOS device, I really really want one.  I don't actually think the smaller eco system makes a huge difference as I'm sure people only ever use 10-15 apps in their day to day lives.  But now perhaps I'll be able to pick up a TouchPad and a Veer for not a lot of money.

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  Reply # 508920 19-Aug-2011 11:49
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Really interested to see what happens to webOS. Was seriously considering a TouchPad.

HP should consider releasing webOS as open-source and let the homebrew community take over it. The OS itself has a lot of potential.




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  Reply # 509371 20-Aug-2011 15:27
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Selling them for 99$ USD as of right now to clear the stock.

Wonder if we'll get similar discounts?



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