HP Announces Plans to Discontinue webOS Hardware

Remember when HP acquired Palm, and they released some interesting phones based on webOS? Well, it hasn’t turned out as expected and today the company has announced it will be discontinuing hardware based on webOS, such as tablets and phones. This potential rival to iOS seems to have given up, and is going to shut it down, via SplatF:

HP will consider a broad range of options that may include, among others, a full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction.

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.

Also noted is a rumoured $10 billion dollar deal for HP to acquire Autonomy, a software maker in the UK. Palm was comprised of many former Apple employees, but even that has not enabled HP to help sell their products (TouchPad sales have been dismal in the USA). WebOS is still impressive, but it appears licensing out the technology could be an option. R.I.P., HP webOS devices. Gee, I wonder how TouchPad and Pre owners feel right about now.