HP have decided that Google have had too much news headlines this week.
Fresh on the awful news of sales for their WebOS (Palm) TouchPad tablets, it’s just been announced by HP that they are ending operations of WebOS. And that’s a day or two after they started selling their Pre3 WebOS powered phone in Europe!
The news of tablet sales were awful. It didn’t have a chance. Apple dominates. Business is waiting for Windows 8. Android tablets (an open OS) aren’t selling that well. RIM proved that a new closed device with no app environment would have the lifespan of a fat Turkey in December. And HP fattened up and walked straight into the butcher shop.
Bye bye HP WebOS!
HP has announced that they are looking to “spin off” the PC business. That’s business and consumer stuff on the desk. Personally speaking, I prefer HP desktops/laptops because of their build quality and ease of management in relation to software and drivers in the business. I hate Lenovo (quite poor here compared to what I hear from American friends), and although Dell has a good business, I think the build quality of PC’s’/laptops isn’t as good – which is important for devices that users are bashing about.
On TWiT Windows Weekly, Mary-Jo Foley suggested that maybe Samsung would buy the division. Maybe. And maybe it’ll be spun off/IPO’d as a new Compaq.
Oh – HP are also buying some UK software company called Autonomy. I guess they want to be the next IBM. Eeek!
Last year there were rumours about HP’s tablet plans. Originally, the tablet was to run Windows. Then HP “knew better” and went exclusively with WebOS. Well, Windows 7 tablets … you know my opinion on that – wait for 8. But investion millions/billions of dollars on WebOS, a no app OS, I think everyone knew that had no future. Shareholders should be furious.
And as for HP in the phone market … oh come on! I evaluated one of those back around 2004. We had to clip a keyboard onto the bottom of it to use a “keyboard” We ended up buying XDA (remember them?) III’s instead.