RIP WebOS

Looks like the fat lady’s finally sung for WebOS, after this week’s already-disastrous news about Best Buy wanting HP to take its TouchPads back: not only does HP plan to sell off its PC manufacturing side to focus on just software/services, but they’ve also decided to kill off the TouchPad (this year’s biggest tech flop)

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HP to install WebOS alongside Windows on all PCs starting in 2012

Ars Technica reports that starting next year, HP plans on including WebOS with all of its shipping PCs, alongside the usual Windows 7 install: http://arstechnica.com/software/news/2011/03/webos-to-ship-on-all-hp-pcs-from-next-year.ars I assume WebOS will be available as a bootable or virtual option on HP machines. Given WebOS’ anemic market share among smartphones (and the unusual nature of this plan), not

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New WebOS products announced, no more “Palm” brand

Today, HP held a big press conference to announce several new products using WebOS (Palm’s smartphone operating system): http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/02/hp-announces-touchpad-tablet-and-two-new-phones.ars Two new smartphones were announced, the Veer and the Pre 3. The Veer, like the short-lived Microsoft Kin, is a smallish-sized slider phone, replacing the Pixi. Meanwhile, the Pre 3 replaces the previous Pre models, but

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HP buys Palm… WebOS shall live on

As a Palm Pre owner who enjoys his phone’s WebOS operating system, I’ve been wary over news of Palm’s possible death (and being resigned to choosing from a phone in the future running Android, which is OK but still doesn’t feel as nice as WebOS), comes today’s surprising news: Hewlett-Packard (makers of my laptop) are

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