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WebOS/MeeGo: What Would You Have Done Differently?

  • September 28, 2011 8:29 am

Two amazing mobile platforms have succumbed to the insurmountable forces of neglect and disinterest: WebOS and MeeGo. Both platforms had their strengths and weaknesses. What they shared, however, was a huge amount of potential. The only major fault of both was that the owner(s) dropped the ball. Whether it be poor resource management, lack of marketing, or fractured roadmap/schedule, may never be known. Ultimately we’re left with a single option: choose from one of the few big platforms offered by Apple, Google, Microsoft or RIM.

If we were in charge of HP we would have put a considerably greater amount of in-house developers and company financial resources behind the webOS platform. Because MeeGo is/was open source we would have been a lot more proactive than the mishmash of supporters have been thus far and advertised the hell out of it. (How is anyone supposed to get excited (read: care) about your platform if they don’t know it exists?)

But we’re sure there are at least a few other good ideas out there. What would you have done? Leave it in the comments after the break…

HP Announces 525 Layoffs For Coming To WebOS Team.

  • September 20, 2011 7:10 am

Even though HP is apparently committed to webOS (whether by sale or some miraculous re-birth within the company), they will carry onward with fewer webOS members in tow.

Following the abandonment of webOS hardware back in August, HP today started laying off an unconfirmed amount of webOS employees. (Some reports indicate layoffs may go as high as 525.)

What’s uncertain even now is what exactly HP’s plan is. While they’ve already voiced interest in “leveraging the webOS software”. Critics have been quick to hit back at such comments, citing a lack of hardware essentially a death sentence for the platform.

Either way, the future for webOS remains bleak.

Unreleased 7″ TouchPad Go Images Leak. Still Vaporware.

  • September 19, 2011 9:47 am

WebOS fans licking their wounds after HP’s untimely exit last month will no doubt find images of the unreleased 7″ TouchPad Go tablet creating an even greater feeling of sadness.

Cheer up. Maybe a TouchPad Go or two will show up on eBay…

HP Sends Letters To Employees Detailing Upcoming HP TouchPad Availability.

  • September 18, 2011 9:09 pm

Miss out on the HP TouchPad fire sale from a few weeks back? Well, we have bittersweet news. Sweet: HP is planning to hold another TouchPad fire sale beginning September 28th at 9:00 AM PST. Bitter: The fire sale is only for U.S. HP employees…at least for now.

The news was dispersed to HP employees via internal email. Similar to the first fire sale, pricing will be $99/$149 for the 16 GB and 32 GB TouchPads. Shipping will occur within 10 days of the initial order. And unfortunately for eBay resellers, all customers will be limited to just one TouchPad at a time (for now).

Non-HP employees looking to score a TouchPad in this second wave of fire sale fun time will have to buddy up with an HP employee or sit tight and wait for more hardware to hit online auction sites.

Letter sent to employees after the break…

What If: HTC And WebOS.

  • September 12, 2011 11:56 am

As one of the (apparently) few people who had a thing for webOS’ sleek lines and heaps of potential, it saddened me when HP made the surprise announcement that they were discontinuing all webOS hardware. And then but a few days later comments from HP indicated they could once again re-open the webOS hardware shop later on down the road. Needless to say, HP’s stance is confusing as much as it is disappointing.

But there is hope for webOS aficionados. Rumors began circulating early today of a potential purchase by HTC. For a company that is so heavily entrenched in the Android culture and just beginning to take Windows Phone 7 under its their wing, it almost seems too good to be true. Is it?

Report: HP Eyed Samsung And LG As Possible PSG Buyers.

  • September 7, 2011 9:53 am

The last 1-2 months have certainly been jam packed with tech upsets and announcements. In our eyes, however, the most surprising announcement came from HP when they announced last month their intention of stopping all webOS hardware development and manufacturing and voicing interest in spinning off their PC business (Personal Systems Group).

Following up on the original news comes a new report by Cnet who is claiming that as far back as late 2010 HP was involved in discussions with LG and Samsung (as well as other, undisclosed companies) over a potential purchase of PSG — a very different message compared to HP’s current stance (spinning off the company into a separate entity rather than sell off PSG in its entirety).

Whether or not HP is still looking to spin-off the business (as most recently reported) or is fluctuating back and forth between a spin-off and outright sale isn’t known.

Since the public announcement that they were looking at a potential PSG spin-off, HP has been running a new ad campaign in an effort to calm investors and shareholders claiming a spin-off would allow the company to be a “more agile organization to help us better anticipate change and quickly respond to customers”.

We’re still not sure CEO Léo Apotheker’s apparent vision of realigning with HP’s old enterprise roots is the best route. You?

HP Continues Cutting, WebOS GBU Split Into Two Separate Groups.

  • September 3, 2011 3:39 pm

Apparently HP execs weren’t done with they chaos they started a couple weeks back. Under the latest roadmap, HP will keep webOS software (the only thing that matters) in the Office of Strategy and Technology while hardware (everything that’s been discontinued) will get shuffled over to HP’s Personal Systems Group (PSG). This will allow HP to keep all of webOS’ patents and ideas in-house should PSG get spun off/sold to another company.

The announcement in two forms via Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Shane Robison and Executive vice president of HP’s Personal Systems Group, Todd Bradley, in emails sent throughout HP. Basically, it looks like HP is doing what Palm failed to do in the early 2000′s — split hardware and software so they can compete in both arenas. Palm failed with that approach. Miserably. Will HP have better luck?

Full letters sent to HP employees from Shane Robison and Todd Bradley after the break…

Success! Android/WebOS Now Dual Booting On A TouchPad Near You. (Just Barely.)

  • September 2, 2011 1:04 pm

That dual booting TouchPad love story we mentioned a few days back is already here. Like before, RootzWiki (home of the TouchDroid project) has all the details.

But don’t go preparing your TouchPad for brain surgery just yet. While Both Android and webOS now play in harmony, the Android side of things is more for proof of concept. At the moment nothing really works. As outlined by RootzWiki:

Hello Rootzwiki and All fans and Supporters:

Touchdroid is glad to bring you our first demo video. Sorry, For the long wait, We wanted to show you our full progress so far.

-What is working as of now?
We have dual boot working as you can see in the video. It can boot both android + webos. At the moment we are utilizing one kernel for both OS’s. This may change in the future. You may ask why? Simple answer is we don’t have units to spear to science. Many of the developers working on this, Do Not Have Units. And the Few that do once they brick we have to wait on HP to repair them. (which will only slow development)

The first order of business for the TouchDroid team is to get the touchscreen working within Android. Considering that’s pretty much the only way to interact with the TouchPad…we think it’s a good place to start.

WebOS is an OS with a ton of potential. Unfortunately, developers simply haven’t flocked over in the droves needed to make it a legitimate Android/iOS contender. Nonetheless, the TouchPad will certainly gain geek cred once the dual boot situation improves.

Video of the dual boot goodness after the break

Say What? HP Claims TouchPad Could See Second Life. Promises Future Update To Increase Performance.

  • August 30, 2011 10:40 am

If HP’s future strategy weren’t already enough of a cluster, today in an interview with Reuters HP’s head of Personal Systems Group, Todd Bradley, claimed that the TouchPad could see a second birth later on down the road. According to Bradley: “Tablet computing is a segment of the market that’s relevant, absolutely”. So why kill the TouchPad (and essentially webOS) a mere 6 weeks after it was introduced? Beats us. We’re pretty sure no one at HP knows what the hell they’re doing right now.

While the thought of a TouchPad rebirth sounds nice and all, the bigger message that consumers will get is an on again/off again stance by HP regarding TouchPad hardware (and webOS). It’s mildly confusing for us to sit and watch weekly contradicting announcements from HP. Imagine what mainstream consumers will think.

On top of all the back-and-forth commenting by HP, the company has also revealed to Cnet that an OTA TouchPad update is planned in the near future.

“We expect that HP TouchPad owners can look forward to an over-the-air update that will enhance the platform and add functionality and a growing applications catalog

While the effect on consumers is already bad enough, HP’s own suppliers are getting burned too. A separate report by DigiTimes points out a massive stock pile of now wortheless parts for the soon-to-be released TouchPad GO.

In all, the quick exit with webOS has reportedly cost HP north of $100 million.

In short: HP is all f*cked up.