Archive for: webOS

HP Open Sources webOS, Declines To Talk Future Hardware.

  • December 9, 2011 1:56 pm

After months of waiting, webOS fans finally have a clear answer from HP as to what is happening to their beloved platform. Well, sort of. At today’s “all hands on deck” meeting HP CEO, Meg Whitman, announced that HP will be open sourcing the core webOS source code to everyone from “homebrew developers to a manufacturers”. Essentially, HP is turning webOS into Android, or, a much prettier Android.

More specifically, Meg announced a few key points to keep in mind regarding webOS moving foward, basically saying the company was still committed to webOS, and that by open sourcing the platform will help push webOS into the hearts and minds of developers much more quickly.

Sadly, Meg neglected to mention anything regarding webOS hardware (or if the company would even attempt it in any form again) as well as the hundreds of webOS jobs still in limbo. But hey, at least knowing the platform isn’t dead is something, right?

The open source move will begin with “Enyo” in a few weeks with more chunks of webOS getting the open source treatment as time progresses. HP mentioned that a roadmap was incoming.

As for intelectual property and patents, HP has stated that they will keep all webOS related patents in-house and use them to protect webOS developers moving forward.

Gadgetsteria’s take: We’re happy to see webOS keeping webOS alive, however, we’re worried that the Android approach will allow various parties to fragment webOS into another Android, and somewhat ruin a part of webOS’ uniqueness.

Report: HP’s webOS Decision Coming In Two Weeks.

  • November 30, 2011 8:50 am

The long, toiled, and utterly depressing story of webOS over the last 6-10 months has played out in a gut wrenching slug fest online. Much to the dismay of many webOS aficionados, hope for any future for the aspiring mobile platform is all but gone. All that’s left is a slim chance that HP’s current new CEO, Meg Whitman, will save the fledging OS.

While we still haven’t received any concrete timeline in the states, a French newspaper, “Le Figaro” is reporting (Google Translated) that Meg Whitman claimed via interview that the final webOS decision will come in within the next two weeks. Whitman is currently in Vienna for a corporate themed event at which HP is showcasing their new concept of “information optimization”. Sounds completely uninteresting and boring, eh?

“We should announce our decision in the next two weeks. This is not an easy decision, because we have a team of 600 people which is in limbo. We need to have another operating system.”

Here’s to hoping…

HP Rumored To Be Eyeing WebOS Buyer. (Please Don’t Let It Be Oracle.)

  • November 7, 2011 8:21 pm

WebOS, my how you have fallen. You once were a potentially great up and coming mobile operating system. Now you’re nothing more than an unloved step child being passed between foster homes. Right now HP (barely) claims you. And if negotiations with potential buyers go in HP’s favor, one of several potential buyers will be the next.

According to one of Reuters’ sources (link), Oracle is a front runner in the potential sale. If webOS wasn’t dead before, it certainly will be after Oracle gets its cold, stodgy, corporate hands all over it, as they’ll buy it for patents and courtroom firepower alone. And if anyone is going to blow “hundreds of millions” on a dead platform, it would be Oracle, a company that is about as far from “knowing” the consumer market as you can get.

Another potential candidate offered up by Electronista — Sony. While some would classify Sony as another certain death sentence, this pairing could actually be worthwhile. Sony has dabbled with both Windows Mobile and Android over the years, with the latter being their current go-to mobile platform. With that said, Sony’s handsets haven’t really taken off like competing Android products from HTC, Samsung, and Motorola. The gorgeous Sony hardware paired with a much better looking (than Android) webOS could help Sony reinvigorate their stagnant mobile division.

Wishes and dreams aside, the sooner we accept reality — that webOS is dead — the better. It was a great run while it lasted. Unfortunately the drive wasn’t there. HP was the platform’s last hope, and they failed — miserably.

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 Flip Flop: Apotheker Out, Whitman In.

  • September 22, 2011 4:24 pm

Previous rumors stating HP was potentially looking to replace Leo Apotheker (who was hired not even one year ago) have progressed much further than originally believed. Today the company announced that Apotheker is officially out. In his place will be former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman.

The move is hardly surprising. In less than a year Apotheker single handedly (with the boards blessing) destroyed HP’s hard work and effort created by former CEO Mark Hurd. The consumer oriented webOS has all but been killed and the company’s HP business was even put up on red alert. It goes without saying very few people will miss Apotheker.

Though Apotheker wasn’t alone. The board helped. Earlier today SAI ran a story which cited an unnamed HP board member who flat out admitted the board was “too tired from the infighting” (they apparently hate each other) to properly choose a replacement CEO for Hurd. The most astonishing admission, however, is that few members of the board actually met Apotheker before hiring him as the company’s CEO.

A new day for HP? More importantly: Can webOS survive? Finally: Should HP’s board be replaced?

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…