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The webOS was tested by HP running on an iPad 2. The result was a 100% boost in performance compared to the TouchPad. This meant that the hardware within the HP tablet did not perform as well as expected. This created a number of problems for the tablet’s development team.
Recently, HP announced that it would no longer be supporting its webOS, which it purchased from Palm. This meant the end of its line of smartphones and tablets running on the platform.
Is hardware the only reason why HP was so unhappy with the platform? We’re not so sure.
If there’s anything we’ve learned about tablets, is that it’s not all about hardware. The greatest example of this is the Motorola Xoom going up against the Apple iPad 2. The Xoom was equipped with more powerful hardware, but still failed to bring down the world’s most popular tablet. Why is this? It has everything to do with the simplicity of use and a wide range of tablet-optimized apps in the Apple App Store.
With the webOS, users enjoyed the ease of use from Apple and the flexibility of the Honeycomb OS by Google’s Android. However, there was one flaw that proved to be its downfall. It had a minute number of tablet-optimized apps in its app offering. Maybe if HP developed more apps for its webOS platform, the story may have been different.
Hewlett Packard (HP) is unhappy with its webOS platform, which it purchased from Palm in 2010. This is the operating system that powers its smartphone the Pre and its tablet the TouchPad. This means that the HP will no longer be competing in the mobile phone and tablet markets.
The company stated that it would “discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones”.
We all heard the news that HP was planning to allow other device manufacturers to make use of their OS just like Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform. However, with Android dominating the smartphone scene, HP decided to get out and cut its losses.
HP will not only discontinue its lineup of smartphones and tablets, it will also be putting its Personal Systems Group, responsible for making HP-branded PCs, out in the market.
We were actually surprised at HP’s announcement. After all, they were among the leaders in the computer manufacturing industry. They average 48 million PCs and a million printers each year. Furthermore, the webOS is used on 300 million devices around the world. It’s such a shame that we will no longer get to see HP in the future.
With HP bowing out of the game, does this mean that there is simply no stopping Android and the iOS? Should other platforms follow suit? Let us know what you think.
According to HP CEO, Leo Apokether, they are licensing their webOS to other manufacturers. The CEO added that one of the biggest names in the mobile phone industry, Samsung, is showing a lot of interest.
There is one reason why HP acquired Palm. This is Palm’s webOS. Despite initially saying that they would stay away from mobile phone and tablet markets, HP has released devices like the TouchPad, the Palm Veer, and the Palm Pre 2. Now, the company is pursuing its plans for licensing its operating system.
The CEO said, “We are talking to a number of companies, I can share with you that a number of companies have expressed interest. We are continuing our conversations.”
If this is the case, expect to see webOS-powered smartphones and tablets made by the Korean phone manufacturer. This may take place in the near future.
What would these Samsung-made webOS handsets look like? We’re guessing they’ll look like Samsung’s Galaxy series. If so, then these handsets would definitely be a hit.
If ever HP manages to strike deals with Samsung and other industry leaders, webOS will be another contender in the OS market. This platform will soon be neck-in-neck with OS leaders Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Since the Blackberry OS, Symbian, and MeeGo never really had a chance in the OS race, maybe HP’s webOS has what it takes to give the iOS and Android a run for their money.
Regardless of these statements made by HP’s CEO, Leo Apokether, Samsung had other things on its mind. In an official statement from Samsung’s representative Jason Kim, the spokesperson said, “Samsung will continue to strengthen its relationship with Google to provide ultimate values to customers.”
It looks like Samsung has pledged its allegiance to Android. After all, Google’s Android is a sure bet. However, this still doesn’t mean that Samsung isn’t interested in HP’s webOS.