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Aug 19 2011   11:56AM GMT

HP Kills Off Its webOS Smartphones and Tablets

Ed Hardy Ed Hardy Profile: Ed Hardy

In the second announcement to rock the mobile device market this week, HP has announced that it’s no longer going to offer smartphones and tablets running the webOS. This was a sad day for people like me who were fans of this operating system, which was originally created by Palm, Inc.

HP webOSThis was a sad day for me. I started out reporting about Palm over ten years ago, back in the days of the PDA. I followed it through the transition to smartphones, and the rocky switch from the Palm OS to the webOS.  

I wrote an editorial for Brighthand on why HP was forced to pull out of the mobile market, and what it means for anyone trying to go head-to-head with Google and Apple.

Read the full content of this editorial at:

With HP Out of the Running, Can Anyone Compete with Android and iPhone?

Jamison Cush, the Site Editor for TechTarget’s TabletPCReview wrote his own editorial about the swift demise of the HP TouchPad, this company’s first and last tablet running the webOS.

You can find his take on HP’s devision here:

The HP TouchPad Obituary

It’s well worth a read. Jamison makes some good points about HP’s failure to truly commit to the demands of the mobile market.

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