HP Kills TouchPad and webOS Smartphones

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HP today announced that it will stop making webOS devices, including the TouchPad tablets and webOS smartphones. The move comes just days after rumors indicating the TouchPad tablet was not selling well.

In a press release detailing Q3 2011 earnings in which HP touched on rumors of a restructuring and the acquisition of the software company, Autonomy Corporation, HP wrote:

HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Hewlett-Packard will retain the webOS software business, but will stop making the hardware, which will effectively kill its tablet and smartphone operations. HP may continue to license webOS to other vendors.

HP originally paid $1.2 billion for webOs in acquiring Palm in April, 2010. Leading up to the TouchPad launch earlier this summer, HP claimed webOS was central to its tablet and smartphone strategy, and indicated it had plans to port the operating system to all its personal computing products, including desktops, notebooks, and printers, in order to create a webOS ecosystem.

TabletPCReview will have more on this major news as it develops. For more information on HP and its major announcements, please check out DesktopReview. Also check out Brighthand for what the news means for smartphones.

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