HP and webOS: But They Seemed So Happy Together!
“It’s our first day together, but it’s already abundantly clear to everyone who’s been involved in bringing the two companies together that great things are in store. The combination of Palm’s trailblazing webOS and Hewlett-Packard’s strength as the leading provider of everything from PCs, laptops, and printers to home electronics and enterprise systems promises an amazing roadmap of new tools for your mobile and web-connected future.”
Those words, posted to the official Palm blog a little over a year ago, are rich with irony today given the news that HP is pulling the plug on its webOS hardware business and mulling the divestiture or spinoff of its PC business.
How quickly things change, right?
“With HP’s full backing and global strengths, I’m confident that webOS will be able to reach its full potential. This agreement will accelerate the development of this incredible platform with new resources, scale and support from a world-respected brand.”
Particularly for HP, which just weeks ago was talking up the importance of webOS to its core business, reiterating a message delivered by HP Executive Vice President Todd Bradley back in Feburary at the company’s big TouchPad unveiling.
“We have a commitment to expand the webOS platform to other devices and form factors you haven’t seen before,” Bradley said then. “And we’re going to do this across the broadest base of devices we can. … I’m pleased to announce today that we plan to extend webOS to the HP PC. Introducing webOS to our PC customers later this year will drastically expand the platform, for us and for our developers.”
What happened between February and August? Hell, what happened between July and August, after Bradley told AllThingsD’s Ina Fried that HP was committed to a broad webOS lineup? WebOS was supposed to be HP’s big consumer platform push. It was supposed to give us super powers! And the TouchPad was supposed to be Russell Brand’s butler (see video below)!
Evidently, HP drastically rethought that commitment. Which raises the question: Was Palm worth the $1.2 billion HP paid for it? It certainly doesn’t look that way today.
- Hewlett-Packard Says Goodbye to PCs, webOS
- HP Pulls Plug on webOS Hardware, Leaves OS Future in Doubt
- HP And webOS: But They Seemed So Happy Together!
- Liveblogging HP’s “Everything Including the Kitchen Sink” Conference Call
- HP’s Apotheker: We Struck Out with WebOS, but Maybe Someone Else Wants a Swing?
- Viral Video: Like Palm’s Creepy Naked Lady, TouchPad’s Floating Celeb Heads Get the HP Boot
- Licensing webOS May Not Be Much of an Option for HP
- Hewlett-Packard’s PC Business: What Happens Next?
- Worth More Dead Than Alive: Could HP Turn a Profit on Palm’s Patents?
- With HP’s Raising of the World’s Biggest White Flag, Will Jon Rubinstein and Todd Bradley Surrender Too?