So long TouchPad and Pre

By on August 19, 2011
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HP announced today that it will be shutting down most of it’s WebOS division

Though never officially launcged in the Middle East, HP announced today that it will be shutting down most of it’s WebOS division basically killing off the TouchPad tablet that was released just over a month ago in the US and the Pre line of Smartphones.

HP bought Palm a year back for over a $1billion with which it acquired Pre and WebOS. Ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd famously said in the wake of the Palm acquisition that it hadn’t bought webOS “to be in the smartphone business” so lets see where WebOS is headed now.

HP is also looking at “strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group” which includes desktops, laptops and hard drives basically confirming HP’s intent to exit the hardware game and move in the direction of software and services. More on this when the conference call kicks in half an hour.


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