This is really sad news. HP has announced that they plan to discountinue operations for webOS devices, which include the TouchPad and webOS phones like the Veer and HP Pre 3 handset which has just half-heartedly launched in Europe.
In a press release, HP – the world’s largest computer maker – confirmed that they were dumping webOS hardware development, adding that they would, “continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward” (whatever that means).
A truly great OS
We’ve always been massive fans of webOS – as far as we’re concerned it remains the best phone/tablet OS created thus far – and it’s a real shame to see the legacy of Palm being cast aside, only a year after HP acquiring the company for $1.2 billion.
Tech site Gizmodo also shared our joy of the OS:
When you synced your Gmail, Facebook, Aim and Yahoo contacts, webOS automatically connected them all together. Messaging was a joy. Send a message to someone over SMS, AIM, Gtalk, whatever. Didn’t matter. It all filtered into the same window as one epic conversation, transversing space time and a Babel of messaging protocols.
The graphic design was coherent, unified and appealing. Multitasking was especially elegant, utilizing a card metaphor that is still unmatched by any other mobile OS right now. Swipe up from the gesture bar to bring up the card view, drag to reorder, and swipe up to exit. Same goes for their notifications system. I never spent less time trying to figure out the state of my emails, texts, IMs and messages than when I used webOS.
HP’s Stephen DeWitt later commented, “We are not walking away from webOS” so there may be some development continuing on the OS, although the most likely outcome would appear to be attempts to license it.
Certainly it looks like the end of webOS handsets, which is a real, real shame.
Here’s the full press statement, with a load of legal guff added on at the end:
HP Confirms Discussions with Autonomy Corporation plc Regarding Possible Business Combination; Makes Other Announcements
PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HP (NYSE: HPQ) today commented on the recent announcement by Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU.L). HP confirms that it is in discussions with Autonomy regarding a possible offer for the company.
HP also reported that it plans to announce that its board of directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG). HP will consider a broad range of options that may include, among others, a full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction.
In addition, 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.
HP today announced preliminary results for the third fiscal quarter 2011, with revenue of $31.2 billion compared with $30.7 billion one year ago.
In the third quarter, preliminary GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.93 and non-GAAP diluted EPS was $1.10, compared with third quarter fiscal 2010 GAAP diluted EPS of $0.75 and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.08. Non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangible assets of approximately $0.17 per share and $0.33 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010, respectively.
For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011, HP estimates revenue of approximately $32.1 billion to $32.5 billion, GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $0.44 to $0.55, and non-GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $1.12 to $1.16. Non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance excludes after-tax costs of approximately $0.61 to $0.68 per share, related primarily to restructuring and shutdown costs associated with webOS devices, the amortization and impairment of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.
HP estimates full-year FY11 revenue will be approximately $127.2 billion to $127.6 billion, down from its previous estimate of $129 billion to $130 billion. FY11 GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $3.59 to $3.70, down from its previous estimate of at least $4.27, and FY11 non-GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $4.82 to $4.86, down from its previous estimate of at least $5.00. FY11 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $1.16 to 1.23 per share, related primarily to restructuring and shutdown costs associated with webOS devices, the amortization and impairment of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.
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