HP Decides To Axe TouchPad, WebOS

Hewlett and Packard Co. (HP) has decided to withdraw its support for the recently launched HP TouchPad based on WebOS as the company is looking forward to selling off its computing business division aimed at consumers.

“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 company said in a press release to announce its earnings for the third quarter of the current financial year.

According to British newspaper, the Daily Mail, HP on Thursday decided to shut down operations for WebOS and is further looking to discontinue its consumer oriented computer business to focus on much profitable enterprise-based technology.

The decision has come nearly a year after HP spent billions to acquire Palm to venture into the tablet and smartphone business.

Within seven weeks of TouchPad launch, HP received huge number of complaints regarding its poor performance and utility issues. Even Web-based retailers have asked the company to buy back the remaining stock of the tablet device since only 10 percent of more than 225,000 units have been sold to the customers.