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HP to stop making webOS devices

Palo Alto based business and consumer electronics giant Hewlett-Packard has announced it is to discontinue the manufacturing of the Palm-acquired webOS products, which includes the Pre mobile phones and TouchPad tablet.

The news of this came from HP's third quarter 2011 results report, which brought this information to those who favour these devices and have supported them since Palm – where the latest HP Pre3 handset only went on sale this week.

Hewlett-Packard did not go into any great detail with the report, other than to state – “HP will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. The devices have not met internal milestones and financial targets. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.”

This statement could very well mean that HP will still leverage the powerful and true multitasking nature of the OS in other devices, just not tablets and mobile phones.

The likelihood of the webOS appearing in computers hasn't been ruled out, where the platform could form the basis of other systems such TV's or multimedia products, perhaps even Hewlett-Packard's own servers – for which they are well-known, in the business world.

It was even rumoured the operating system could run the low-costing netbooks, which Google’s own ChromeOS has now started making an appearance as the choice platform with vendors and applications run from the cloud.

HP announced it had agreed to acquire Palm in April 2010, where the deal was completed in July that year for $1.2 billion. The Palm global business unit was responsible for webOS software development and webOS based hardware products, such as the Palm Pre and Pixi handsets.

The first webOS device to appear was the Palm Pre in June 2009, which boasted a card-like user interface that was based on a Linux Kernel and could run hundreds of applications at once

– all of which could be accessed, with no lag whatsoever.

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