So what do HP engineers do when they are bored? Apparently they install their operating system on another company’s hardware. The results weren’t surprising: webOS ran faster on the iPad than it ever did on the TouchPad that it was intended for.
So did the TouchPad fail because the hardware was antiquated? Those developing for HP think so, having now indicated that their innovation was limited because of how poorly the operating system ran on the devices they had to work with. Is this the truth or are they just being defensive?
So if the problem is hardware related, maybe webOS deserves a second chance? Some rumors are flying that suggest manufacturers like Samsung or HTC may be interested in picking up that ball in light of the recent Google/Motorola transaction. While that may seem like a good idea in theory, I’m not so sure I’d buy into that one yet. Either way, with HP having said they are willing to license the platform, it’s a possibility.
The unfortunate thing is that HP never had the chance for a second generation of devices. But with the flagship device looking to have been a 7 inch model, and tablets of this size not seeing a lot of consumer success, it is likely wise that HP quit before they were further behind.
So what next? There should be a lot of news emerging soon regarding what will happen to the HP webOS products already in the channel, not to mention the consumer response from those that already purchased one.
The other key players in this game are likely watching rather closely. Many are expecting RIM to follow close behind HP while they conduct a deathwatch of their own, desperately hoping that their latest line of smartphones will help to resurrect the brand. If they are lucky, webOS users will choose BlackBerry for their next device instead of turning to Android or iOS.