A little over a year after buying Palm, HP announced today that it will "discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones". It's a sad day for everyone who was rooting for this mobile platform underdog — and expecially webOS device owners.Photo remixed from originals from HP and Georg Preissi / Shutterstock.
Although HP's press release says the company "will continue to explore options to optimise the value of webOS software going forward", owners of the TouchPad and smartphones like the Pre 3 probably don't have much to look forward to in terms of future development and support — at least from HP. (The TouchPad itself has only just gone on sale in Australia, meaning WebOS has never had any kind of real crack at the local market.)
HP is also looking at spinning off its personal computing systems group, getting out of the hardware game altogether it seems. There's not much else known except the brief announcement, but for more commentary and background you can check out Mat Honan's post on Gizmodo.