HP Nixes the TouchPad and Its webOS-powered Smartphones

Wow, the just announced news that HP plans on discontinuing its TouchPad and WebOS smartphones products is causing quite a ripple in the technosphere at the moment. People don’t know what to make of the announcement. A platform that had so much promise and was intent on competing with the big boys with a truly open platform has failed — at least in the tablet and smartphone space for HP. Word is webOS will live on, but that it will likely power devices like HP printers, digital photo frames, car infotainment systems, etc. Well, TouchPad / Veer / Pre3, it was nice knowing you in the short life you had. Save a spot in gadget heaven for the Meego-powered Nokia N9 for us. It should be joining you shortly.

Aside: It probably didn’t help that Best Buy had “taken delivery of 270,000 TouchPads and has so far managed to sell only 25,000, or less than 10 percent of the units in its inventory,” according to AllThingsD.

HP Confirms Discussions with Autonomy Corporation plc Regarding Possible Business Combination; Makes Other Announcements

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 18, 2011

HP 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.

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