We’ve long surmised that WebOS’s days were limited but little did we realize how limited they were. From the press release:
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.
This is part of a larger revamping of HP but the end result is that webOS appears to be moving towards possibly an open source model. Who knows if it goes like Android (free/open) or Windows Phone (paid) but I can only imagine that to keep it alive they let anyone who wants a crack at it put it on their hardware. For all of the things that webOS did well, it didn’t sell or get marketed well.
Let’s see how this plays out as they release more info.