Hewlett-Packard has announced that the company will discontinue all WebOS-based devices, including WebOS phones and the TouchPad tablet, released just a couple of months ago.
In an official press release, HP said it “will continue to explore options to optimize the value of WebOS software going forward”.
Besides the end of life of the WebOS tablet and smartphones, HP acknowledged it may potentially separate its Personal Systems Group (PSG) into a separate company “though a spin-off or other transaction”. This could be a major change in the PC industry, since HP is the world’s largest personal computer maker and their PSG includes laptop and desktop PCs and workstations, besides discontinued WebOS tablets and phones.
Update: HP has dropped the price of the discontinued TouchPad to only $99.99. Customers who bought the tablet with the old price of $399 or more via HP.com can now get a full refund. The same or similar step is also expected from retailers that were selling the device.