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HP is laying off much of its webOS team.  (Source: 20th Century Fox)

WebOS had a strong contingent of hardcore fans who swore it was the best mobile operating system. Those fans will surely be disappointed as the platform inches closer to its final resting place.  (Source: Gizmodo)
Hewlett-Packard continues to drive the remains of Palm into the ground

All Things Digital is reporting that Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ), currently the world's largest maker of personal computers, is in the process of laying off 525 employees in its webOS business unit.

A spokesperson for the company comments, "As communicated on August 18, HP will discontinue the development of webOS devices within the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ends Oct 31 2011. As part of this decision, the webOS GBU [general business unit] is undergoing a reduction in workforce. Today’s actions are part of this initiative. During this time, we stand by our commitment to our webOS customers and will work to ensure that support and service for customers are not adversely affected. HP is exploring ways to leverage webOS software."

The layoffs are yet another sign that webOS is nearing a full death.  

HP acquired the mobile operating system when in 
purchased Palm in April 2010 for $1.2B USD.  At first it continued to develop the operating system and release new hardware [1][2].  But with the arrival on new CEO Léo Apotheker, the company decided to ditch its family of mobile products.

pulled its TouchPad tablet after less than seven weeks on the market, to webOS fans' dismay.  While HP insists that it may still use webOS in other applications (such as printers), the prospects of webOS continuing to be a serious mobile device operating system look bleak given the staff cuts and internal reports that development on the platform is grinding to a halt.

HP recently announced plans to 
spin off its PC business, the Personal Systems Group (PSG). When that happens, there's a slim chance there could be a webOS revival.  Alternatively, the PSG (the HP unit responsible for mobile devices, personal computers, etc.) may opt to adopt a third party operating system, such as Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows Phone 7 or Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system.

A sale of webOS remains a possibility, as well, should a player like Google express enough interest.

Many shareholders are quite upset about HP's decision to kill webOS and spin off their PC business.  A consortium of top shareholders 
have filed suit and are seeking class action status, claiming Mr. Apotheker deceived shareholders by failing to disclose plans of the radical changes in advance.  As a result, the shareholders argue, HP's stock price was artificially inflated.

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The Future
By johnsmith9875 on 9/20/2011 9:39:34 AM , Rating: 2
Well if you had any hopes for your $99 Tablet's future, they've just been dashed.

Apotheker is just going to ride this flaming chariot all the way down, isn't he.

RE: The Future
By MozeeToby on 9/20/2011 10:00:33 AM , Rating: 2
It's a shame too, I actually really like WebOS, with a bit of polish and developer support it could rival iOS or Android easily. Maybe I should go make a Kickstarter project with the goal to raise money to buy out WebOS from HP and release it as OSS. Personally, I'd love to see some of the unique WebOS features ported into Android.

RE: The Future
By johnsmith9875 on 9/20/2011 10:19:32 AM , Rating: 2
What's sad is from this point it looks like HP will hold onto WebOS until it becomes an truly orphan product.

RE: The Future
By drycrust3 on 9/21/2011 9:02:16 AM , Rating: 2
I would expect that whatever they do it will result in a lower share price for HP than before and be a backward step for America.

RE: The Future
By retrospooty on 9/20/2011 10:45:55 AM , Rating: 3
"Personally, I'd love to see some of the unique WebOS features ported into Android."

Yup, the UI and multitasking interface is simply the best that has ever existed. It completely blows IOS and Android away. It was actually designed by the same dood who did IOS's UI. Palm hired him away from Apple. Its sort of his second version. After doing IOS, this is "How can we have done this better for a touch screen interface"

I dont really care about any company, or personalities... But I really hope someone at least adopts the UI and we see more of it, and things like it.

RE: The Future
By V-Money on 9/20/2011 12:44:49 PM , Rating: 3
I agree with the multitasking, but UI-wise I still prefer android. I have a nexus one and a pre 2 that I change out every now and then. I love both phones, but I still use my Nexus One as my primary phone because of widgets and the fact that you have to use homebrew software to change the Pre 2's notification alert and make the vibrate last longer than a blip. After missing approximately every text I've ever received on the Pre 2, I stopped using it as much. Other than that I thought it was a great phone and it plays nicely with my touchpad.

RE: The Future
By kleinma on 9/20/2011 1:11:04 PM , Rating: 3
It is good, but its not great. The card system gets a bit unruly once you have a bunch of things open, swiping 10 times to the left or right to get to that app you have open isn't exactly intuitive. If you have 3-4 things open, yes it works fine. They should have added in some sort of screen where all the open cards are lined up in columns and rows, making it easy to jump back to whatever app you want with a single gesture.

RE: The Future
By retrospooty on 9/20/2011 1:57:40 PM , Rating: 3
"They should have added in some sort of screen where all the open cards are lined up in columns and rows, making it easy to jump back to whatever app you want with a single gesture. "

They did. WebOS 2.0 has that. Well, 2.0 it has the ability to group the cards, like you would when playing 7 card stud poker or rummy. Really nice.

RE: The Future
By Makaveli on 9/20/2011 10:33:41 AM , Rating: 2
I'm hoping the ARM version of Windows 8 will work on the touchpad. If not i'm happy with WEB OS its in current state on the tablet for the price I paid, 32GB model which was $169 with a targus case.

RE: The Future
By ChronoReverse on 9/20/2011 11:51:01 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, this got me down a bit. =(

However, seeing this afterwards immediately lifted my spirits:

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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