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Move is the latest step in webOS's painful death march

If webOS fans are to be believed, Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) is killing a good thing.  

While never achieving mainstream sales success on the magnitude of its competitors, webOS did generate a great deal of enthusiasm for its slick multitasking and other forward-thinking features.  But HP pulled the plug on all webOS hardware in August.  A leadership change with ex-eBay, Inc. (EBAY) CEO Meg Whitman replacing embattled CEO Léo Apotheker did nothing to reverse this process.  And HP's layoffs of the webOS team have decimated the beloved OS's prospects.

Now webOS may have been dealt its final deathblow.  HP Chief Strategy Officer Shane Robinson was reportedly the sole party to object to killing webOS entirely after HP decided to kill the device lineup.  He argued to hang onto webOS and continue some development to keep the door open for future opportunities.

But on Thursday HP announced that Mr. Robinson was about to retire after eleven years with the company.  With Mr. Robinson's depart on November 1, the last major support of webOS will vanish, paving the way for HP to bury the technology for good.

Shane Robinson
Shane Robinson was webOS's last lion.  Now he's retiring. [Source: NAB 2007]

In its press release, HP praised Mr. Robinson's accomplishments, commenting:

In his role, he was responsible for shaping HP's corporate strategy and technology agenda.  He was instrumental in steering the company's multibillion-dollar research and development investment and has led many of the company's largest merger and acquisition activities.

New CEO Meg Whitman called Mr. Robinson a powerful innovator, but said that his position would not be filled.  Instead it will be dissolved in what HP claims is "an effort to drive strategy, research and development closer to the company's businesses."

As for webOS, as they say, "it's not over till the fat lady sings", but with Mr. Robinson out of the picture at HP, it looks like that lady has started her warmups for the final act.

Source: HP



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That's too bad I've moved on already
By ChronoReverse on 10/21/2011 1:15:29 PM , Rating: 0
The alpha build of CyanogenMod 7.1 already provides an overall better experience than WebOS ever did.

It's pretty telling when Android has smoother transitions that WebOS is still extremely unpolished.

About the only thing I miss from WebOS is the triple paned unified inbox email client. Even the card interface, while pretty slick, ultimately isn't actually more efficient.




RE: That's too bad I've moved on already
By retrospooty on 10/21/2011 1:28:47 PM , Rating: 2
WebOS had alot of great stuff, but the multitasking UI was the best. If Ice Cream sammy, even comes close I am a happy camper. I dont give a crap about any particular company, or who is sueing who... whoever uses that type of UI best will get my $$$ for the next phone.


RE: That's too bad I've moved on already
By kleinma on 10/21/2011 4:15:53 PM , Rating: 2
I have a touchpad from the firesale they had, and I do like the multitasking, but its not super awesome or anything, it is just "better" than what is available on iOS/android, which really doesn't say much.

If you only have 2-3 things open, then the multitasking is not so bad, but if you have several things open, you have to scroll through a long list to get between things. A better thing would be once you have something like 6 programs open, it should tile them in a 6x6 or 8x8 matrix, and make it easier to click on the app you want to get back to.


By Diesel Donkey on 10/21/2011 5:46:53 PM , Rating: 3
You can put open cards into stacks.


By retrospooty on 10/22/2011 11:00:12 AM , Rating: 2
"If you only have 2-3 things open, then the multitasking is not so bad, but if you have several things open, you have to scroll through a long list to get between things. A better thing would be once you have something like 6 programs open, it should tile them in a 6x6 or 8x8 matrix, and make it easier to click on the app you want to get back to. "

It has that... Just touch and hold a task window and it shrinks all open task windows to expose all and you can switch to whatever one. Its not perfect, but its the best I have seen... As ChronoReverse posted below... Its not the multitasking, its the switching between open tasks that matters. Any OS can multitask, but they are PITA to deal with.


By Mitch101 on 10/21/2011 1:29:03 PM , Rating: 2
By stburke on 10/21/2011 2:08:30 PM , Rating: 2
while I can't speak of the alpha build yet I can say I've become quite a fanboy of webOS over the past month. With the most recent update and overclocking it to 1.5 GHz its a great and very fluid experience. The only really lackluster part, imo is the sparse number of decent touchpad apps and build quality. I sent my touchpad in for service to fix cracks near the speakers, which took about a week and now there's more forming.

Its a bit disappointing that such a good mobile os is having such a long and painful death but when the hardware was always several steps behind its difficult to penetrate the market. Now there's just no room unless you're a juggernaut like Amazon. Hint.


RE: That's too bad I've moved on already
By KingofL337 on 10/21/2011 3:30:48 PM , Rating: 2
WebOS has a way better interface then Android, I have 7.1 installed on my touchpad and it's so clunky. I also tried Android on phones and its also clunky. Infact the 2.3.3 update broke Exchange support on a bunch of droids we have here at work. The interface is so scattered, if you aren't tech savvy Android is a challenge. WebOS is smart, simple and intuitive. Google would be very smart to buy WebOS and replace the Android UI with WebOS.

The only thing Android has on WebOS is the Marketplace.


RE: That's too bad I've moved on already
By Chadder007 on 10/21/2011 3:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, working with all of the mobile OS's so far only WebOS has been the most intuitive. The fluidness of the GUI is helped a lot by the latest update released just this last week. iOS just feels so dated now and Android is indeed...clunky. Windows phone is very nice also, but you can't get to some things as quickly.


RE: That's too bad I've moved on already
By ChronoReverse on 10/21/2011 5:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
Eh, if anything, WebOS is clunky (but pretty). It's easy to say it's intuitive once you've been shown how it works but every single person I've let try it didn't figure out the card closing thing.

They would be able to switch between tasks but once you have more than 3-4, it's extremely unwieldy. Even Stacks aren't that great when there's no quick way to expand the stack to see what's under the top one.

What every single mobile OS really needs is an "alt-tab" equivalent that lets you switch between two apps with a single action. This alone is far more useful than whatever fancy "multi-tasking" scheme that people seem to think is what multi-tasking is.


RE: That's too bad I've moved on already
By Diesel Donkey on 10/21/2011 5:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
What every single mobile OS really needs is an "alt-tab" equivalent that lets you switch between two apps with a single action. This alone is far more useful than whatever fancy "multi-tasking" scheme that people seem to think is what multi-tasking is.

Funny you should mention that! I do this in webOS all the time. It's called the Advanced Gesture (it's a swipe across the full width of the gesture area), and it's one of the things I'll miss most when I get a Galaxy Nexus and put my Pre 2 in my desk drawer next to my Pre Plus.


By ChronoReverse on 10/21/2011 7:23:18 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad the gesture area doesn't exist in the Touchpad.

At least with a dedicated back button it's not too bad to go back to a previous app but I'm hoping the Galaxy Nexus' Task button will have an option to function like alt-tab


RE: That's too bad I've moved on already
By Gungel on 10/22/2011 9:08:45 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft should buy WebOS and take the best parts from it and integrate it into Win8 and WP8.


By retrospooty on 10/22/2011 11:02:12 AM , Rating: 2
That would be cool by me, I dont care who buys it or who implements it, just give it to me!!!

I cant wait to see Ice Cream Sammy to see how it does it, since its at least there as an announced product available soon.


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