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Apparently you can't run your operating system into the ground and expect a full refund

How much does Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) think its leftovers are worth?  Apparently $1.2B USD, according to VentureBeat.

HP allegedly in mid-2011 asked various parties if they were willing to pay it $1.2B USD for the remains of webOS/Palm.  That's a pretty gutsy move given that HP paid $1.2B USD for Palm in 2010.

Considering that defunct CEO Léo Apotheker and HP's sage board then proceeded to run webOS into the ground, finally terminating its product lineup and cleaning house of both the engineering staff and pro-webOS managers, that's a pretty ambitious figure to be floating, to say the least.  This is hardly atypical thinking at HP of late, though -- consider this is the company that seriously considered cutting out the heart of its business -- consumer PCs -- and only reconsidered after being smacked with shareholder class action lawsuits and public outcry.

Palm RIP
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Sadly HP appears to have been smacked hard with reality.  Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930) -- thought to be one of the potential buyers HP approached -- laughed at the prospect of such a sale insisting it would never buy webOS.  Well, it would certainly never buy it at $1.2B USD -- that's for sure.

HP's recent woes have few parallels in the technology industry, but are at least remarkably similar to those of Research in Motion, Ltd.'s (TSE:RIM) and its flaccid executive squad.  Both companies were once remarkably profitable, but have seen a veritable train wreck of recent events and have struggled as shareholders blasted them for drooping profits.

Recent reports indicated that HP might end up getting nothing for webOS, opting instead to offer the legacy ultra-mobile OS as open source software.  But other reports quote HP's new CEO Meg Whitman as saying that HP "could" launch new webOS tablets in 2013.

Sources: VentureBeat, TechCrunch

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By JasonMick on 12/29/2011 6:44:08 PM , Rating: 2
For the most part I find the touchpad to be slow and unresponsive. It was released near the same time as the iPad 2, for around the same price, and was no where as usable. The hardware is heavy and clunky. I don't hate it, but that is because I paid 99 bucks for it. I would never have wanted to pay anything more. It was just a half assed attempt to release something to compete with the iPad. It is really no wonder there is little competition in the tablet space. These mfgrs just put out "me too but not so much" devices that are pretty much crap. I am not an apple fan, and don't want an iPad, but it is the clear market leader because everyone else (except maybe samsung) is putting out pure crap at the same price as the good stuff. WebOS has a few nice features that set it apart, but finger flicking multitasking is only worth so much...

The UI had some novel features like the card multi-tasking selector and dismissal, but I generally agree with you.

If you do a fair amount of modding with preware, you can get it pretty nice, but as far as out of the box experience, it's worth about what you and I paid for it -- $99 (or actually mine was a bit less with extra discount).

I have to say, too, the app selection -- particularly with free apps -- is horrible. I literally downloaded every free game in their app store that looked decent, and I don't have that many games. Hard to really enjoy a tablet when it has hardly any apps. (And yes, I literally went through EVERY free app in fact, in one sitting, which says something sad about their app selection...)

By ChronoReverse on 12/29/2011 6:56:02 PM , Rating: 2
Even with all the tweaks the experience is very marginal. The web browser, for instance, allows you to open pages in a new card but it wouldn't actually load until you've switched to it (negating the whole point). It also doesn't help that it's broken on many common sites (like gmail and hotmail) back when I was still using WebOS.

Even the vaunted card multi-tasking is pretty much just bling-bling when it comes down to efficiency. Task Changer in Android allows me to "alt-tab" with a single gesture which is more efficient that the swipes in WebOS in a 2 app situation. Cards also get unwieldy if you have several open which means the long-press Home icon view of Android is also more efficient.

By Samus on 12/30/2011 2:02:32 AM , Rating: 2
I got the 32GB for $150. I would have paid $250 knowing what I know now and how much I use it, but at the time, I agree the out of box experience of WebOS on the TouchPad (and my Veer) were terrible. Slow, unresponsive, no UI customization, etc. Preware fixes all of that, but in the end, there are still very few apps because HP bailed on the thing literally while continuing to sign up developers.

By retrospooty on 12/30/2011 7:16:33 AM , Rating: 2
"but finger flicking multitasking is only worth so much... "

Ya, agreed, on the touchpad. It's alot more useful on a phone, where you can hold it with one hand and easily flip between tasks with the other. There is no substiture for having one hand free =)

By rs2 on 12/30/2011 9:35:31 AM , Rating: 2
I have to say, too, the app selection -- particularly with free apps -- is horrible.

Gee, I'm sorry those *free* apps weren't to your liking. I suppose you could have always tried the paid ones. But no, that supports the idea that software developers should actually be compensated for the effort they put into coding all those apps.

And we can't have that, can we? It's the developers' job to spend their time providing you with free entertainment while expecting nothing in return, no?

Better yet, if you feel the existing set of free apps is not to your liking, why not make your own free app? I mean, it can't be that hard to do, right? All those developers with the "horrible" free apps must just have no idea what they're doing.

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