HP denies plans to shut down webOS
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In a report published earlier this week, The Guardian reported that a shutdown of HP’s webOS division was “imminent” according to internal HP sources. However, HP has been quick in responding to the rumors, and executive Todd Bradley refuted the reports in a recent interview.
In an interview with Bloomberg News, HP’s Executive Vice President of Personal Systems Group, Todd Bradley, commented on the future of webOS by saying that reports of the divisions closure are “unfounded rumors” and that HP is focusing on how to use the “phenomenal software and the phenomenal talent” in their business. Unfortunately, Bradley neglected to comment on exactly how HP would use the software division, but he did say that they would gather all the information and data before making “the right decision”.
WebOS was well reviewed and popular upon its introduction, but its future is in turmoil due to the TouchPad tablet’s discontinuation along with recent layoffs and the departure of high-level employees such as VP of worldwide developer relations, Richard Kerris. On the other hand, HP did recently release an update to the OS and if they do decide to shut the doors on the OS, numerous suitors may come calling.
Full video of the interview can be found in the links below, with the comments in question beginning at around 4:50.