WebOS still coming to PCs

The flagship webOS tablet may be out, but the operating system is far from over
Allen Ngo,

HP isn’t throwing in the towel just yet.

In an interview with AllThingsD, webOS leader Stephen DeWitt proclaimed that there is still life in the webOS platform even after the demise of the TouchPad tablet. In fact, HP may actually continue its original plan to expand the platform to non-mobile devices such as PCs and printers. “We’ve had a number of discussions and there’s a lot of interest around webOS,” said DeWitt.

He also hinted at a version of webOS for Windows, but did not specify exactly when that would arrive to market.

At the end of the day, webOS is going to be a popular platform on a variety of connected devices,” admitted DeWitt.

Unfortunately, HP is still uncertain with how to proceed with their ailing mobile operating system. According to DeWitt, the company is still evaluating if they should license the software, partner up with a single company, or simply apply webOS to devices outside of phones and tablets where the market isn’t just about iOS and Android. 

HP dropped the TouchPad hardware last week, which lead to a fire sale of $99 TouchPads during the weekend. Early adopters of the tablet may have the option to demand a full refund.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-08-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.