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HP will not license WebOS to rival smartphone and tablet vendors, the head of the company's PCs and gadgets division has said. Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference yesterday, Todd Bradley, executive VP of HP’s Personal Systems Group, emphatically said the company will not make the operating system, acquired when HP …


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  1. PushF12

    HP is irrelevant, Palm is irrelevant

    HP is a mausoleum for innovation. Palm will be embalmed, put on display, and forgotten by the regular consumer. WebOS products will smell vaguely of yeast and dirty underwear.

    Anything that people carry with them, like a purse or cellphone, will always be subject to fashion. HP is the anti-sexy.

    I think that most of HP's business is grandma giving the wrong gift to the kids because her classic LaserJet still works and she doesn't know any better. Same goes for geriatric IT managers.

  2. Daniel B.

    Palm's mistake...

    It wasn't the OS licensing, it was splitting off PalmSource and then have PalmSource to sit on the OS instead fo updating it. Then some genius decided to switch the Palm handsets to WinMo ... and the Palm devices became "just another WinMo device". webOS came out too late to save 'em.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Halo

    Agree with PushF12

    Well, HP is still relevant but Palm is dead as a dodo. WebOS is dead too. Who in their right mind is going to target WebOS platform when Android is the rising star. The main players will be iOS, Android and WP7. Blackberry is increasing becoming less relevant.

  4. Giles Jones Gold badge

    Nice OS but won't be around long

    I think as nice as WebOS is, there's just way too much competition out there and the phones WebOS is on now aren't good enough.

    HP have a massive uphill struggle ahead.

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