WebOS, a collateral damage

HP announced a few days ago a “company transformation” designed to refocus on “higher-value, higher-margin growth categories”, “Exploring strategic alternatives for Personal Systems Group; shutting down operations for webOS devices and exploring strategic alternatives for webOS software”.

WebOS devices will be discontinued: the Pre, Pixi and other Veer phones as well as the TouchPad tablet.

HP TouchPad ad

HP TouchPad ad

Focusing now on Software and Services for Enterprises, WebOS devices and WebOS software are collateral damage of HP’s decision to get rid of its PC business. PC and hardware business in general are low margin / high volumes businesses.

HP seems to follow IBM’s path, but what is really puzzling is that HP is the number one PC manufacturer in the world.

Samsung may be the one interested in acquiring webOS. As Google has acquired Motorola, Samsung needs to review its dependency on Android. Samsung has to strengthen its OS proposition and build an integrated approach to compete with Apple and RIM. Bada OS was a good start but not as good as webOS. WebOs a collateral damage for HP and a good opportunity for Samsung? 


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