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HP to Stop Manufacturing WebOS Based Tablets and Smartphones

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Hewlet Packard (HP) has announced that it is to stop manufacturing WebOS based smartphones and tablets, and is also looking to spin off its ongoing personal computer business.

In a brief comment in its main financial statement, the company stated simply that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. The company said that the devices have not met internal milestones and financial targets.

HP said will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward. One thing that has been ruled out is simply shutting down the smartphone OS platform entirely, and it was suggested by HP's Stephen DeWitt that the company would be open to licensing the software to other handset manufacturers.

The timing could be fortuitous for HP, as the Google bid to buy Motorola Mobility may encourage an existing Android handset manufacturer to seek an alternative platform for its own handsets.

The move marks the end though for HP's attempt to return the Palm OS back into the dominant smartphone OS that it was a few years ago, and an expensive attempt at that. HP paid USD1.2 billion for Palm just 18 months ago.

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