updated 07:40 pm EDT, Sat October 29, 2011
HP PSG head says webOS group very much alive
HP's Personal Systems Group head Todd Bradley in an interview (auto-playing video below) shot down rumors the company would end its webOS division entirely. The executive told Bloomberg it was an "unfounded rumor" and that the company was swinging its evaluation to the OS after deciding to keep PCs. There was "phenomenal software and phenomenal talent" that just needed to be put to the right purposes, he said.
What that involved wasn't mentioned. HP has so far ruled out a return to webOS mobile hardware. Previously, HP has talked of dual-booting PCs with webOS and putting into printers and other embedded devices.
The PC veteran hasn't entirely ruled out the prospects of selling off the division. Most companies rumored to be considering buying webOS have either declined any comment or actively refuted it. Sony Ericsson has left the possibility open to help give it an alternative to Android.
The platform was once supposed to be the direct rival to the iPhone and launched with fanfare through the Palm Pre. Build quality and difficulty competing in pure features let Apple and later Google keep the lead. [via SAI]