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HP chief stalls webOS decision three to four weeks

updated 08:10 pm EST, Tue November 8, 2011

HP puts back webOS fate another month

HP's webOS decision meeting has led to a delay. New slips from the all-hands meeting to The Verge had CEO Meg Whitman saying that a final decision would come in three to four weeks. She saw the decision as an all-or-nothing proposition, where it might do little with webOS or commit to it in a "very significant way over a multi-year period," according to an account of the meeting.

"It's really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision," Whitman reportedly said.

The decision backtracks slightly from HP's promises to move faster on decisions than Apotheker, who was forced out partly for giving too long a timeframe to decide on the PC group and possibly throwing it into jeopardy. It may still give hope to the webOS team by suggesting that any commitment would lead to a fully revitalized group rather than one limited just to niche uses like printers and dual-boot PC environments.

It may be the first sign of a renewed attack on the mobile space. Under Hurd and later Apotheker, the webOS group got autonomy but also didn't get as much of the marketing and resource support many expected. The decision led to phones and tablets that arrived late or not at all, often without improvements in build quality beyond what Palm would have made before it was bought out.

by MacNN Staff



  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They are making decisions faster...

    They are just all over the place at the moment. Decide one thing one day and another thing another day.

  1. rickmiester

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hope WebOS has another chance

    I really hope WebOS gets another chance. Now that Steve is gone cracks are starting to form at Apple not to mention RIM. Top Apple execs are either leaving or getting huge financial bonuses which must be motivating to the Apple engineers who I can assume worked very hard under Steve. As an Apple user I've seen strange things in iOS on my iPhone and OSX Lion that would not have passed the Steve review.

    WebOS has a chance if they just focus on functions that are useful. Apple is all about being pretty for the masses over usefulness. For example the Apple Notes app doesn't have categories to organize notes, the calendar can't do repeats like the 1st Wed of each month and the calendar summary just shows dots. Apple only just included a todo app which can't even prioritize tasks. Basic stuff my Palm m100 of 10 years ago could do.

    Android is the Microsoft of the mobile space running into the same issues Microsoft did supporting 3rd party hardware. HP has the potential of the Apple advantage of keeping the devices in house to prevent what is happening to Android.

    And RIM is losing the plot leaving many business people looking for their next device they can actually use for business.

    Now is a good a time as any to take on the mobile space. There is a space out there for smarter people who use their devices to be productive.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HP began with a calculator...

    and may end in the hands of a procrastinator.

  1. Miniryu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hope webOS can live on

    I love my Apple products: iPad, MacBook AIR and G5 tower, but I really want to keep using webOS on my phone. The OS has received relatively little development since it's initial release and it's STILL slick enough to compete with iOS and Android. I use all 3 moble OS's, and I like webOS the best. They don't have to be #1, I just want them to see them survive.

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