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RIP TouchPad, Pre: HP Confirms WebOS Division Lay-offs

By - Source: AllThingsD | B 18 comments

This shouldn't come as a surprise.

HP's webOS division is having a tough time as of late. The company recently announced that it was axing its TouchPad and Pre line of tablets and smartphones and sold off all remaining stock in a huge fire sale. Since then, the future of webOS remains unclear. While HP said it would continue to develop webOS, it admitted that it was stopping development on webOS hardware. Today, HP confirmed that it's trimming the fat in the webOS division.

"As communicated on August 18, HP will discontinue the development of webOS devices within the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ends Oct. 31, 2011," the company told AllThingsD today. "As part of this decision, the webOS GBU is undergoing a reduction in workforce. Today’s actions are part of this initiative. During this time, we stand by our commitment to our webOS customers and will work to ensure that support and service for customers are not adversely affected. HP is exploring ways to leverage webOS software."

HP has not specified how many people will lose their jobs but the number is rumored to be somewhere in the region of 500 people. AllThingsDigital cites sources close to the situation that say HP is preparing to lay off 525 people. HP has one final production run on TouchPads before it discontinues the development of webOS devices and winds down device operations within its fourth fiscal quarter.

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    captaincharisma , September 21, 2011 2:30 AM
    i think everyone knew this would happen. especially after the firesale there was word that someone was trying to get android on the touchpad.
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    southernshark , September 21, 2011 2:41 AM
    hp claimed earlier that this would not be the end of their tablet business, but clearly that was a lie, thrown out just to slow the decline in their stock value, which is headed fast to the single digits.
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    law shay , September 21, 2011 3:15 AM
    end of fourth quarter is Oct 31 ?
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    megamanx00 , September 21, 2011 3:33 AM
    Doh
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    alidan , September 21, 2011 4:30 AM
    southernsharkhp claimed earlier that this would not be the end of their tablet business, but clearly that was a lie, thrown out just to slow the decline in their stock value, which is headed fast to the single digits.


    the end of their own os on a tablet, yes, end of tablet altogether, not yet.
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    michaelahess , September 21, 2011 5:39 AM
    law shayend of fourth quarter is Oct 31 ?


    Fiscal years for business' very commonly don't start and stop at the beggining/end of the year.
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    allensays , September 21, 2011 5:47 AM
    I'm sure this is the result of incompetent supervisors that could care less what the peasants under them had ideas about that could of made this OS something more.
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    ridewya , September 21, 2011 8:59 AM
    Lol dumb ass hp never do anything right, thts wht happen when these mofos CEO just care for their big chunk salary, multi million dollar homes and dont give rats about their company, hp should learn more from apple or those japanese car maker, dedication, integrity, innovation and sense of belonging to heir company
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    eddieroolz , September 21, 2011 12:11 PM
    Hopefully many will find new homes at Google, Apple or Microsoft.
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    g00fysmiley , September 21, 2011 12:53 PM
    southernsharkhp claimed earlier that this would not be the end of their tablet business, but clearly that was a lie, thrown out just to slow the decline in their stock value, which is headed fast to the single digits.


    They still make tablets, just go to newegg and see for yourself the slate are still listed though quite expensive, they simply cut off WebOS ... sad for me as I loved WebOS and still use my pre, and I couldn't ge tone of the hp touchpads at the firesale price (hoping to in the email group though)
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    iamboristhespider , September 21, 2011 1:24 PM
    Stick to PCs HP...
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    legacy7955 , September 21, 2011 4:17 PM
    ridewyaLol dumb butt hp never do anything right, thts wht happen when these jerk CEOs just care for their big chunk salary, multi million dollar homes and dont give rats about their company, hp should learn more from apple or those japanese car maker, dedication, integrity, innovation and sense of belonging to heir company


    Absolutely Leo "the loser" lion Apotheker is a PRIME example of how it is OBVIOUS that these elites DO NOT get their job because they have the qualifications or ability, but through connections.
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    user_ace , September 21, 2011 4:58 PM
    Personally I don't care much for WebOS, to me it's just another casualty in an iPad dominated market... although things will get very interesting once Windows 8 Tablets begin their assault
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    belardo , September 21, 2011 6:35 PM
    I think HP is going to die... somewhat. Maybe get back to just doing printers.

    I kind of hope so. I have no faith in HP, not their desktops, NOT their servers, not their support and not their ability to innovate or do business.

    HP..... die.
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    belardo , September 21, 2011 6:45 PM
    I guess HP's plan to put WebOS onto all their devices; Desktops, notebooks, netbooks, printers, scanners, what-nots... is a no go.

    They write off the loss in their taxes.
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    ridewya , September 22, 2011 3:16 AM
    belardoI guess HP's plan to put WebOS onto all their devices; Desktops, notebooks, netbooks, printers, scanners, what-nots... is a no go.They write off the loss in their taxes.


    I hope so too let the company tht trully care about their products and their company stay alive, the other one is toshiba, their tablet is so shitty with their ugly ass screen and their 1980s laptop design. When are these naty companies gonna wake up tht there are so many competition out there and if they want to survive, they need to listen and learn...fast from the market and their consumers and not cutting corners
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    belardo , September 22, 2011 4:14 AM
    ?? The Toshiba Thrive? I dunno... it looks fine to me. I constantly see posts flaming iPads for lack of ports (it only has 1) - Thrive has HDMI, USB, mini-USB. A replaceable back cover (choose your style) and removable battery. Its a bit thick, but that tends to happen when you want more "flexibility". It should do about as well as any other $480~500 Android tablet.

    We really didn't have much in a way of laptops in the 80s... only near the very end did we see things like the Mac Portable, which was about 17 lbs, very limited battery power. Or maybe a GRID with a very narrow screen...

    I own an iPad... I like it, I don't use it everyday. But when I want to look something up and I don't want to wait about 30~45 seconds for my quad core Windows7 computer to boot up... I can power up the iPad and be on the internet in a second or two.

    THAT is why people like tablets.

    The 16:9 screens are fine for wide-screen movies, for anything else - they suck. That a major reason I will most likely go with an iPad3 before going with a ThinkPad tablet.
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    ridewya , September 22, 2011 5:42 AM
    Take a close look at the screen it has lines just like acer iconia, they use lower end screen