HP has announced that they will be discontinuing their production, and support of webOS based tablets as well as phones. This decision was based on poor sales, and a recent spike in Apple's mobile PC market. In a recent press release HP stated the following:
As you can see the webOS TouchPad is no more. This was a double whammy for HP fans, and business professionals as they also announced that they are considering leaving the PC market. This may be even bigger news than the discontinuing of the webOS tablet.HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.
Although HP has been one of the leading providers of PC's it has struggled to justify the financial gain in keeping its PC'c producing side of th company. Recent reports have shown that Apple now has over 21% of the mobile PC market of course 80% of those devices were iPads.
As stated previously the even bigger news is that they are considering, and may even have made the decision to leave the pc market all together.In their official press release HP made the following statement:
HP leaving the pc market will have a signifigant impact purchasing PC's. It also leaves some unanswered questions like, who will pick up the slack? or who will HP sell their PSG division too?HP also reported that it plans to announce that its board of directors has authorized the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG). HP will consider a broad range of options that may include, among others, a full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction.