Ruling the mobile platform market currently include software such as Google’s Android powered a plethora of different devices and Apple’s iOS powering the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Due to the massive market share of these two platforms it’s very hard for competitors to make any sort of progress but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been trying. Microsoft is looking to make a splash with Windows Phone 7 which does seem promising thanks to a high profile deal with Nokia.
HP, on the other hand, isn’t having such a good time. Hopes for their webOS mobile platform were high when Palm originally debuted said platform due to its unique ability to multitask and otherwise provide for a pleasant user experience. Things quickly went south for Palm and they were forced to be absorbed by HP. In the process hopes were renewed as consumers believed a company as big as HP couldn’t fail even in the highly competitive mobile platform market. Add to that the future release of the HP TouchPad (webOS’ tablet debut) and it’s easy to see why so many were excited.
Flash forward to today and webOS is on life support to say the least. The TouchPad has been discontinued, there will be no more HP manufactured webOS devices and we just frankly aren’t sure if the platform will even exist this time next year. However, if recent reports are to be believed, it seems that we may soon know where webOS will stand in the coming months or years.
According to these reports HP is said to be holding a meeting tonight where they will discuss what to do with HP. Of course we can’t say for sure what will happen but rumors are suggesting that the company may be looking to sell it off entirely. If this meeting does go down, expect an official announcement regarding the future of webOS at some point in the near future. Stay tuned and let’s all hope for the best as it would be sad to see a top notch platform like webOS bite the dust completely.