After HP bought Palm and promised to ‘double down’ on webOS usage across HP products from printers to PCs, it really went no-where after it’s too expensive TouchPad failed to sell.
LG announced this morning that it is buying all webOS assets from HP, with plans to use the OS in it’s new TVs. Interesting move, and looks like webOS may have another chance yet.
It’s sad when a company or their products fail because inevitably it means it’s the end of the road for a legacy of other products that were developed along the way. Since HP bought Palm and their PalmOS successor, WebOS, their decision to end development in WebOS and WebOS products means the end of the road for the evolution of Palm too.
That’s sad because PalmOS based products were years ahead of anyone else at the time, and made the PDA and crossover PDA to smartphone market viable (who uses the term PDA anymore?).
I had a number of Palm devices, starting from a US Robotics Palm Pilot, a Palm Pilot III, Palm V, and a Palm VII – for their time they were awesome devices.