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.
Despite being cancelled by HP and knowing that there won’t be any future upgrades or support, with the price lowered to $99 to clear the remaining unsold stock the TouchPads have been flying off the shelves.
The reason the product wasn’t selling wasn’t the product itself, it’s just that it was priced too high. With a lower price, and even despite the fact that the product has been discontinued with no future support or upgrades, the $99 price point for a tablet has the things flying off the shelves. That has to be a marketing lesson for someone…
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.