It never really took off and was never termed as a game-changer or a revolutionary product by any of the hot-shot ‘specialists’, but HP’s webOS did have its fans. Some of the features of this operating system, particularly multitasking was highly praised, but that didn’t help boost up the sales of the devices it powered. And that’s why HP necessarily killed the OS when it discontinued its TouchPad tablet and the webOS-based smartphone line. But the company still supported the services related to the webOS as it wanted its customers to ‘have a richer user experience’ even after three years of webOS’ unofficial demise.
Well, the people at HP have now decided to kill webOS officially, and have announced that the Cloud Services related to the webOS will be sent to /dev/ null on January 15, 2015. Head over here to read the ‘FAQ’ announcement.
The company says that the user count has dwindled to the point where it is no longer viable for them to keep the services running. Maybe if they hadn’t been paying bribes all over the world, they’d still be having some money left for keeping an innovative product alive. Just saying, fellas.
According to HP, the webOS devices will continue to work without cloud services, though downloading of new apps or updates via the HP App Catalog will no longer be available.
Users won’t be able to backup or restore devices from the cloud, and lost passwords will no longer be available after the 15th of January.
webOS was developed by Palm in 2009, and went in the hands of the geniuses at HP with the acquisition of Palm in 2010.
Ever since the acquisition of Palm, HP kept on making numerous promising announcements related to the webOS such as how the company would use the OS as the universal platform for all its devices, or how the company would produce a webOS version which would run within Windows and will come bundled with all HP computers.
But the majority of those announcements never materialized. Even the ones that did, their result was nothing more than discouraging and ultimately forced the company to get rid of the webOS which had become more of a liability than a dough-generating product.
The tale of webOS is another reminder for all those innovators who sell their promising product to the big money that their product, if can’t be integrated with the buyer’s existing products even though it is brilliant, will eventually be brutally murdered.