R.I.P. webOS (Again)

Hewlett-Packard Said to Be Seeking to Sell Mobile Patents

Whitman initially turned WebOS, designed for smartphones and tablets, into an open-source software project and rebranded it as a wholly-owned subsidiary called Gram. She sold the operating system’s code to LG Electronics Inc. (066570) earlier this year.

Hewlett-Packard retained WebOS’s patents under that deal and licensed them to LG. The agreement would be unlikely to encumber Hewlett-Packard’s ability to sell its WebOS patents, one of the people with knowledge of the sales process said.

Will Apple and Google team up again to buy this portfolio, as they’ve teamed up in the past?

Or will Apple, already using a Card-like UI in iOS 7, grab them alone?

I was right to move on from webOS.

It’s clear that it’s dead. Even LG seems to have abandoned its webOS plans, with the rumor of them doing devices based on Google’s Chrome OS.

It’s dead, Jim.

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2 responses to “R.I.P. webOS (Again)

  1. I have the feeling that we are in a period of time where introducing a new OS and making it stick is extremely difficult. The market has thinned down to a handful of strong players (iOS, Android, Windows 8 …) and app developers are going where the money is – mostly iOS and Android. With a strong app ecosystem, an OS has little chance of mass adoption now.

    This is similar to Charlie Stross’ rant about Word. The word processing market went from great innovation in its formative years, with really different word processors and complementary software (spell and grammar checkers, etc) competing for users, to one very dominant word processor.

    Consumers go mostly to the two biggest systems (iOS, Android) because they believe they will get what they want there: lots of choice in apps. Windows 8 can’t (yet?) compete on apps, so it is in catch-up mode and may not succeed. Brand X OS has no real chance, no matter how awesome it is.

    I miss the Wild West software days of the 1980s!

    • mikecane

      >>>I miss the Wild West software days of the 1980s!

      Ah, all the choice back then! With magazines filled with ads. It seems like there was more software then than now, even with 1,000,000 iOS apps.

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