Yes yes, the evidence points to the contrary. I know, having the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company currently sitting at the top of the consumer computing industry declare that a very valuable asset they just bought out for $1.2 billion the other day is now going to be trashed is pretty much the nail in the coffin for most people. I, on the other hand, haven’t been able to snag an HP Touchpad for $100 and firmly believe that WeboS will stay alive and HP is just pulling your socks.
Let’s rewind to the beginning in April last year, when HP had just bought the defunct Palm OS and announced that they would be re-entering the mobile and tablet market with a new product line that would knock the socks off iOS and the then-unfinished Windows Phone. HP bought out Treo and Handspring for pocket change, and everyone everywhere began to expect good things. Fast-forward to MWC 2011 in February, the ill-fated month for Nokia’s Symbian OS, and WebOS shone like a brightly polished gem. The UI was well-thought out, worked smoothly, showed promise and above all enabled users to switch comfortably between the Touchpad and HP’s companion devices, the HP Veer and Pre 3, both stunning handsets in their own right and the Veer in particular a definate inspiration for the HTC Cha Cha.