August 18, 2011
It’s official, HP is dropping WebOS. It was a beautiful OS while it lasted, in many aspects it rivaled the iPhone.
Financially speaking, Elevation Partners may have made the right decision selling to HP, but for consumers, they clearly sold to the wrong partner. If Google had picked up WebOS, maybe Android would have a nicer look to it.
I still remember a meeting with the design team at Palm right before they launched WebOS. It was a spectacular team, picked from all the best companies in Silicon Valley. Sharp, confident people who knew how to build a mobile interface that really worked for people. It felt like a product from the early days of Palm, revolutionary user experience.