I am a webOS developer - I just got an email that I wanted to share with you all - maybe shed some light on the recent announcement from HP:
Dear webOS developer:
We have opened the next chapter for webOS, and we understand that you must have many questions. Yesterday we announced that we will focus on the future of webOS as a software platform but we will no longer be producing webOS devices. While this was a difficult decision, it's one that will strengthen our ability to focus on further innovating with webOS as we forge our path forward. Throughout this journey, our developers will continue to be a vital part of the future of webOS.
We will continue to support, innovate and develop the webOS App Catalog. Our intent is to enhance our merchandising and presentation of your great products and to continue to build our webOS app ecosystem.
As many of you are aware, we are currently scheduled to hold many developer events around the world. We are planning to continue with these events, however, due to the recent announcements; the nature of them will change. These updates will be posted on our events registration site this coming week. We are eager to present to you the updated strategy for webOS and to hear your feedback.
Lastly, I wish to express our sincere appreciation for your ongoing support for webOS and the many teams responsible for it here at HP. This is a particularly dynamic time in the mobile industry and sometimes tough decisions need to be made about not only what to do, but also what not to do. This has been one of those times. Together with our great webOS developer community, we are confident that we will meet the challenges ahead and build momentum for optimal success.
We will be communicating with you frequently over the next few weeks and we look forward to hearing from you throughout this process.
Thanks for your support
Sadly that email you got from HP really doesn't say anything.
The biggest problem for me, as a webOS end user, is not the older, no longer updated version of the OS I'm forced to use on my hardware, nor it it a lack of third party software, but the fact that my smartphone is is physically on it's last legs.
My Palm Pre has had a good life, but has been used hard - and it shows. It's on it's second battery, it has several cracks held together with industrial adhesives, and what I need is new hardware to replace my Sprint Pre.
That is exactly what HP has decided to discontinue, to cut us off from.
If there is no new smartphone hardware available to me, it matters not how great the software is, I can't use it.
Take care, Bea,
P.S. I got the same email from HP, Bea...
Here is a decent article based on fact rather than mere rumor or anger:
Worth reading for those of use concerned with webOS, especially if we are hoping we see it again on a smartphone.
If it happens, it will likely be a year away - or more - I hope my original Pre can survive that long (I don't think it will).