First the PC business, perhaps the TouchPad is next in the revival line

First the PC business, perhaps the TouchPad is next in the revival line

Summary: Now that HP is officially keeping its PC division in the company, maybe the TouchPad is next in the revival line.

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Updated: The web is reverberating with news from HP today that is will keep its PC division. The official release from HP makes it clear it will stay behind the Personal Systems Group (PSG):

“HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”

HP had previously stated it was considering spinning off the PSG, so it's not accurate to call this decision a flip-flop. That's a natural response to today's announcement, though, as it is highly unusual for any company to publicly state it is considering getting rid of a major part of its business.

Now that the fate of the PC division is safely decided, is it possible that HP might reconsider its untimely execution of the TouchPad tablet? Recent rumors have stated the company is testing Windows 8 on TouchPad hardware, and while that doesn't mean anything it raises the revival possibility given today's announcement.

Should HP revive the TouchPad, a device that has proven popular since selling an estimated million of them at clearance bin pricing, the big question is can they be sold at a profit? The $99 fire sale price is obviously not viable, but how high can HP go and still sell lots of TouchPads?

I am still enjoying my TouchPad, and find it to be the best tablet I have used. That and five bucks will get you a latte, so no telling what HP might do. Chances are they will do nothing with the TouchPad, although it doesn't sound like shopping around the webOS platform has gained them any lattes either.

Update: During the Q&A on the press call with this annoucement, Whitman stated that HP will indeed make tablets, but running Windows 8. She went on to state the company had not decided what to do with webOS, but would decide in a couple of months. I am not feeling the commitment from HP at this point.

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  • RE: First the PC business, perhaps the TouchPad is next in the revival line

    I doubt HP will revive a product that's been canned - no company has ever done that. On the other hand, they may very well go forward with WebOS hardware development under PSG and throw out new devices, say a 7 inch...
    lgpOnTheMove
    • RE: First the PC business, perhaps the TouchPad is next in the revival line

      @lgpOnTheMove
      I wonder if it depends on how much better/worse Win 8 runs on a TouchPad compared to webOS. If Win 8 runs significantly better on the same hardware, then perhaps the TouchPad will be resurrected.
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        @Habiloso With a whimper, HP announced late yesterday that it has no more Touchpads in its online pipeline. After promising to attempt to meet demand after the sell-off, the Company apparently made just enough for its employees. Some more are going to Best Buy - but only if you agree to buy a computer. So, those of us who held off buying other tablets have been misled for months. I may never buy another HP product.
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  • RE: First the PC business, perhaps the TouchPad is next in the revival line

    WebOS is a lost cause.

    Sorry, James. You fought the good fight and you kept your honor intact.

    But Win 8 will prove to be a far superior tablet OS that will have a far greater ecosystem than WebOS with their teenage "Chief" app developer could possible hope to create.
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  • RE: First the PC business, perhaps the TouchPad is next in the revival line

    They had a bidding process, I seriously doubt this will see another run at HP...

    Also, Ice Cream Sandwich pretty much does everything WebOS does so I think it will look like an also ran if they try to push it through now.
    slickjim
    • Killer tablet if they put ICS on it.....

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      I would buy one of these in a second if it would come with Ice Cream Sandwich on it. The Win8 Play School interface would bury the tablet permanently.
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  • RE: First the PC business, perhaps the TouchPad is next in the revival line

    Saved by Win 8 obviously.
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  • There is no price point for a webos based touchpad that makes sense

    for both consumers and HP. They sold because the clearance price was sweet for the hardware, not because of webos. At non clearance prices no one wants a webos product. Done. End of story. Everyone rushed to scoop up the tablet hw in hopes of eventually getting it running android or W8. All that said yes HP can make heaping piles of money if they refine it and plop W8 on there. This prospect alone is probably what kept PSG in the family.
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  • Touchpad - Windows 8, Android and WebOS

    I don't think there is any product with this flexibility.
    WebOS should not be killed - it is clearly too good to waste.
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  • RE: First the PC business, perhaps the TouchPad is next in the revival line

    Create a 7 inch version of the TouchPad or some other name, that runs WebOS as it's base layer, and a virtual layer of Windows or Android to be a media device and price it around the same level of an e-reader, $159-199. Being able to access either the Android or Windows marketplace is key. Use this device to compete with Amazon Kindle Fire, Nook Color, and Kobo Vox.
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  • RIP WebOS

    They're killing WebOS. The only reason they made more TouchPad was to appease their suppliers and not break contract. The reason they're not making an announcement for two months on it is to sell through that inventory. Leo had great expectations for WebOS working on everything from computers to appliances. He just obviously didn't have the correct strategy to get it there. Meg is in damage control. WebOS on computers would have competed with Microsoft as a start up OS. Now she's focusing on Windows 8. She's not going to make a bold move to save some software already dismissed by the company just months earlier that could also add tension between HP and the Windows camp.
    Sorryboutthat
  • HP flunks credibility test

    With a whimper, HP announced late yesterday that it has no more Touchpads in its online pipeline. After promising to attempt to meet demand after the sell-off, the Company apparently made just enough for its employees. Some more are going to Best Buy - but only if you agree to buy a computer. So, those of us who held off buying other tablets have been misled for months. I may never buy another HP product.
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