HP webOS development effort unfazed by layoffs

HP webOS development effort unfazed by layoffs

Summary: The layoffs at the HP webOS business group are not affecting the OS development group, say sources close to the situation.

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HP has confirmed it has layoffs in the webOS business group underway, a part of the announced effort to shut the hardware side of that group down this year. The company has confirmed that over 500 layoffs will be made to that end, leaving some to speculate the development of webOS might be impacted. Multiple sources close to the situation have indicated this is not that case, that the webOS development team is not affected by these layoffs.

Companies making big changes in direction often offer retention bonuses to key employees to make sure they don't leave for greener pastures. This has been the case at HP, with the company offering bonuses to webOS developers who stick around. The team is still intact due to these bonuses, and hard at work on continued development of the OS. The company would not confirm this, but multiple sources have told us the bonuses were offered soon after HP announced the impending shutdown of the webOS hardware business.

The developer relations team, the group that interfaces between the internal webOS developers and outside app developers seems to be going strong. HP has been helping enthusiasts with conducting events all over the world for months, and these events are still being held by the developer community which indicates the HP team is still working with them.

This makes sense as HP made it clear it is trying to find the best way to leverage its investment in webOS. That could include licensing the OS to third parties or selling the platform outright. So far no company has expressed an interest in buying webOS, so it's not clear that is a viable option for HP. The continued development of the OS is necessary to support existing customers and to attract business partners.

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Topics: CXO, Hewlett-Packard, Mobile OS, Operating Systems, IT Employment

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  • RE: HP webOS development effort unfazed by layoffs

    That is interesting that they have continued apace with development. Here's hoping that their grand scheme comes to fruition and the OS is once again viable.
    jhoward001@...
  • RE: HP webOS development effort unfazed by layoffs

    Developer support, apps keep coming, and yes HP continues webOS support! Big thumbs up and thanks for keeping webOS alive and well. Sorli...
    sorli
  • hp should adopt android

    and fight the M$ beast.
    The Linux Geek
  • RE: HP webOS development effort unfazed by layoffs

    James Kendrick - when you state that no one has expressed interest in purchasing webOS is that based on public reports or uncited sources?
    jjacobs3
    • RE: HP webOS development effort unfazed by layoffs

      @jjacobs3 Public reports, e. g. Samsung CEO has stated "no way".
      JamesKendrick
      • Who would you like to purchase it?

        Just wondering.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: HP webOS development effort unfazed by layoffs

        @JamesKendrick the CEO of HTC expressed there interest a few days ago
        laofish
  • RE: HP webOS development effort unfazed by layoffs

    After HP made that dreadful announcement, I was hoping this is what was going on at HP (further webOS software development at least). So its good to see that validated by this article. I hope it is indeed the case.
    capt4chris@...
  • WebOS is unnecessary for anything but 3/4g

    They still don't seem to grasp (as ROW has) the webOS has limited usefulness. The act of putting it into their tablet and then not including 3 or 4g connection was really brain damaged. To be successful they also need to remove the requirement of setting up a webOS account at HP - that is a huge security flag, and they don't even seem to grasp the idea. So, what use is it anyway????
    Willnott
    • RE: HP webOS development effort unfazed by layoffs

      @Willnott How is the requirement of a webOS account a significant flaw? It really isn't any different from iOS requiring an iTunes account or Android requiring a Google account.
      JeffGr