HP have announced that they are dropping webOS devices, but still not given a clear vision of what is next for webOS.
Developers for webOS have received an email from Richard Harris today saying that HP were going to continue to support the community and will invest in software and the HP App Catalog going forward. However, given that they are now asking developers to continue to develop for no set device what future is in that.
The “good” news for developers of webOS software who have finished software is that HP are having a fire sale in the US at least, were companies like Amazon have been selling Touchpads for as little as $99. They have managed to sell out there stock in a matter of hours. Therefore there should hopefully be a lot more customers looking at the HP App Catalog in the next few weeks, so hopefully developers will be able to increase their sales (at least in the short term).
So companies like best buy are offering refunds for up to 60 days.
It would appear that HP have manufactured in the region of 2.5 million Touchpad’s and if HP does get these into the hands of end users than at least their will be a reasonable market place for webOS developers stick with.
It looks like the UK will not have similar sales at this time, but we will have to wait and see if we get any deals in the UK.
The largest issues that we have, is that webOS developers are no willing to issue promo codes for us to review their software, due to the uncertainty. So our review list for the Touchpad is reduced. We will continue our Touchpad reviews tomorrow if no other major news breaks. We plan to continue our reviews until the end of August or until future plans become clear.