It has been a hard road for Palm's webOS. Since its unveiling in 2009, the first handset became Sprint's top-selling phone ever, until the HTC Evo 4G was released. After entering Verizon and AT&T's line-ups, it looked like webOS might be a big competitor in the smartphone war. After financial problems, Palm joined the HP family, for $1.2 billion, giving hope that HP could help get webOS back on track.
HP intended to install webOS on printers, as well as new handsets and tablets. Shortly after this announcement, rumors started that HP was interested in licensing webOS to other manufacturers. Then, HP CEO Leo Apotheker closed up webOS hardware, and threatened to do the same to all hardware.
After replacing the CEO, the decision was made to open source webOS, but to continue on as a hardware manufacturer. This week, however, the story gets ever weirder. HP Senior Vice President Martin Risau wrote,
We are no longer a consumer hardware brand, we are a different company with a focus on software, user experience, cloud, engineering and partnering.
Along with this conflicting statement comes the announcement about webOS's newest future. Hit the break to find out where webOS is headed next.