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Hewlett Packard pulls a Micro$oft and an IBM

About a year ago Microsoft came out with a highly publicized phone called the Kin. You might remember the commercials about a girl wanting to do a trip to meet her friends face to face. Well, a few weeks after the phone was out in the market Microsoft killed it. Why they went ahead with producing it only to kill it? Hmmm.

Now Hewlett Packard (HP) has pulled the exact same maneuver. A few days ago I saw a commercial with of all people Many Paquiao for the HP TouchPad that uses the WebOS. Yesterday I read how Best-buy is returning its huge order of HP TouchPads. And today HP pulled a M$ dropping the tablet and the modestly successful Pre phone that works on WebOS. Dumb asses. Really. Dumb asses.

They killed the platform by starving it. It's like being disappointed in Einstein because he was bad at math as a kid, saying this kid will never do any good in school. He's not a prodigy let's pull him out of school. What were they expecting? With Apple dominating the market WebOS would have to carve out a niche by tooth and nail. No way it was just going to be a huge hit from the get go.

Now it's Google nee Motorola and Apple the only players in the ring. Furthermore HP is also pulling an IBM and quitting the PC manufacture business altogether. This is not necessarily a bad idea but why not licence WebOS last year?

Apple remains as the only company that seems to have any vision right now in that area.


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