The former Apple executive who oversaw the creation of the iPod, Jon Rubinstein was tapped to breathe new life into HP, but has now become a symbol for all the dramatic and bumpy transformations HP has undergone over the past few years.
Only a month on the market, and the device that HP said would give Android and Apple a run for their money is already finished. Rumors were confirmed today that HP will discontinue its TouchPad tablet as well its WebOS phones. Reports indicate the company plans to instead focus on software and services, while distancing itself from hardware.
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Given how much of an inspiration Apple has been to tablet makers, it's high time its competitors return the favor. Here, we present the top five features of HP's TouchPad that we'd like to see Apple steal.
For the TouchPad, HP avoided using Android at all costs. Well, actually, at a very specific cost: HP spent $1.2 billion to acquire Palm, which developed the TouchPad's slick software, WebOS. But Windows 8 is likely a different story.
Even if HP begins following Google's strategy of licensing out WebOS like Android, don't expect the company to mirror Google's exact approach. Richard Kerris, VP of worldwide developer relations for WebOS, said HP would most likely create partnerships with companies wanting to use its software, since it has no interest in a fragmented Android-like ecosystem.