Hewlett-Packard’s promising TouchPad tablet was one of the most extensively explored gadgets of 2011. Before, and at the time of, the launch it was promising big guns and was perhaps threatening a few of its closest rivals, mainly because it was being advertised as a class apart from the completion with other gadgets in the segment.
However, as the time progressed, it ended up in proving nothing less than a failure. The TouchPad, which was allegedly going to offer a cut-throat competition to Apple's iPad, survived no more than seven weeks or so when before it actually sprawled out and HP was forced to kill it, citing weak sales as the foremost reason.
On the other hand, a plenty of analysts have highlighted a long catalogue of aspects which have probably resulted in the bubble-like lifespan of the tablet. But still, many of those involved in manufacturing the core software for the tablet now claim that the product hardly got a chance to make its move, mainly because there’s was a heavy shelling of gadgets all over the year.
That software was dubbed WebOS, an OS created on the similar technology that was employed by a variety of other Web browsers. It vowed an extensive flexibility and openness in comparison with the tightly controlled iOS software offered by Apple. In addition, it claimed that the software was far higher in terms of beauty and elegance when compared to the occasionally wonky Android system from Google.
HP even got Palm, the manufacturer of WebOS, for a deal pegged at around $1.2 billion in the year 2010 with the prime objective of using the software in products such as the TouchPad.
But on the front, it was a different ballgame altogether and WebOS was perhaps out on the wrong foot, proving something in the likes of a toxic asset. By any means, it gone for now and HP is too giant a player to bother on such things and too clever to repeat its mistakes. So it’s a new year, and HP will shortly be back with vengeance.