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October 17, 2014

HP axes webOS mobile operating system

'Dwindling user count' is final nail in coffin.

By Ben Sullivan

HP will be shutting down its webOS cloud services in January 2015.

Having been launched in 2009, HP said that "the user count has dwindled to the point where it is no longer viable to keep the services running."

"Shutting down webOS cloud services is part of an orderly end of life program. HP announced the end of webOS devices (phones and tablets) over 3 years ago but the services were kept running to allow customers to continue to have a richer user experience," HP said.

Devices which use webOS services such as HP’s Touchpad tablets will continue to work but without cloud services. However, users will no longer be able to download new apps or updates, backup or restore devices from the cloud, setup new devices or recover lost passwords.

The actual shutdown date is January 15 2015.

HP took over webOS when it acquired Palm in 2010 for $1.2bn. Users of Palm devices such as the Palm Pre will be most affected.

In 2013, the webOS flame was passed on to LG when HP licensed the software for LG’s smart TVs.

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