In an interview with AllThingsD’s Ina Friend, Stephen DeWitt, the HP exec in change of webOS, said that “We will focus on the future of webOS as a software platform but we will no longer be producing webOS devices.”
DeWitt continued, stressing that HP still projects “At the end of the day, webOS is going to be a popular platform on a variety of connected devices.”
The webOS question will certainly be a tricky one for HP: the company could attempt to license webOS to other manufactures, hold onto the webOS/Palm division simply to collect royalties, or spin off the division altogether. Given that that the mobile market is shaping up to be a two-way battle between Android and the iPhone the first option seems unlikely.
DeWitt was hesitant to shed any light into HP’s plans for webOS during his interview with AllThingsD only saying the company has had a number of discussions with market players and claiming there is “a lot of interest” in the operating system.
While DeWitt may have been dodgy with AllThingsD about HP’s strategy for webOS, a comment he made to Bloomberg was telling of the company’s plans for the OS: “We’re going to continue to evolve it, update and support it. We stand by it.”