Well it’s no wonder the HP killed their Touchpad business

The Next Web are reporting that when HP tested webOS on an iPad. It ran over twice as fast as on the Touchpad:

before the HP’s TouchPad tablet and Pre smartphones were even released, everyone within the webOS team “wanted them gone”…when webOS was loaded on to Apple’s iPad device and found to run significantly faster than the device for which it was originally developed.

If the WebOS people knew this was going to be a dog, why wasn’t the product delayed until they had hardware they felt was worthy of their efforts? I can only imagines the Product Owners were cornered into meeting the rest of the businesses demands and these issues were sidelined in order to meet the forecast marketing and supplier plans.

I’ve written before about deciding fast and understanding sooner, but this is ridiculous.

If they made the decision one quarter sooner, HP could’ve dropped a couple of million in penalties from pulling out of Marketing and other agreements and saved themselves a whole lot of embarrasment.

And perhaps still had to opportunity to create a third platform in the iPad segment of the Mobile Computing market.


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