Oh webOS, it seems to me that you lived your life like a candle in the wind. Your hardware burned out long before your software ever did. When it first launched on the Palm Pre in 2009, webOS and its attractive card-based interface were pregnant with possibility. The sleek-looking UI gained a cult-like following, and after HP acquired Palm, there was hope that webOS could be the next big mobile platform. HP even promised that the software would be pre-loaded on on all of its PCs!
Unfortunately, the love affair between HP and webOS was over before you could say “Kardashian Marriage.” Just 49 days after it launched the first webOS tablet, the TouchPad, HP decided to kill all webOS hardware. If only more consumers had bought the Pre and Pre 2, the platform would be fighting for the number three platform today, instead of just Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry.