Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced today that it plans to discontinue its webOS based tablets and wireless phones.

webOS is a proprietary mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel, initially developed by Palm, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in April 2010 for $1.2 billion.

In February 2011, HP announced several new webOS devices, with various versions of the operating system, including the HP Veer and HP Pre 3 smartphones, running webOS 2.2, and the HP TouchPad, a tablet computer released in July 2011 that runs webOS 3.0.

The Touchpad, expected to be a big seller for HP, met with mediocre reviews when it came and has experienced extremely weak sales since the launch despite multiple price cuts.

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