More details about the fate of HP webOS software are surfacing in the midst of fierce speculation as leaked HP documents have outlined the tech giant plans to split the webOS Global Business Unit into two.
Engadget - According to letters apparently from Todd Bradley and Shane Robison, webOS software will find a new home in the outfit's Office of Strategy and Technology, while the hardware division will remain with the Personal Systems Group. One of these letters from Tom Bradley explains the split:
The pan-HP charter of OS&T provides a broad view of how we can optimize our technologies. In fact, it has proven to be a successful incubator of technologies; it is home to a team of senior technology experts devoted exclusively to exploring longer-term strategies for our technologies.
PreCentral - Moving webOS software under the Office of Strategy and Technology will serve two purposes: the first being getting webOS out of the soon-to-be-spun-off PSG and keeping it as a property of the new software and services HP, and the second being giving webOS a closer relationship to HP’s multi-billion research and development fund and personnel. The OS&T is considered by HP to be an “incubator” for their tech businesses, where they’re currently applying TLC to HP’s Cloud Services, Vertica, and Business Solutions units.
What lies in store for HP's webOS after its plans to discontinue making supported hardware? Definitely not Samsung, but at least one thing's for sure: HP plans to manufacture a second and final batch of its discontinued Touchpads to meet the surging demand.
Sources: PreCentral, Engadget