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Key HP Executives Had No Idea What Was About to Happen with WebOS

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Down the rabbit hole we go, where tablets last six weeks on the market, great mobile OS's are put out to pasture before their time, and HP executives are not told of doomed tablets until days before their demise. Updated.

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It's the world of HP's consumer-side business, and it's looking rather uncomfortable at the moment if we're to believe a new report that claims former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein and Todd Bradley, the head of HP's Personal Systems Group, knew nothing of the TouchPad or WebOS's demise until last Sunday.

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That's correct! The main man behind WebOS at the moment, Rubinstein, and the man who lent a helping hand to get the Palm/HP deal done last year knew nothing of the company's plans for its consumer division until a week ago. Not exactly the track I would take with my billion-dollar year-old acquisition, but I'm certainly no high-powered tech executive. What do I know?

As for Rubinstein and Bradley, their futures appear to be as uncertain as HP's consumer business.

Update: Piling on now is this just-published analysis over at Reuters. Titled "HP - Dial "M" for mayhem," the article is not short on criticisms of enterprise-friendly CEO Leo Apotheker. HP's stock price, it is noted, tanked 20% on Friday as stockholders completely rejected Apotheker's vision for the company.
[All Things D]

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All signs point to price in my opinion. Apple charges as much as they charge for a reason - it's apple. In every other market you can buy the same comparable product for 25-40% less than the apple product. But with webOS and the Touchpad they went after the same price point as the iPad.

Yet now they're actually seeing the product sell out at $99, despite being discontinued, and I'd take a gander it could have sold just as well at $200.

I am shocked that company execs still run things the way they do, and that they aren't up to par on what consumers want and how the market works, yet they are the 'experts'.

I'm telling you as a customer that it should never have been over $200/$250, and to not sound like a cheapskate customer, look at the sales of the product now? Despite being discontinued, it's sold out everywhere.

It should have launched at $200 and maybe we wouldn't be at this point where we are now, when will tech companies realize this? now excuse me as i go try to find one.