Life After Death For HP's TouchPad
HP may have announced the imminent death of the TouchPad tablet and its webOS operating system, but the announcement and its subsequent fire sale has brought the tablet a sudden, surprising amount of popularity.
According to Fast Company, quoting an analyst the TouchPad is on track to become the #2 best-selling tablet in the world, behind Apple's iPad, thanks to the fire sale that had it selling for $99 and causing lines out the door and Best Buy and elsewhere.
The success has led to much media and analyst speculation that Amazon's upcoming tablet could threaten Apple's lead by using a similar, low-cost model.
Meanwhile, an HP executive told Reuters in an interview that the TouchPad may not be so dead after all. Todd Bradley, the head of HP's Personal Systems Group, which includes both its PC business and webOS, said that HP could resurrect the device. Bradley said in the same interview that HP would prefer to spin off its PC division rather than sell it to a competitor.