DeWitt: webOS still coming to PCs and printers, Pre3 launch limited to specific markets
webOS Global Business Unit chief Stephen DeWitt talked with AllThingsD today about the future of webOS, and while things are still pretty hazy, the future of webOS is at least a little bit clearer.
First things first, the webOS GBU is continuing their work on getting webOS to run on PCs and printers, but when or if that will actually happen is unknown at this point. They’re also planning to continue work on webOS for the TouchPad and Veer and will issue updates to the OS. The HP Pre3, on the other hand, is only going to see a launch in “very selective areas,” according to DeWitt. So far we’ve seen it appear unlocked in the UK, and according to webOS-blog.de it and the unicorn-powered 64GB TouchPad appeared on HP’s Germany store, which has been down from the traffic practically all day (a problem we’ve also encountered). The limited markets mantra means we probably aren’t going to see the Pre3 in North America any time soon, a sad reality that means our Touch-to-share hopes are pinned on an eventual update to the Veer.
Where the TouchPad and Pre3 are/aren’t being sold is hazy and ever-changing, but it just can’t compare to the fog cast over the future of webOS. DeWitt admitted that they’re not exactly sure what they’re going to do with the operating system, floating options such as partnering with a single manufacturer or licensing to many, or even taking webOS in a different direction than the phones and tablets it was designed for. Of the possibilities, we’d say licensing to one or several is the most likely. Regardless, DeWitt said that they’ve “ad a number of discussions and there’s a lot of interest around webOS,” raising our hopes that a licensing agreement is in the works.