Job postings reinforce HP's plans to continue webOS development 33
HP might have decided to "off" the TouchPad and all other webOS devices recently, but if anything is a sign that the webOS GBU is going to remain active, it would be all of the recent activity going on at Monster.com to fill positions at Palm, Inc.. Tim Carmody from Wired just happened to receive a tip about the new webOS-related job listings at Monster.com, which include positions for Managers, Lawyers, Engineers, Designers and a whole lot more (35 in total were just added today).
Of course, the problem that is readily apparent in every one of the 110 job listings is that they are all for the company Palm, Inc., which technically doesn't exist anymore. With several references throughout the postings for jobs that will be working directly on the TouchPad and other webOS devices, it's easy to wonder if these listings are legitemately from HP's webOS Global Business Unit. It's likely that at least some of these are old posts that haven't been removed due to everything else that's currently going on with the Sunnyvale-based team.
But if HP is looking to hire new people onto their webOS team, it is a good sign that work will continue to move forward with the platform. Especially with positions open like that for a Touchpad Regional Product Manager in the EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa), which would fit perfectly with the statement from HP's Todd Bradley that they may resurrect the TouchPad in the near future due to high demand. Or, you know, it could be a job listing that needs to be taken down and given a proper burial.
To be honest, we still very little idea what exactly HP is planning on doing with webOS (and that includes software as well as hardware). They've certainly made stranger decisions recently than hiring on new webOS engineers and designers, and with the drastic changes that have already been made, it's hard to say whether webOS will stick around past next week or even if HP will sell off their printing business, too. For now, we can look on these job listings with hope that there is still some life left in the webOS GBU and that HP isn't killing the platform off completely. If you're interested in working at HP with the webOS team (and don't mind the small chance that you could be laid off with little-to-no warning), hit the source link below to see what job opportunities are available, and let us know in the comments how everything goes.