WebOS lives! HP decides to open source the platform

After on-again, off-again news about the webOS mobile platform, HP has made a final decision: WebOS will be offered to the open source community. HP will still be involved to help platform progression, but it’s not clear if any HP hardware will ever run webOS again.

WebOS app development chief flees to Xobni

Michael Rizkalla, the former senior director of webOS application development at HP, has just started at Xobni, where he will be its senior director of mobile applications. It’s the latest exodus from the webOS team as HP contemplates what to do with the mobile operating system.

HP’s quarter afflicted by webOS fallout, weak services mix

Hewlett-Packard continues to struggle with fallout from the decision to nix its webOS-based tablets, a less-than-stellar mix of IT services, and its newly completed acquisition of Autonomy. The question is how long those reverberations will impact the company’s profitability and growth prospects.

HP considering webOS fire sale

You sort of knew this was coming: Reuters reports that Hewlett-Packard is looking to unload webOS, the mobile operating system it got when it bought Palm last year, for hundreds of millions of dollars, and far below the $1.2 billion it paid just 18 months ago.

MobileTechRoundup podcast episode 250

Matt and Kevin are back for their 250th weekly mobile tech podcast. This week, Matt shares firsthand impressions from the Nokia World event in London and the Lumia 710 and 800 Windows Phone handsets. Plus a listener question about Gmail features on Apple’s iOS platform.