Sorry man, but at this point that's a question to ask your employers at HP.
Originally Posted by HardBeatZ
Why ruin a good device and its every chance at providing a good experience through a living ecosystem by making public plans to kill the ecosystem? Even if they plan to license out webOS, that would've been the way to go about that: say that other parties will make webOS DEVICES while HP makes webOS.
What they said now will let developers and anyone else interested in the platform, as someone else above said, run for the hills.
Even if the act of HP spinning off the PSG and stopping the production of webOS devices in and of itself hadn't killed webOS, the way they announced this may. I know that they said they'd "continue to explore future options", but that's not the way to say it - the way to say it would have been "HP plans to discontinue the development of hardware for the critically-acclaimed webOS and will, instead, license the OS to select hardware manufacturers, including..."
Just look through the forum. People are returning their TouchPads because of this. Mishandling this situation by wording the press release in a way that, while explicitly saying they won't outright kill webOS as a platform, leads people to BELIVE that this is the case because the phrase of "exploring options" is vague and noncommittal may have undone any progress webOS has made.
So yeah: why ruin a good device like the TouchPad by going ahead and saying that it's a dead-end device because no devices will follow in its footsteps without directly announcing manufacturers to pick up the slack?