The significant change in the strategy of Hewlett-Packard to pull its hand from the fastest growing mobile computing, by withdrawing its TouchPad, has left its competitors wondering about its forthcoming plans and strategies.
HP states its plans to fundamentally transform the company because they have not met internal milestones and financial targets this year, as they failed to contend with Apple's iPad, and other Android tablets, that are leading the market.
The largest producers of PC in the world has also stated its plans to sell its Personal System Group, including its laptops, tablet PCs after withdrawing its TouchPad, just weeks after its worldwide launch.
However, this announcement to discontinue operations for webOS devices has also left the future of webOS devices in uncertainty.
A sudden pulling out from the fastest growing mobile computing has left its users and competitors in a state of anxiety, and a confusion about its intentions to take this abrupt step, soon after overtaking the Palm for $1.2bn, in April 2010 and rebranding its operating system to HP webOS, later in the same year.
Earlier this year HP had created a lot of buzz and excitement about webOS but it disappointed most of its users.
HP totally played it safe when it could have done something bold, posted Martin on a Web site, intomobile.com, adding that, nothing really stands out to me in the TouchPad, besides webOS.
The battle between the phone's and mobile computing has been a hyped topic of discussion all over the world, with the media giving it an unnecessary attention. Most of the self-claimed experts are predicting that it will soon rout the PCs and even laptops.
However, if one look beyond the criticism that favors it, it was the PC that gave the space to the companies like IBM, Dell, HP in the beginning. But now that the market is flooded with far more hi-tech and portable device; the mobile computing is uprooting the PC era.
Plethora of major companies such as HP, Apple, Dell and Samsung have joined the fray and are competing with each other with their newly-launched iPads, TouchPads, Galaxytabs, Dell Streak, leaving hardly any space for the PC industry to flourish. However, this gives a clear picture that the mobile devices like tablets and Smartphone's have ended the personal computer era.
On one hand the compactness and convenience of iPads, other tablets, and Smartphone's gives the mobility comfort to the user, a PC is the best for multiple users. Most youngsters still prefer a PC over a tablet for Editing, Designing, Gaming, Programming, etc. and the expansion options available for the hardware gives it an added advantage.
So the PC isn't dead yet, in fact the PC makers are cluttered and struggling to make their PCs smaller, faster and more functional to compete with these compact, yet smart devices, and keep its standing in the market intact.