HP halts production of the TouchPad and Pre hardware

HP confirms it is to stop all webOS hardware

HP TouchPad and Pre users given the cold shoulder by Hewlett Packard as the company announces it is to cease production of all webOS hardware

Hewlett Packard has made a shock announcement confirming it is to cease production of all webOS hardware including its range of Pre handsets and the recently launched HP TouchPad.

The move, which is to take immediate effect, will see HP halt production of its full range of webOS powered mobile devices in order to focus on “the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group.”

“HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones,” an official release from Hewlett Packard said. “HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.”

Hitting UK stores less than two months ago HP’s attempted iPad killer the HP TouchPad failed to spark interest with consumers with limited apps and a price comparable to its Apple branded rival seemingly damning the device from launch.

Packing a 1.2GHz dual-core processor the HP TouchPad ran version 3.0 of the webOS operating system as well as sporting a 9.7-inch display and a 1.3-megapixel camera. Earlier this week HP launched the HP Pre 3 in the UK to little fanfare.

With HP ceasing production of all webOS hardware the company is to launch a $10 billion buyout for software firm Autonomy.

Were you one of the few to snap up the HP TouchPad early, how have you found the webOS tablet and are you now concerned about a lack of support for the system? Let us know via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.