Last year, HP launched the TouchPad tablet, which ran this OS, the successor to Palm OS. Critics felt the tablet hardware was a littleunder-powered, but generally liked webOS. The TouchPad didn’t sell as quickly as HP would have liked, so the company pulled the plug, and slashed the price of the TouchPad to $99 (down from $499) to clean out remaining stock, whichcaused a buying frenzy. Since then, HP provided updates to webOS, but was giving mixed signals about the future of the platform. Finally in December, HP announced that the OS would be open-sourced under the name Open webOS; its code is set to be released in September this year.