Earlier this summer, to many people’s dismay, HP decided that they’re no longer going to make devices that run webOS. After seeing Palm come back from the dead and announce the original Pre back in January 2009, then watching them get swallowed up by HP in April 2010, and finally seeing them get killed earlier this week after it was confirmed that over 500 former Palm employees would be leaving the company, our hearts have officially been broken. That being said, there are still some HP/Palm devices that were announced, but never actually hit the market, that folks have been hunting down like an escaped criminal in the state of Texas. The folks at Engadget got a hold of some of these mythical unicorns and have recorded a video to show them all off. First up, the HP TouchPad in white, which sadly doesn’t have a white screen bezel like the iPad 2. Second, the HP Pre 3 for AT&T. We’ve seen that device come out in Europe, but this is the first time we’re seeing it out in America with support for AT&T’s 3G network. And finally the HP TouchPad with AT&T connectivity, because a tablet is only as good as the network it’s connected to, so if you’re disconnected you can’t really do much except play games. Not a problem if you’re an iPad user, a bit of an issue if you’re using something that runs webOS.
After your done shedding a tear and blowing your nose, just remember, HP never said they were going to throw webOS out the window. Whether they’ll license it or sell it hasn’t been decided. They just said that they themselves are no longer going to be creating webOS devices. We’ll be shocked if we don’t know who the new owners of webOS will be by the end of the year.