HP TouchPad Second Behind Apple iPad in Market Share: Report
HP's TouchPad ranked second behind Apple iPad in sales for most of 2011, despite being killed, according to data from The NPD Group. Samsung came in third.Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad may soon reside in history's dustbin of dead technology, but the webOS-powered tablet can mark at least one small victory before it plunges forever into that abyss: According to research firm The NPD Group, the ill-fated device managed to rank as the second-highest-selling tablet in the United States this year, trailing Apple's iPad but just ahead of Samsung's Galaxy Tab franchise. The TouchPad was helped by an August fire sale, as HP slashed prices to clear out inventories of the defunct tablet. Best Buy and other retailers slashed the price of the 16GB model from $399 to $99, and that of the 32GB from $499 to $149. As thousands of people rushed to stores and online to snatch up a high-end device at a steal, that hunger drove HP to announce it would initiate one last, limited production run.
HP had previously expressed high hopes for webOS, which it inherited as part of its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm in 2010. Within six weeks of the TouchPad's July 1 release in the United States, however, anemic sales led then-CEO Leo Apotheker to order the product line terminated with extreme prejudice. Current CEO Meg Whitman is still pondering whether to sell, license or keep webOS in-house.