Sunday was probably the last chance to grab a WebOS tablet for quite some time, and whatever limited supply HP (NYSE: HPQ) made available of its doomed TouchPad went quickly during a brief sale through HP’s eBay (NSDQ: EBAY) Store.
As part of its bid to reduce TouchPad inventory following its chaotic decision in August to re-evaluate the future of its WebOS group, HP has on several occasions sold TouchPad at steep discounts through retail stores and online. Sunday’s sale was on refurbished tablets, which means HP was definitely scraping the bottom of its inventory in hopes of off-loading as many devices as possible before concentrating on Windows 8 tablets next year.
The devices went quickly, according to several reports, but it was hard to tell exactly how many HP sold. On Friday new CEO Meg Whitman announced that HP would be releasing WebOS as an open-source project, throwing the future of the mobile operating system into limbo. Whitman did say that HP planned to make WebOS tablets in 2013, but it’s not clear whether HP really intends to make a commitment to the software this far in advance without knowing how it will evolve as an open-source project.