HP officially announced yesterday that it was killing off WebOS that it bought along with Palm for an amazing $1.2billion allowing the new WebOS tablet a mere 45 days on the market before admitting failure. We’ve barely even had the first round of ‘what the WebOS tablet needs to do to beat the iPad’ articles yet.

HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

WebOS itself isn’t dead, although it might aswell be with no HO products in the foreseeable future lined up. HP has mentioned its interest in putting WebOS on printers to make them web-enabled which is fine, but hardly exciting, and they can also license it out to third parties – but there can’t be much of a queue for that at the moment.

This is a real shame, although we always wondered if the market could ever sustain four mobile operating system with the iPad, Android tablets, and the inevitable Windows tablets that will soon be coming – was there ever room for WebOS even with the ‘mighty’ (if undirected) HP behind it?