Hewlett Packard Co. this week said it will maintain the webOS division as open source software for developers and hardware manufacturers.

The company this week said it will be active in development for the platform and make the webOS code available for open source license to hardware manufacturers, developers and partners.

The webOS software, acquired from the $1.8 billion purchase of Palm Inc. in 2010, held lackluster demand on smartphones and tablets in global markets.

In Aug., the company discontinued sale of all webOS-based products, including HP TouchPad tablet, which subsequently held strong demand after a price cut to $99 for the 16GB SKU and $149 for the 32GB SKU.

HP said it will be an active investor and participant in webOS development.

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