DataViz Cancels Plans for webOS DTG
One-time Palm OS stalwart DataViz has just made the major announcement that they are abandoning plans to develop a full version of Documents To Go for WebOS. DataViz announced the cancellation via their Facebook page on Friday:
We regret to announce we have made the difficult decision to cancel development for Docs To Go for WebOS. Unfortunately we weren't able to overcome technical hurdles and that, in combination with another vendor announcing they will bring a competitive product to market, has lead us to this disappointing conclusion.
While this move is in no way surprising, especially given yesterday's Quickoffice story, it does appear to show a tremendous lack of faith in WebOS' newfound chances under the stewardship and financial backing of HP. The fact that Palm's WebOS SDK has been available for well over a year, and the WebOS 2.0 SDK was just released this week makes this decision even more puzzling. Had DataViz made this announcement prior to HP's acquisition of Palm, their decision would likely be far more palatable to the many longtime Palm OS DTG users eagerly awaiting the next-generation release of the product. In fact, in July of 2009, Dataviz formally promised that a full version of DTG was coming later in the year.
As of this writing, there is no indication if new WebOS devices will continue to ship with the Dataviz's read-only DocumentsToGo viewers in ROM or if they will be phased out. The full text of DataViz's announcement can be found here.
Update: RIM has announced that they have purchased DataViz.