The statement from the company reads: "As webOS continues the transition from making mobile devices to open source software, it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before. This creates a smaller and more nimble team that is well-equipped to deliver an open source webOS and sustain HP's commitment to the software over the long term.
HP is working to redeploy employees affected by these changes to other roles at the company."
The company last had a round of layoffs in September, and former Palm CEO and WebOS boss Jon Rubinstein left the company in January.
While unfortunate, the move was expected as many of those fired were from the webOS hardware division, where HP is unlikely to make any more products.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2012 21:40