Originally Posted by Alfiejr
this is way too extreme a viewpoint. the same problems apply to any possible mobile OS other than iOS and Android right now. even Windows Phone, certainly Bada and QNX. and Symbian was abandoned because it was just too technically limited to be used for next generation products.
No it's not. It the truth. It's dead and gone. It was dead and gone before Palm was acquired by HP. WP7 has MS behind it, which means that they will be pouring money after it for a long time. It might catch on after a while to be the third most popular OS.
and no, WebOS was not "despised" by anyone, that is way over the top. actually, people who tried it liked it. but the complete package just wasn't there to support buying it.
Ok, despised was too strong a word. I meant that they avoided it in droves. It never had a chance. It has even less than no chance now.
HP is giving up because WebOS was Hurd's big initiative, and he's gone. the new guy has a very different strategic direction and no commitment to mobile or even hardware, let alone his predecessor's bright ideas. so whack! that's how corporations work.
I think that is too strong a statement. I doubt that Hurd being the one who bought it has anything to do with it. If it did, it would have been discontinued before. It's very simple. It's costing HP vast amounts of money. It is money they will never see again. Better cut and run than throw more money away.
I did mention that their moving away from consumer products had something to do with this, but if it were selling well, they would have kept it, and moved the focus towards business, where the iPad is having a boisterous success.
yes, WebOS certainly needs to be filled out with the range of popular apps at least. but several big OEM's could take that on. and some will bring much more established global smartphone market presence to the effort than HP and Palm could, another reason they both flopped.
and the reason i think one or more will is because they HAVE to. not because they want to. but because depending on Google from now on is potential market suicide for all of them. even if just to retain some leverage in dealing with Google, they need to have some alternative in the works. and also just in case the whole Android edifice falls apart or is badly damaged next year as an outcome of all the litigation.
let's see who picks up WebOS from here before we jump to conclusions that it's "doomed."
now your writing like an analyst. They look at what companies should, could and would do, and come up with some expectation of success based on that. But they don't take the preferences of the customer into account. That why they, and many companies fail so often.
It doesn't matter what a company may do to, or for WebOS, the consumer has given an answer to it already, and that answer is that they don't want this.
Now your making too many assumptions about Android. We don't yet know if any of that will come true. Android has a vastly better chance of surviving than WebOS does.