Originally Posted by solipsism
I think there are some other factors to consider with Palm. For starters, there is a potential lingering lawsuit over the IP they used, namely the capacitance touchscreen and gesturing. Besides that, if the Pre itself fails because Palm cant afford to R&D the complete widget they still have what looks like a quality, modern, lightweight mobile OS to license. At the very least, Id think they would be sell WebOS to another mobile vendor. It may even work out well for a company like HTC or Nokia. Symbian and WinMo arent scaling up well these days, this may be what is needed alongside the other options.
It's interesting. But there is nothing that article that we haven't known for months to years. It doesn't give a single reason why the Pre will sell. It hardly even mentions WebOS. Actually, they didn't mention WebOS at all in there. They just said that Palm needed a new OS.
But I really have to disagree with you here.
I said it in my last post, and I'll say it again.
WebOS is the main feature of the Pre. If the Pre fails, or doesn't do as well as it needs to do, the main reason given will be the failure of WebOS. The physical part of the phone is obviously important, but it's the OS that matters the most.
So if the phone has poorer sales than hoped for, and the OS doesn't live up to its pre-market hype, not one will want it.
There is no point in licensing a failed OS. And a failed OS with nothing going for it, such as a successful store, which it won't have if developers see it isn't going anywhere.
In that case, the OS is dead.
I don't know why you think other companies will be in such a hurry to license a dead OS.
And, by the way, Nokia is moving to Linux, and away from Symbian.
Win mobile needs a major overhaul. The one thing it's got going for itself it is its owner, MS. They will, if they feel they have to, pour as much money into it as they need. We don't really know what they're doing with 7, because it's been pushed back so much. But some believe it's to make it more iPhone-like. If so, and it's done well enough, it may even gain some marketshare back.