HTC eyeing webOS purchase to compete with Apple's iOS

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  • Reply 41 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    Take off your Tin Foil hat.



    can't you see humour? why so much anger and attacks?
  • Reply 42 of 110
    shenshen Posts: 434member
    More and more it looks like Android is just a bandaid to patch the iPhone created wound until the phone makers can find a real answer. Not exactly a product I would want to hitch my wagon too. "This is a great OS! At least until we can find something that actually works and doesn't cost us so much..."
  • Reply 43 of 110
    macrulezmacrulez Posts: 2,455member
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  • Reply 44 of 110
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
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    Originally Posted by jsmythe00 View Post


    I'm wondering why apple doesn't purchase webOS. I'm sure there's some good stuff they could use.



    But thinking deeper, letting someone like HTC get it deprives android of a major partner. Stunt androids growth by reduced HTC-android powered phones being replaced with WebOS?



    Once other partners see HTC's success at weening itself off of android, others would follow suit. So unless Google can get their Googlerola phone out the doors quick, Android would see a DROP in handset activations.



    IDK. Flimsy thinking?



    I can't imagine that Apple could ever buy WebOS. The DOJ would be all over them and stop the purchase on antitrust grounds.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dave K. View Post


    Wouldn't it more sense for HTC to fork Android?



    HTC is big enough to do both. And, arguably, having a backup gives them leverage that they wouldn't otherwise have.



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    Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post


    There is no doubt webOS has potential and that poor management has harmed significantly. The problem is all that bad vodoo is likely to cause negativity in the community. I'm not talking just consumers here but also developers. .



    There's a flipside to that, though. There will be something like a million HP TouchPads out there. If HTC were to buy WebOS and continue to support the Touchpad, that's a sizable starting point for developers. And the fact that they're going for $200+ on eBay for the base model suggests that there is consumer interest. I suspect that there is no other tablet (other than the iPad, of course) with a greater installed base-which should make developers happy.
  • Reply 45 of 110
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    Originally Posted by MacRulez View Post


    When Cook announces it for iOS 6 you'll love it.



    Give me one reason I'd love to have my videos playing in the background or any other 'feature' of "real" multitasking.
  • Reply 46 of 110
    xsuxsu Posts: 401member
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    Originally Posted by Rot'nApple View Post


    Good move HTC, 'cuz it worked so well for Palm and HP!

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    Unlike those two, HTC actually produces technically competent phones.
  • Reply 47 of 110
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Give me one reason I'd love to have my videos playing in the background or any other 'feature' of "real" multitasking.



    I want Real Racing HD -and- Infinity Blade running in the background while I have my iPod playing, CinexPplayer playing AVIs while Videos plays both Movies and iTunes U videos constnatly without any way to suspend anything. That would be true multitasking and truly awesome¡
  • Reply 48 of 110
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    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    I want Real Racing HD -and- Infinity Blade running in the background while I have my iPod playing, CinexPplayer playing AVIs while Videos plays both Movies and iTunes U videos constnatly without any way to suspend anything. That would be true multitasking and truly awesome¡



    OH! I got it. Have the app More Cowbell! running in the background and accepting taps, so every time you touch the screen, it does the cowbell *tink!*.



    Okay, now I want "true" multitasking.
  • Reply 49 of 110
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    Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post


    As long as Google remained the search partner, I don't know that they'd be that concerned. The whole idea for Google offering a smartphone OS was to help prevent Microsoft and Apple from locking them out of the mobile advertising space.



    Google wants a lot more then advertising space. They data mine. A lot of personal information is stored at Google from Android users.
  • Reply 50 of 110
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    Originally Posted by hittrj01 View Post


    Come on, don't you see? If your phone can't continue to play a video in the background while you're reading your emails, then it FAILS. If it can't continue to keep a game running while you're flipping through your playlists, then it FAILS! It's not about battery life, or resource management, or even common sense, it's about true multitasking. Don't you get it???



    </sarcasm>



    No. If you can't download porno from the torrents while playing a game while watching a video while on the phone while emailing your boss about why you're not at work, then why have a phone? You might as well get a laptop or something.
  • Reply 51 of 110
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,548member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by KaptainK View Post


    [WebOS]It actually multi-tasks...



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post






    What the frick does this even MEAN?! This is all people throw around? EVER? about multitasking on other OS'.



    Do you see two applications on the screen at once? Do inputs simultaneously apply to multiple applications at once? WHAT?



    What about other OS' makes it "true" multitasking?



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    What he's implying is that it doesn't intelligently balance mutli-tasking; instead it just continues to run everything in the background. I don't know what someone would want to open a web browser and have their video playing in the background despite not being abel to see it, especially on a mobile device with limited performance and power resources, but apparently some think [I]that is awesome



    I think if we just substitute "Multitasking" with "ADHD Therapy", everyone will get along. Those that clamor for "true" multitasking (whatever that is on a mobile device), has supported every nonIOS platform that has essentially failed, or is geared towards the minority of consumers that essentially provides zero revenue.
  • Reply 52 of 110
    If HTC, Samsung, LG, and Sony (and other major Android manufacturers) were smart, they whould get together and buy WebOS and/or all Palm patents at a bargain basement price from HP. Then, even if they don't use WebOS, they will all have more than enough patents to prevent Apple and Microsoft from suing them. Having an alternative OS will just be a bonus.
  • Reply 53 of 110
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Good. Pass the metaphorical pipe, as it were.



    Too bad the pipe's full of malaria.



    This post did not get nearly enough credit for what it is. Which is "the most epic thing I've ever read on this forum."



    Thank you.
  • Reply 54 of 110
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,548member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    I want Real Racing HD -and- Infinity Blade running in the background while I have my iPod playing, CinexPplayer playing AVIs while Videos plays both Movies and iTunes U videos constnatly without any way to suspend anything. That would be true multitasking and truly awesome¡



    Don't forget... I want it to do all that PLUS have it running [email protected] in the background! And then afterwards, I want to demand that Apple have an iPhone with a removable battery because it has such terrible battery life for some unknown reason.



    This is important stuff!
  • Reply 55 of 110
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
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    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post


    Don't forget... I want it to do all that PLUS have it running [email protected] in the background! And then afterwards, I want to demand that Apple have an iPhone with a removable battery because it has such terrible battery life for some unknown reason.



    This is important stuff!



    LOL [email protected] Touché.
  • Reply 56 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jsmythe00 View Post


    I'm wondering why apple doesn't purchase webOS. I'm sure there's some good stuff they could use.



    But thinking deeper, letting someone like HTC get it deprives android of a major partner. Stunt androids growth by reduced HTC-android powered phones being replaced with WebOS?



    Once other partners see HTC's success at weening itself off of android, others would follow suit. So unless Google can get their Googlerola phone out the doors quick, Android would see a DROP in handset activations.



    IDK. Flimsy thinking?



    The cost of purchasing webOS vs. the cost of licensing Android: no contest, Android wins (assuming patent issues are non-existent for sake of argument), because you only have to sign a deal with the devil, who is, you know "not evil" or something, and as long as you don't mind being second fiddle to Motorola, a Google Company. Android is "free" right? Buying webOS would cost a lot up front, plus you become responsible for its maintenance and to keep it competitive for the foreseeable future, so add those costs in.



    Secondly, I don't buy the argument that if HTC left Android, the number of activations would drop. Google would just count every incompatible Chinese fork to keep their numbers high.
  • Reply 57 of 110
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    Originally Posted by MacRulez View Post


    When Cook announces it for iOS 6 you'll love it.



    That's not what happened when they announced FCP X. So much for your "sheeple theory."
  • Reply 58 of 110
    I'd like to see WebOS live on as it does have potential. Unfortunately WebOS 3 has a long way to go. In the short time I've been using it on my TP I was frustrated by some of the performance I was seeing. Even OC it and installing quite a few performance patches I found it to be running much slower than it should on that hardware. What I've learned that the "multi-tasking" was toned down quite a bit with 3.02 to fix some performance issues. Also have learned that their JavaScript implementation is single threaded, which explains the SunSpider score and rendering sites that use a lot of JavaScript of about twice as long as that of the iPad 2. See this HP/Palm Developer thread for more detail.



    Anyway, I don't think Multitasking is a big deal anyway. I loved BlackBerry's commercial as it looked cool - but why do I need to have Thor, a racing game, a Jennifer Lopez video and a skiing video running on a tablet all "at the same time"?
  • Reply 59 of 110
    It's just too late. WebOS is dead. Any company that tries to build a client computing platform on top of WebOS will fail.



    If HTC really does this then HTC is done. Not because buying WebOS in and of itself would kill HTC, but because the decision is an indicator of stupidity, and a company run by such stupid people cannot survive in the long run (unless it's Microsoft).
  • Reply 60 of 110
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    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    I'd argue that poor management killed every iteration of WebOS. WebOS in itself has a lot of potential.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by irnchriz View Post


    If it ever gets finished





    Yes, you can consider WebOS to be the OS of the future...



    ...and it always will be!
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