HP's webOS Still Coming to PCs, Printers

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It has crossed my mind this might have been a brilliant marketing ploy, if there was one (or a perfect flop, time will tell), after seeing the success of the fire sale. It will be a little hard for HP to turn on their head a few months from now (assuming the webOS catches on) and offer a better (hardware-wise) tablet, while forgetting about the customers that bought the first wave.
On the other hand, these customers will not be able to complain too much, given the huge discount they received. Apple has fooled it's customers repeatedly with new and "improved" versions of their phone and tablet and the discount was symbolic in their case (of course, one has to take into account the fact that their customers are extremely loyal and would not agree for one second they got cheated by their gods).
One final alternative for webOs would be to actually become just an OS, distributed to various hardware makers, like Android is. In this case, their best bet would be to expand support for cross-platform applications, i.e. to enable iOS and Android apps to run on their webOS environment. Imagine the freedom to choose not only the hardware, but also the best of all app worlds. If such an OS existed, I would jump in without looking back.
 

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they shouldn't have quit on touchpad so soon like i said. It was HP's portal to sell their new WebOS and rebranding themselves to become the new Apple. It would have been an excellent portal to their cloud services if they ever wanted to go that route.
 

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I thought for a minute that it might be some kinda marketing ploy -- whether purposly or accidentally -- but the problem is the HP app store. It's terrible. There's really nothing there. So in terms of month to month performance, August is going to be a lot better for TouchPad apps the July, but that's probably not saying a whole hell of a lot. Unless they have something good in the works already, I don't see that being much of an incentive. It's true that they surely take a hit selling them at $99/$150, but there's no way to really make that money back through apps, even if it's not much to make up. There's just not that much to purchase. Maybe it's all a huge gamble.
 

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but then again, if Google was willing to spend $12 billion on patents, I guess it wouldn't be surprising for HP to dump $1 billion to get actual webOS products/services into consumer hands.
 

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HP webOS Developer Update


Dear webOS Developer,

We have opened the next chapter for webOS, and we understand that you must have many questions. Yesterday we announced that we will focus on the future of webOS as a software platform but we will no longer be producing webOS devices. While this was a difficult decision, it's one that will strengthen our ability to focus on further innovating with webOS as we forge our path forward. Throughout this journey, our developers will continue to be a vital part of the future of webOS.

We will continue to support, innovate and develop the webOS App Catalog. Our intent is to enhance our merchandising and presentation of your great products and to continue to build our webOS app ecosystem.

As many of you are aware, we are currently scheduled to hold many developer events around the world. We are planning to continue with these events, however, due to the recent announcements; the nature of them will change. These updates will be posted on our events registration site this coming week. We are eager to present to you the updated strategy for webOS and to hear your feedback.

Lastly, I wish to express our sincere appreciation for your ongoing support for webOS and the many teams responsible for it here at HP.
This is a particularly dynamic time in the mobile industry and sometimes tough decisions need to be made about not only what to do, but also what not to do. This has been one of those times. Together with our great webOS developer community, we are confident that we will meet the challenges ahead and build momentum for optimal success.

We will be communicating with you frequently over the next few weeks and we look forward to hearing from you throughout this process.

Thanks for your support

Richard Kerris
VP webOS Developer Relations
 

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IF HP come out with a better version of the touchpad thats faster with more memory, I am sure that all those who have the touchpad now, will want to upgrade. But HP will need to wait for developers to come on board, as now there is a lot of touchpads in peoples home, and there is a reason to develop for them.


But of coarse this is assuming the CEO of HP is not an idiot and he has a smart plan at the works.
 

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Considering the nonsense that he's done with the PSG operations I'd bet on the fact that he is...yup, and idiot.

For those that don't know HP CEO Leo Apotheker was FIRED from his job at SAP.
 

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Because they don't want to foot the bill for app development. Seems they want to free-lance or outsource the development of them. A company that does something like this, and spills it like a rampant event to the public, has purpose behind it. Don't kid yourself. HP would not announce this to the public if there were not a long term growth plan. Releasing this info was either by an uncoordinated response due to a rift in Management OR It was on purpose. They have Shareholders to protect interests, and you don't go-off half-cocked with this sale and announcement unless they are making money down the road... Has anyone ever thought that by getting in bed with Qualcomm, that they shot themselves in the foot early on? Look at the history of Qualcomm. They are VERY tight on royalties, rights, and very very hard to deal with. Maybe this is the way out of bed with Qualcomm? Who knows ... But I assure you, having worked in the SC industry for 16 years, this was either calculated, or a rift in Management and now they are doing damage control. I pick the first one ...
 
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Why would anyone buy a WebOS device now? What's to say they don't give up after a month into it? I wouldn't touch that with a 100' pole!
 
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I was one of the few lucky individuals to actually receive a touchpad. I was also one of the first people to jump on the pre bandwagon when it first came out on the Sprint network. The pre in my opinion was not ready for prime time due to the horrible quality control that was going on at palm at the time and I eventually traded it in for an android within the 30 day window. I always missed the ease of use of Webos and hoped that HP would do the platform justice. When the touchpad was announced I was turned off to the original price due to the fact there were tons of better spec'd android tablets out there. Since I received my touchpad I have optimized ,themed, and even purchased a few apps and coming from a rooted nook color running CM7 with MIUI I have to say that the touchpad provides the best experience I've ever had with a mobile OS period that's not neutered by the limited hardware provided by other manufacturers that will remain nameless. I think (hope) the leaders at HP are aware of the potential that this operating system has and that this "Firesale" was just a way to get the market share needed to entice developers to make apps for the OS which is the only thing it lacks right now aside from a few performance issues which could easily be fixed with software updates. I don't think I will install android unless there is some way I can dual-boot both OS'es as they provide 2 distinctly different experiences. Android is very versatile and be customised to do almost anything you want but even then Webos still blasts it out of the water when it comes to usability and multitasking ability I will always be a fan of Webos and I hope when HP becomes the software "powerhouse" it seems like they're trying to be I hope they remember webos IS software and should remain an integral part of their portfolio but if that's not an option please give it to a company that knows what to do with it.
 
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