Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman believes that webOS can play an important role in the future as an open-source mobile operating system. Once Google successfully purchases Motorola Mobility, Whitman believes Android could become closed-source. Even though the complete impact of webOS will take up to 4 years, Whitman promised that HP will remain patient.
The CEO gave a speech at the HP Global Partner Conference held in Las Vegas last Wednesday and gave some very decent points.
“Apple is great, it’s on fire, but iOS is a closed system. Google could end up that way with the purchase of Motorola; Android could end up being a closed system.”
“We love [...]
It’s always been a shame that Google wasn’t focusing on Android’s design as much as they should’ve in the early versions. It should’ve been one of their main priorities from day one. Design is very important. It’s not just for “fashion” oriented people – good design can make something not only beautiful and a joy to watch, but also a joy to use, and it can increase your productivity, too, but being as simple to use as possible, rather than getting in your way, and making you forget what exactly everything does inside the OS.
Fortunately, Google has started realizing how important design is for consumer oriented [...]
HTC is reportedly being interested in acquiring webOS from HP. HP is probably still not sure whether they want to sell it or not, most likely along with their Palm patents, which HTC could also really use against Apple (and maybe Microsoft later). Also, HTC says if they are doing this they want it to be a very rational decision, and not an impulse one.
First of all, they need to be sure HP isn’t ripping them off, asking them for many billions of dollars for it. In my opinion webOS is worth even less now than it did when HP bought it. The thing is, the more time passed, the more Android and iOS got a foothold in the market, and now webOS is even further behind. So [...]
To me, it was the ridiculously low fire sale price and the potential for running Android that made the HP TouchPad gain back a heartbeat after its maker pronounced it dead.
Within just hours after HP announced the lower prices for a product it no longer wishes to continue producing, retailers selling the device ran out of stock quickly. Even HP’s own online store and its company-owned outlets quickly ran out of units.
Thousands of queuing customers didn’t get their hands on the HP TouchPad. They simply fell in line too late. And, right now, a lot of them are enraged by disappointment, bitterness, and envy towards those who were able to [...]
HP has announced its plan to produce one more batch of HP TouchPad tablets, due to reach store shelves before October 31. Industry sources say HP might produce 500,000 to 1 million more units.
HP recently decided to kill the HP TouchPad and clear out the remaining units in warehouses through an absurdly marked-down price sale. That did the trick, and stocks were cleared very quickly. The HP TouchPad suddenly earned a great demand–thanks to the drastic price cut.
Analyst Shaw Wu told AppleInsider that HP’s decision is both “surprising and confusing.”
Despite the high demand that the lowering of prices has created for the HP TouchPad, sources [...]
The TouchDroid project, which was supposed to produce a port of Android that can replace the webOS operating system on the HP TouchPad, is currently going through a bumpy ride.
Yahoo! News reports that a member of the team working on the TouchDroid project has allegedly misused funds donated to the project and has allegedly misrepresented the group.
Thomas Sohmers, the project’s leader, told media that a member of his team used project funds to buy HP TouchPad units and resold the units for profit. The same team member also allegedly removed TouchDroid’s Twitter account and deleted files that are crucial to the project.
The said team member [...]
According to a report from Digitimes, Samsung is considering buying webOS from HP. Some people think that this is because of Google buying Motorola, and while this may be true to some extent, Samsung have been weighing their options for a while now.
They made the Bada OS as a back-up to Android, which is not doing too bad right now, out-selling WP7, but I’m sure they’d like it to be a lot more successful than it is. However, it’s very hard to beat Android’s momentum right now. Even Microsoft is having a hard time doing that with WP7.
And speaking of which, Samsung thought that WP7 would be their real alternative to Android, and even [...]