And they will continue to 'adapt" (steal, if you prefer) the best from each other as long as there no copyright ramifications.
Each manufacturer started out with distinctive features. It was up to them to shore up their weaknesses and improve their overall product. Apple has done that, Google has really done that. Microsoft has not, and let's not even talk about RIM.
I saw the "touch- to-share" Samsung ad last week and almost spit out my eggnog. Inductive charging is now being touted as a cool feature by some. The 'poor man's' implementation of multi-tasking in Android's current OS is another example. And did you see the Android ad where one guys say to the other something to the effect of "You have 2 applications running at the same time?"
Remember when all of those were dismissed as meaningless features. (won't talk about the phone Ad I saw where some Android manufacturer was touting Beats audio...).
The fact is webOS had the seeds for success...but the hardware was never improved, and sorely needed to be. The OS didn't mature at all (it could be argued that we are at version 1.7.x rather than a version 2.x), and all of the executive suite distractions pretty much doomed any catchup campaign.
It is almost enough to make you cry. As I hang on to my aging Pre2, knowing that it will most likely be my last webOS phone, I wonder what the future will be. Apple? Android? Or some company yet to make a mark ?
Waiting for the OpenOS project to bear fruit, but the competition is not standing still either - so while my heart is with them, I'm not expecting to see OpenOS become a game changer in the market.
If the other are going to shamelessly "borrow" from webOS, at least get it right! So far, I haven't seen anything that has.