True. There were a couple more essential ones you're missing:
Originally Posted by Zyphlin
- Carrier flagship device of the #1 carrier in America at the time. These devices have no carriers, much less flagship status at any of them.
- A mature Android OS with 16,000 apps or so and huge developer momentum. HP is stuck around 6,000 apps, changing its development framework, and not putting devices to support that on the market for months.
before they can do either of these, don't they need to make WebOS an actual multi-oriented OS? (e.g. onscreen keyboard, main screen in landscape, all apps functioning in Landscape)
I see no reason why something similar can't happen with a vertical slider form factor. Its a gamble of course in hoping that you get most of the other stuff right and that it overcompensates for the negatives associated with a vertical slider enough to get people to look at it without preconceptions and realize it sets it apart in a good way. However, if it goes with a landscape slider I think they have less hope of potentially becoming a design pillar (Such as the iPhone is the sub 3" slab pillar, the Droid the landscape pillar, and Evo the 4"+ pillar atm) but a more sound chance of being a solidly recieved phone.
Big bust, big Gain....or safe play but limited ceiling thing.
Personally, I think we WILL see either a landscape keyboard or a slate WebOS phone within the year...actually I think we may see both. There's been a good bit of smoke to indicate that it won't be only 2 phones released this year. However, I imagine if that's going to be their "superphone" they'd rather it come out during the Holiday cycle rather than the summer cycle.