08/09/2011, 06:23 PM
I don't agree with that at all. Why would developers support and invest time and money in a platform that has not proven itself yet? WebOS has been around for years already, and the Pre, Pre Plus, and Pre 2 were all huge flops in their own right (P+ and P2 more so than the original Pre). We all know the reasons why each was a flop, but part of the reason was all about timing (even Rubi admitted this one). By the time the exclusivity deal with Sprint was over, the launch of the P+ on VZW was completely overshadowed by the Moto Droid. If they had gotten the original Pre to market faster, then the P+ could have come out faster and potentially have gone head to head with Droid, or even better, gotten a head start. People were clamoring for a great smartphone with a capable browser, emailing, messaging, etc. on Verizon, and flocked to the first thing that was released; the Droid. Let's face it; releasing a phone on Sprint and trying to make that a trend setter was just not a smart move. Perhaps the even dumber move was waiting 5 months after showcasing it to release it. Even with a Sprint only launch, the device was getting a ton of press for a few months after CES 2009. Then the press faded as the timeline for release kept getting pushed back. Same thing is happening again. And don't give me talk about the "official press release". The devices were announced on Feb 9th, all three of them; and one took 3 months, the other took 6 months, and the other took 5 months, and the last is still not released.
Originally Posted by i2y4n
And that's why HPs Feb 9th conference is them not learning from their past mistakes (their meaning the Palm group and the Palm group within HP). How were the Touchpad and The market loses interest fast. They've already lost most and the few loyal ones who stick around are getting screwed left and right (think Touchpad early adopters).