I'm glad you said that. I don't know if it's really going to be 15,000 (as was speculated in another thread), but I found the cynicism in that thread to be disappointing. This is supposed to be a WebOS forum, but it seems that many are determined to make it anit-. But, I digress; here's the point of my response:
Originally Posted by angiest
I read the linked article, and found this slightly off-topic pice to be of interest:
I'd never heard of Fearless Studios, so I did a quick web search. They're a game company, with some fairly impressive credentials (the creative guys came from LucusArts). That was cool. They're hiring, that's also cool. Team that together with the comments on quoted in the article, it sounds like they're looking at WebOS as one of their early platforms on which to develop. That's really cool.
“Working with HP and the webOS ecosystem has been fantastic,” said Haden Blackman, co-president and chief creative officer of Fearless Studios, a game company recently started by Blackman and fellow LucasArts alum, Cedrick Collomb. “It’s a perfect fit with our core values as a company – creative risks mitigated by smart technology choices. Because the platform is so accessible and developer-friendly, we’ve been able to build the game we want to build.”
“We love the TouchPad and the webOS platform for game development,” added Collomb, chief technology officer, Fearless Studios. “It’s built from the ground up for seamless connectivity between devices and it’s an open platform, which makes development that much easier.”
But then I noticed the date of their press release about their formation - October 12, 2010. This was shortly after Apotheker was named CEO, and just about the time that HP was beginning to really ramp up development with WebOS.
Coincidence? I really don't think so. I suspect that there are a lot of companies, startups and established companies, that HP has been working with behind the scenes. Yes, the have both reach and the ability to do that without attracting a lot of attention.
I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of newly announced products, services, and apps very quickly. If not at the release of the TP, then shortly after.