08/18/2011, 06:02 PM
It is a sad day to see what was and still is a very elegant and advanced operating system being effectively killed by a large corporate, however it doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who knows how historically Hp operate. It was always going to be a big ask for any webOS product to gain traction in the market, and ultimately Hp was never going to be the right partner to achieve this.
Unfortunately, the chances of another vendor such as HTC or Samsung picking up webOS and porting it to their own devices is nil. These guys are selling Android handsets as quickly as they can make them, and there is no benefit in picking up a platform with little market share. Samsung have already been there with Bada, and seen limited success.
Currently there are people trying to put a spin on the Google/Motorola deal in that this will cause upheaval and nervousness with the Android OEM's, however the reality is far from this. Google are purchasing Motorola as an insurance policy for Android. Google understand that success is measured by market penetration, and they want to "own" the user and not the hardware. They will not jeopardise the relationships they have in place with existing manufacturers. The Google/Moto deal won't result in seeing webOS on a Galaxy S2, however much this might be everyone's perfect wet dream
Ultimately the best thing that could happen for webOS is for it to be purchased by Google, and to see some of the finest bits of it folded into the Android OS. webOS needs a company that is fully committed to software R&D. Hp have proved they don't have the stomach for this, and with the exception of Bada, Samsung and HTC wouldn't be prepared to take on the commitment and cost that webOS would need to keep it viable