It probably *does* look better to Samsung or whoever BUT I think that is merely a side effect of HP's attempt to rid themselves of the hardware as quickly as possible. I don't think anyone at HP expected the resulting tsunami of interest.
Originally Posted by kill_Dano
If HP had really been interested in wooing potential licensees, they wouldn't have cast such a dark cloud over webOS by so publicly trashing/dumping it before they even found a suitor.
Of course, Leo wants to kill webOS and the PSG group would probably have been more than happy to continue on with it.
I suppose if PSG were to completely split themselves off from HP proper and gain some autonomy (as HP gains Autonomy, har har) you might see more tablets... the only question is who ends up with webOS.
Yes, I know a lot of people have assumed, and many still do (rightfully) that the software is at a dead end but people in PSG have continued to stress that development will continue on webOS (at least for the near future). PSG seems to really like webOS, Leo does not.
By quit, I mean stop working on webOS in all manners, and just do the bare minimum to sell it to someone else. HP said that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices. The term operations pretty much implies more than quitting hardware... It sound more like quiting webOS development and everything... I know they since clarified that it was only hardware production, but most people were worried about software updates, the app ecosystem and such. It seems to have survived and still going well based on recent updates and continued work.
Yes, I'm sure HP made it worth their while to do it BUT that was an agreement put into place LONG before the hardware line was canned. Even though it was was released after the fact, it's NOT a sign of continued support any more than the free 50GB at box.net is a sign... it's all stuff that was already paid for promised, etc...
If you think quckoffice devs spent the time making document editing only to give it away for free on a seemingly dead platform you are wildly mistaken. HP has made it worth their wild, and likely helped develop it.
Even all the apps that people see tumbling out into the App Catalog now, and point to as signs of support, are mostly updates that were already in the pipeline before the axe fell.
I wasn't proven wrong at all. HP has contracts with their manufacturers that have to be settled in some way (see the recent news on suppliers being stuck with parts for 100k worth of 7" tablets as an example).
Today you were basically proven dead wrong by HP. Also notice how they have not announced the pricing of the new, to-be manufactured Touchpads. I still think the 250-300 price range will pan out.
Apparently HP had ordered production at a rate of 400-450k per month. It's safe to assume that 800k were built and in the system for June and July. No doubt quite a few were made at the beginning of August and there is absolutely no doubt that when production was suddenly halted, the factories were sitting around with tons and tons of parts for the TP. HP would probably have to buy out the remainder of the contract anyway. It only makes sense, since there is demand, to go ahead and let them build the rest with the remainder and sell them off.
I really don't believe that HP has decided to build more on a brand new contract, and sell them at a horrible loss, just to please people.
Now... could PSG do this to string production along and then do something new if they get out from under leo's thumb? Seems unlikely but it's a nice thought. Right now, I just want a Pre 3.