10/28/2011, 06:46 PM
OK, so I had this really scary thought/question today while reading the latest WebOS news.
So here is my question:
I was lucky enough to get a Pre 3 and 3 Touchpads during the fire sale. I activated mine (and love it!) and saved the Pre 3 and the other 2 Touchpads completely unopened in their boxes. I am planning to give these as holiday gifts.
I also have read our 'WebOS' emergency plan page in case we have to walk into the void without any HP support at all. At a basic level, I understand that even in the worst case scenario, we'll have to pull our sleeves, do some linux code lines and other tweaks to keep on truckin' on our active phones and TPs.
BUT... Should I open the TPs and Pre3 now, activate them, run the latest update, even download some of the Free apps etc... while HP is maintaining the Synergy servers, etc...?? To make sure they get activated and have a profile in case of total shutdown? or would we still be able to 'activate' devices and access preware to load apps?
The emergency plan doesn't address whether the app store can also be 'independently' maintained post WebOS shutdown.... I assume keeping what you have is doable, but what about new device activation/app store? Will Preware and the wonderful Internalz team and Jason be absorbing the current app store in Preware?
So, for those who know, what say you? Assuming Im planning to give these away in Xmas and Feb 2012, should I get them our of the box, and activate them now? or should I wait. I don't want to give an 'opened' TP if I don't have to, but that's a minor consideration vs. how new devices can (or cannot) be activated post shutdown.
I also want to know. I was planning to buy another TP and a Verizon Pre3, but I don't want to do it if the post-WebOS-apocalypse plan doesn't include activation/synergy/app store.