That makes it even more intriguing. They (Google) sink MILLIONS into a mobile OS with no hope of direct profit. Because they see where the future lies and put themselves in a position to profit over the long term. And HP does not, apparently. Guess they think they will be selling the same type of desktops and laptops forever.
Originally Posted by rnld
Not many other companies could do the same. It would have to a company with tentacles in other areas which could benefit from intelligently linked activity on the mobile side:
Microsoft - Business and consumers OS, software and now gaming
HP - consumer and business computers, software services, printers
There may be one or two others, but none come immediately to mind. Maybe a Facebook, but if they jump on, I'll jump off.
But HP didn't do it and Microsoft has not yet figured out how to. Its why I don't have hope for some savior to swoop in and save everything. There is no 'one-trick-pony' (a company which makes only phones or tablets) who can make it in this environment.
And, yes, given that they had no distinguishing features to their tablet as compared to the competition, thinking they would sell more than anyone else was bizarre at best.