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Old 12/09/2011, 01:09 PM   #41 (permalink)
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The real question is what is happening to HP employess - any layoffs?
IMHO HP will keep them to continue developing webos and make sure it is ready for anyone in the world interested to make hardwares with webos on.
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:10 PM   #42 (permalink)
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I wonder if those manufacturers using Android and having to pay licensing fees to Microsoft will consider using webOS instead.
If you look at the patents they are paying fees on, MS would still expect to get paid. The only thing that stoped MS from seeking patent royalties from HP and the like is, 1) the buy a bajillion copies of Windows, 2) they have more than their fair share of patents to beat MS over the head with if they wanted to.

MS isn't strongarming companies *just* because they use android. They are stronarming companies that use android *and* don't have much defense against it.

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Old 12/09/2011, 01:14 PM   #43 (permalink)
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If you look at the patents they are paying fees on, MS would still expect to get paid. The only thing that stoped MS from seeking patent royalties from HP and the like is, 1) the buy a bajillion copies of Windows, 2) they have more than their fair share of patents to beat MS over the head with if they wanted to.

MS isn't strongarming companies *just* because they use android. They are stronarming companies that use android *and* don't have much defense against it.

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Not to mention there's not much money (well it's a lot to you and me, not worth it for MS) in asking for royalties from 1% of the market But if webOS does make it to new devices that sell, you can bet both Apple and MS are going to want a piece. Nothing is really free, is it?
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:19 PM   #44 (permalink)
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So what would it take to put webOS on GSII? Can't the Android capacitive button area be made to act like a gesture area? Back swipe can be swiping left across the left two buttons in order from right to left.
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:20 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Good decision HP! And its good for the community. But no new hardware from HP or another manufacturer like Samsung is not that good. We have to wait and see.
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:25 PM   #46 (permalink)
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So what would it take to put webOS on GSII?


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Old 12/09/2011, 01:32 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:36 PM   #48 (permalink)
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if using WebOS over Android means that HTC no longer has to pay M$ for licensing fees, look for them to port Davlik and start porting it to their hardware asap. That will make things very interesting
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:37 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Quad core webOS tablet and phone

Who will make that happen? Asus? HTC? LG?
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:39 PM   #50 (permalink)
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if using WebOS over Android means that HTC no longer has to pay M$ for licensing fees, look for them to port Davlik and start porting it to their hardware asap. That will make things very interesting
HTC will not drop Android for webOS.
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:45 PM   #51 (permalink)
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HTC will not drop Android for webOS.
if it saves them $8 a phone it will. They sell millions of phones, that means millions of dollars.
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:47 PM   #52 (permalink)
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They sell millions of Android phones.
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:49 PM   #53 (permalink)
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I can see Chinese companies using it.. Meuizu (sp?)... Baidu... Would be great for them.
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:51 PM   #54 (permalink)
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I can see Chinese companies using it.. Meuizu (sp?)... Baidu... Would be great for them.
This is the more likely scenario. Low-end phones from smaller manufacturers who haven't cracked the Android Big Leagues. It will keep webOS alive, but not on superphones like the SGS2.
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:52 PM   #55 (permalink)
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HTC will not drop Android for webOS.
Even if HTC made one, the carriers are NOT going to certify it. They're scared of the OS for phones. Wifi-only tablets sold exclusively online, possibly (Archos and others in china immediately spring to mind). Phones by any major mobile device vendor in the US/Europe? Not gonna happen.
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:55 PM   #56 (permalink)
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Old 12/09/2011, 01:58 PM   #57 (permalink)
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The thing is that makes it a good choice is that the Chinese market is so huge... Meizu now has a Chinese language droid phone... They do it in webos, capture a gazillion Chinese/Asian users with their own ecosystem... Then they will have that stickiness that companies like apple enjoy. Then you can go from a dominating Asian market and go global.

Baidu has always been compared to google... This would almost be a no brainer for them to have an OS like this available for them that has gained people's attention and respect.

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This is the more likely scenario. Low-end phones from smaller manufacturers who haven't cracked the Android Big Leagues. It will keep webOS alive, but not on superphones like the SGS2.
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Old 12/09/2011, 02:01 PM   #58 (permalink)
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This is the more likely scenario. Low-end phones from smaller manufacturers who haven't cracked the Android Big Leagues. It will keep webOS alive, but not on superphones like the SGS2.
I bet HTC & LG will jump ship to webOS too. They may not drop Android, but having another OS on their phone will be their advantage against samsung & motorola.
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Old 12/09/2011, 02:04 PM   #59 (permalink)
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Even if HTC made one, the carriers are NOT going to certify it. They're scared of the OS for phones. Wifi-only tablets sold exclusively online, possibly (Archos and others in china immediately spring to mind). Phones by any major mobile device vendor in the US/Europe? Not gonna happen.
Wait, didn't you just say almost the opposite right here?:

http://forums.precentral.net/webos-o...ml#post3260936
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Old 12/09/2011, 02:08 PM   #60 (permalink)
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I agree with auTONYmous, what killed webOS is the ability to hack it to death. Carriers don't want to allow users to bypass their money grabs such as tethering.
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