they have not given a timeframe yet, i suspect that it will start coming to light in the next few weeks/months...
Originally Posted by CGK
hopefully they work hand in hand with one of the best homebrew community i've seen for a device in a long time in webos-internals as well as other very successful opensource projects and foundations such as ubuntu, redhat, mozilla for guidance..
they have a really snug little install base with people who have phones as well as all the people buying 'firesale' touchpads, its not super huge but its nothing that can be ignored, hp could really play this extremely right by getting a solid opensource community going and keep it very tight (organized) to avoid the fragmentation that other devices/os's have had as well as use their size to help leverage some larger companies to help out..
i got a developer touchpad a few weeks ago and i love it, i took it into the bank where my girlfriend works the day i got it and everyone there was like 'oh cool!' so i showed them some of the basic stuff and how it works and all of them were like 'its so slick! how much did it cost?' so i told them 150$ and they were blown away 'can you get me a couple for my daughters?' etc from all of the people there, so i explained to them that it has just been a developer sale and a firesale for the devices and they are basically done with the hardware so are just selling off remaining ones, to which they said 'if you can get any more let us know'.
they didn't care at all about the lifepsan of the hardware, or all the apps, they saw what they were interested in with a few minutes of me showing them what i had on mine, facebook, email, viewing webpages, watching videos, listening to music, pictures synced from my photobucket, facebook etc, ebook reading which was WAY more than enough for them to be willing to shell out 150$ for one.
every firesale that they have had so far has sold out like crazy... its not going to change, and every sale they have puts TONS of new devices into hands of people who honestly might not have ever even gotten a tablet pc (at least not for a few more years), none of the ladies at the bank would have considered even 300$ for a tablet at the moment let alone an ipad priced one, and i can guarantee you if i showed them an android tablet that was a couple hundred dollars they wouldn't have been impressed at all.. they would have been lost in the ui.
anyway.. sorry for the rant that ended up a bit offtopic
what hp has been doing tho with the firesale is getting product into peoples hands. have i sideloaded android? sure..
have i sideloaded linux into a card? sure..
do i continue to use android on my touchpad? not really.. not unless its something i very specifically need that i can't do in linux or webos.. i think that given a bit of time if the opensource community can get their hands on the right parts and work quickly webos might turn into something pretty cool, there is a lot of hype/popularity right now involving tablet computing, even ubuntu is working on 'going mobile'
i guess we will see in the next few months how it starts to pan out