That there are those who are naturally inclined to counter the tide of progress is a given. Also, in every group, you are sure to find those who are unwilling to sow or reap, yet are always eager when the time comes to eat. You'll have to accept that and move forward in spite of opposition and negativity. The best approach is to turn every knock into a boost and not allow fear or pessimism to cause paralysis.
Originally Posted by RumoredNow
You are correct in your assumptions when looking at the possibilities. It is important that economies of scale be kept in mind so as to have real potential in the short list. Past actions and tendencies have to be considered also. For e.g., in the eyes of HTC, LG and Samsung, the major difference today, as far as webOS goes, is the fact that the license is out of the way. As I recall, license fees were not an issue for them because at that point (after the initial sale negotiations), they weren't interested in the platform as licensees. So as major players, what is the motivation for them today? ICS is here and, while still a bit of a mess, its better than gingerbread and honeycomb. Its ecosystem is established and thriving and these OEMs were happy in the past to just play it safe, build similar hardware and compete on a silly UI overlay (Sense UI vs whatever). I dont think the approach has changed and we all know that the entrenched have a tendency to rest until they no longer have a choice. It's for these reasons - in spite of scale - that I'm suggesting we focus on the upcoming players.
At the entry level and mid range, Pantech, Meizu, Xiaomi and other smaller OEMs could really make a splash. This could be profound in emerging markets. At the high end, our area of interest, the potential is definitely there but many things, all leading to scale, will have to fall into place. For e.g., additional costs to go high end will have to be justified. There are different ways that a company does that but its all moot because we dont have their figures. My point is, it will be much more likely if an OEMs starting point for a webOS unit is the device that they have already designed and manufactured, meaning the use of Qualcomm and other parts for which there is already webOS compatibility. This minimizes development, testing and gov't certification costs. Lets say it comes down to a simple matter of adding a gesture area to one of their existing devices, then the focus shifts from one of additional cost to one of market demand. This is where the grassroots will have to show their strength and creativity.
Things are not out of reach. This can happen w/ careful planning, networking and communication. Having a big gun or two as a liaison between groups will help, so reaching out to industry movers has to be part of the plan (Phil McKinney? Josh Topolsky? The Pope? Lionel Messi?). While we're at it, we may as well prepare to think outside. I believe in putting my $$ where my mouth is (especially when I have mayo & ketchup) so at the very least, the 'grassroots' should be willing to put out - Kickstarter style - to secure some sort of commitment from an OEM. If that will cannot be demonstrated then we're just blowing hot air.