06/12/2012, 12:37 AM
webOS still has a chance. (I want to share with you an article I wrote today. Keeping us positive if the best way to provide good ideas to the future of webOS)
In the years before the smartphones multitouch era initiated by Apple re- inventing the phone, there were a clear worlds smartphone market share between top two , Palm OS with the Treos and RIM with the Blackberries. The fight for the first spot was just between this two mobile giants.
After that, so proud of what they have done , none of them gave even a side eye to the reality of the smartphone market. It was 2006 the iPhone was rising its first version NO stylus NO physical keyboard. A phone to interact with you using your 5 fingers instead. Called a MULTITOUCH screen phone.
Google decided to enter the mobile and bought Android Inc in 2005. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system) Google announced the first Android smartphone the T-Mobile G1. Year 2008, and with physical keyboard. Two years after the launch of the first iPhone.
February 2009 HTC Magic was the World's Second Android Phone with virtual keyboard. HTC Magic is the World's Second Android Phone - HotHardware
In June 2009 T-Mobile second Android phone was the My Touch 3G with a virtual keyboard and matching the iPhone 3GS. T-Mobile Will Drop Its Second Android Phone, The myTouch 3G, This August For $199. | TechCrunch
Palm waited 2,5 years to react after no one wanted the Treos anymore and launched the Palm Pre in June 6, 2009. The Palm foolishness in keeping making the Pre , Pre Plus.Pre 2 and Pre 3 as the Treos but sliders was a tremendous mistake. The only difference between the Treos and the Pres was the OS, the Treos with Palm OS of the touch era and the Pres webOS of the multitouch era.
I insist the foolishness of keeping the physical keyboard and not making an slate smartphone form factor hardware was a great failure.
It happens in marketing when you are blind and you don`t see what the consumer wants You can launch a 100 times a phone with the same form factor pattern and you are getting shot yourself (literally) a 100 times over and over again.
HP big marketing professional staff division did not see it coming , the team did not look the past and the present to project a better future.
However webOS had some bugs and issues on its first versions. Updates via OTA came several times and fixed them.
And the foolishness continued with the Touchpad, launching with less hardware features than the market, and HP was offering it at the same price . An inferior plastic shape look for the world best mobile OS, webOS. The results, the device was took away with a price drop to $99.- and the end of manufacturing webOS mobile devices, at all. August 2011.
webOS still has a chance.
webOS slate smartphone.
A company doesn`t need to launch several devices models to get a spot in the mobile market.
A slate smartphone with the latest hardware technology and a software with better and more features than the today competitors could bring out, is enough.
After all you will need a prototype to demo the webOS 1.0 open source to worldwide customers.
Make a market test and sell it online on yours and via retailers stores ,but unlocked to work with most carriers worldwide.
But remember consumers wanted and want high ended smartphones to make them use the 5 fingers on multi touch screens, at least most of them.
Apple continues to sue over and over again Samsung, HTC and any android who threat its market pie share. Apple is suing Samsung for old and new devices releases, and what ever it comes out and will not stop.
That is an advantage webOS will have in September 2012, when HP releases webOS open source 1.0. Samsung, HTC and android mobile makers devices will opt for an alternative to avoid these unlikely legal battles that don`t have an end.