08/16/2012, 03:43 AM
I hope there is no official "Gram" discussion thread yet (didn't find one) so I start this here.
First and foremost, as an austrian having german as mother tongue (for germans: yes it really IS a german dialect... lol) here something interesting about the word "Gram".
English "gram" would mean "Gramm" in german language, means basically the same = a unit of weight, albeit a very small one.
But there is also the word "Gram" in german, which means "grief" if translated to english, which is probably fitting as many WebOS fans might feel a lot of that at the moment
As for the HP outsourcing the WebOS GBU into the company "Gram", I see this with as we say "a crying and a laughing eye".
IMHO the aspects to this are as such:
1) (positive) getting rid of the "looser" image of HP and WebOS, that clings to the brand ever since the Leo-cataclysm.
2) (positive) HP being the biggest hardwaremanufacturer has a hard time convincing another (competitive) hardwaremanufacturer to put an OS on their devices, that is produced by HP but in which HP has not enough trust to put it on their own devices. A seperate company like Gram might have a better angle on that market.
BUT, and now for the bad points ...
3) (negative) the whole thing cries "PALM SOURCE" very loudly, a venture that was a grave mistake and was certainly one of the major reasons for Palms downslide.
4) (negative) It is now probably easier for HP to reduce or cut the funding of the new company anytime and force them to get more funding from the market (which might be good again, motivation wise). Seeing the 8 bil $ writeoff of the last quarter, I would presume the Gram funding is a step in that direction (cut loose things, where profit chances are slim)
5) (neutral) if they had used "Palm" instead of "Gram" they would have had (at least in US) a known name to connect to on the market. On the other hand, the name Gram wipes the slate clean and you can start anew, with all the problems and benefits included...
So yes, I do not yet know what to make of it, as the company themselves does not give us ANYTHING to hint us in the direction they are going.
Is the AppCatalog being serviced ongoing?
Are they looking for new licensees (smartphone/tabletproducers)
In the best of cases, we will have an ongoing AppCatalog and new Hardware with openWebOS soon ( which I hope, but don't dare to believe)
In the worst of cases, they sell patents off until their is nothing left...
Probably we will experience something inbetween...