Originally Posted by hcoleman
Thanks, sorry, I didn't mean specifically for Smartphones ... I tried to keep my comment broad / more general to encompass all situations by saying any hardware, but I meant moreso for tablets ... I know that there is almost zero chance that smartphone users will want to purchase another OS when every 18-24 months they can get new hardware for free / almost free on a new contract / contract renewal ... phones are essentially disposable devices with most consumers I'm thinking, having zero attachment. So really, it would probably only be diehard webOS fans who would pay.
I acknowledge and have faith in the work that webOS Ports is doing and do support them, but there could possibly be some devices for which HP / Gram would have better access to resources for the porting process.
As a Tablet OS for end users, I think that could some sort of market, seeing that end users are more likely to hang on to their tablets, and could possibly see the benefits in the UI of webOS. Yes, Android is free, but free does not necessarily mean good ... I'm sure that there are some people out there that would consider this option.
But like I said, I think this would be just ONE approach ... I mean surely Gram / HP can't be pinning all their hopes on community dev / targetting ODMs ... Don't get me wrong, I think the community is and always has done an amazing job with webOS, but if HP / Gram is realistically trying to get to No3 Mobile OS, wouldn't you think they would use the shotgun approach and just try explore every avenue possible to drive adoption / monetize webOS? I think it is in this way that upper level management of HP will be more willing to throw additional funding Gram's way / incorporate some sort of webOS into their long-term plans again..
Damn, i know we're not supposed to be thinking about the past anymore, but damn, how different things would have been if Leo wasn't so set on turning HP into IBM