Personally, I DONT CARE ABOUT ECOSYSTEMS!
Originally Posted by cgk
To be honest, this was one of the draws for me with webOS. I'd rather not be tied down to any ecosystem but rather have a way to use "synergy" to bring all of my stuff together into one device...a mobile device.
Back when webOS first came out the concept of an app and content ecosystem was in its early days. Many people buying smartphones then did so as a natural evolution of their PDAs. Palm introduced a way to bring all of your information from yahoo, google, exchange, facebook etc into one MOBILE device. This had always been possible in some way or the other on the desktop but not in the mobile space...atleast not as elegantly and effectively as webOS promised. Just look back the introduction of webOS in 2009 at CES and you can easily see how this was a major praise for webOS...not so much on app or content ecosystems...this wasnt a priority then.
Fast forward to now and many people are tied down to iOS or android or microsoft ecosystems because of apps or music/videos/books they've bought. Its incovenient to move from one system to another, even despite efforts by amazon, google, dropbox, etc with their cloud solutions.. Here too palm was the first smartphone to offer cloud services, though in a rudimentary way.
I'd rather have a MOBILE device that allows me to bring in my music, videos, pics, books along with my email, calenders, contacts all in one place, ie synergy. Id still pay company X for their music downloads and company Y to store my photos...but have a way to have it in ONE place. Sure there are ways to do this on every mobile platform now but not elegantly or in my opinion, easily. Just look at the example of accessing google services on windows phones, or getting songs downloaded on itunes into other music services.
Re apps, if mobile web versions of companies' apps were still a priority I dont think much would be missed, especially with high speed LTE becoming more common and with faster device processors. But alas it seems that for the most part the mobile web has caved into "apps" due to better profits with the latter. I can easily do banking on a mobile website as an app, or access a restaurant guide, or use google maps mobile site, or check medical drug databases such as epocrates, or watch a youtube video, or even work on a word processor such as google docs if their respective websites were compatibile with many mobile browsers. Games are a different story but many people dont buy smartphones to play games only.
Long story short, if a company introduces a mobile platform without focusing too much on ONE ecosystem, with its high costs to set up, and instead figures out a way to make things flexible for people like me who dont want it all tied to one company, to bring it all together into one device, they would have my money. Focus on making strong CORE apps...email, calender, tasks, music player, video player, web browser, ebook reader, picture viewer/editor....Once upon a time I was hoping Palm would do this, but they didnt have the money and resources (manpower and money) and carrier support needed...and I was hoping HP would do this, but they didnt have the guts or the willpower or even possible dare I say it the know how to do it...
Hopefully someone will figure this out, I'm a physician...I dont have the tech knowledge to know if any of the above is even possible...but even steve jobs believed in a reality distortion, and I think it is possible in the future...I just hope its running open webOS of course. Swipe, just type, synergy...oh my!