No argument from me re the resources, as even if they still have sufficient manpower to get this done, the turbulence resulting from such a large number of layoffs/reassignments will likely make things chaotic for months to come. Bad timing yet again, it seems.
Originally Posted by dignitary
Re the sideloading of the Google Market though, I don't see it as a major issue, for 3 reasons:
1) OpenMobile's software could likely govern app installation
If I'm understanding things correctly, the installation of an app purchased from an app market would have to be performed by the ACL software, due to the differences between the Android and webOS environments, settings, etc. As such, OpenMobile could likely restrict the implementation to only install apps coming from the HP App Catalog
2) The motivation to sidestep the HP App Catalog would be low.
The vast majority of people who'll be interested in this are those that like webOS and want to stick with it, as those that don't care already have a very stable alternative in Cyanogenmod's CM9 implementation, and CM9 is being continuously improved. Those that want webOS to continue to exist, and want to be able to have Android apps inside webOS are unlikely to turn around and buy an app they want in a manner that cuts out the very people they are depending on to keep webOS afloat and keep the Android apps flowing - even if HP had to do something like add a $1 premium to each app sold in order to cover the additional costs and give OpenMobile their cut. I could see people sidestepping in cases where the developer of an Android app they really want hasn't gotten around to, or can't be bothered to submit their app to HP, but for the rest of the apps they want, if they are in the HP App Catalog, that's where they'll buy them.
3) There's a tradeoff to sidestepping the HP App Catalog
As some mentioned above, they expect some apps will fail to install due to permissions they are going to require which webOS will not grant them. So if you're sidestepping the App Catalog, you're possibly going to be doing a lot of trial and error if it turns out that a lot of apps have that issue.