03/04/2009, 02:50 PM
Zbop, great points. I agree they are compelling. I think your parsing and more properly defining webOS (even with its "OS") as not quite just an operating system is helpful.
Still though, getting developers is highly dependent on economies of scale. I still do wonder about the question of getting a lot of the software platform out there given the numbers the other guys have. Of course, the great majority of people don't add any apps, but Palm amy want to.
Bryan. I don't mostly disagree but inertia goes both ways and it is not a pejorative that some might read into its usage in the case of wM. Strong Inertial forward movement has great persistence, it also lends to being built upon for greater movement since it brings with it future leverage.
I think people like most readers here or on gizmodo or engadet have a perspective bias when it comes to WM because it isn't sexy, despite its continued growth. We can talk about symbians market share, or iphone newness, but in terms of power and size WM is still the monster and there is no reason not tho think it wont have 100 million users in 24 months or so.
Overall I find your points compelling and they probably reflect what Palm has been thinking and will think about it although I don't rule out completely. Thank you.
Now for the other side of the coin:
How about adopting the Pre form factor for WM if the form is well received per se? I can see the downside with some mixed messaging, but for a lot of environments (and apps), and individuals you wont see webOS uptake and there is also a strong upside in potential sales. Also you wont see Palm doing any trash talking about WM since they are vested for another 18 months or so with the Pro.
I think that is doubtful as well, but what do you all see as the rewards and liabilities of that?