03/10/2010, 07:24 PM
I've read plenty of posts from my fellow Pre/Pixi owners wondering why developers aren't jumping at WebOS. Let me share a little inside knowledge.
I work within an organization that, among other things, is responsible for development of software for mobile platforms.
We, like any organization (from single developer shops to Microsoft-sized organizations with thousands of developers) have to pick and choose. It is simply not possible to pick up every project that anyone wants.
The others in my organization have iPhones and Blackberry devices. Several are Windows Mobile. So far, I am the only WebOS person and we have no Android.
When we survey our audience, we get back results that show that most of our mobile users are iPhone.
So, without any regard to the merits of various platforms, the numbers are clear: we hit the most number of people by going for iPhone.
We have a very limited budget for development, so if we can only pick one platform, it's got to be iPhone.
As much as, personally, want to see our products available for the WebOS platform and as much as I, personally, know that without products, the WebOS platform will flop... how can I possibly justify spending limited dollars on developing for the WebOS platform when we only have resources to pick one platform?
All the righteous indignation doesn't mean anything when you're asking someone else to put their business on the line.
So, here's my suggestion for those that are just plain angry that company XYZ doesn't have a WebOS app or has no current plans: put up your own funds.
I'm sure that if enough WebOS users were to send "donations" to the developer of your favorite PalmOS/iPhone app to fund their development of a WebOS version, they'd do it.
I can't speak for CESD of Pimlico Software, but I'm sure if a check came his way for $200,000 to fund his working on a WebOS version of DateBk, his business priorities might change.
So, what I'd like to propose is that the PreCentral community get together and collect money to "seed" developers to write for WebOS. Sort of "venture capital."
If you're thinking "I'm not going to put up my own money for an app that may or may not sell enough for me to get my investment back," then you're answered the question about why others are not.
And you know why my management has no plans for WebOS. Because, like you, they aren't willing to put up the money for what may or may not yield a sufficient number of customers.