You are right, there is still room, but they need to make some strategic moves:
Originally Posted by Mikey47
A minimum of three and a MAXIMUM of 4 models- they do not need to try to out Android Android. They operate under a different business model. Unless HP wants to lose tons of money and get nowhere, they need to avoid trying to compete with the half dozen hardware makers building Android phones. I've never had a phone I've completely liked, but if it is well built and meets my needs I'm willing to give it a try.
HP, PLEASE resist the temptation to play someone else's game. Leverage your own strengths.
All models should be functionally identical - Different form factors yes, but the same screen size, processors, etc. This will make development easier, and will make the platform experience consistent. This will be (with better build quality and the full OS API) be a major selling point against the Android some of which are stellar, others are very mediocre.
A solid, long term commitment from HP- since people typically upgrade on 2 year cycles, nothing about phone popularity is carved in stone. (also with the large numbers of currently non-smartphone users, there is room for growth. But they need to realize that it will be a at least 2 of those cycles to get real movement. Let people (Developers, carriers, potential customers) know you have the stomach to fight it out and will continually improve your product.
Use your strengths - 1) The potential to have the platform stability of Apple, with the openness of an open development platform like Android. 2) An in (HP) in the corporate world. 3) Good consumer mind share (at least in printers, just don't charge me $50 every time I charge my battery - I know a cheap shot )
Let's see what they do, they may still falter, but they can certainly succeed.