04/30/2011, 01:41 PM
I'm not sure if this is the right place for this post, or if I'm going to say or ask anything that hasn't come up before, but, are we devotees of WebOS tilting at windmills?
You can look at this on several levels, not in any particular order:
1) HP/Palm dragging their heels for SOOO long.
2) The established strength of both Android and IOS to that end...
3) Public and develop interest (there was just an article published on this sight the other day, indicating that WebOS isn't even on the public or developer radar. A programmer friend of mine has suggested that "the world doesn't need another mobile operating system. It has Android and IOS, and those are the ones that developers consider lucrative. Why would they take a risk with WebOS?"
4) There is a dearth of new 1.2 to 1.5Ghz dual core devices with 1GB of RAM. And, it has been suggested, at least on the Android front, that software over the next year will be tweaked to take advantage of this firepower. The Pre 3 is a single core, 512K RAM device. Assuming it finally comes to a service provider near you, it may be tomorrows OS, but it's yesterdays hardware. to that end...
5) (Back to developers) If there is a hope of luring developers over to WebOS, doesn't it make sense that those developers should see a competitive correlation between WebOS devices and Android devices to give them a reason to choose one over the other? Or, at least, to convince them that it is worth writing for multiple platforms, because WebOS devices will have what it takes to carve out market share? If many of the new Android devices pack twice the fire power of the Pre 3, that may be a deal breaker for many developers.
6) HP has been touted as a good hardware company, but NOT a good marketing company. And WebOS needs BOTH.
Don't get me wrong. I love WebOS and I have a spare Pre for when mine ultimately dies. And, I'm REALLY hoping that Sprint ultimately gets a WebOS device so I don't have to make the hard leap to Android. But, with so many dual core, 1GB RAM devices coming out now, cross-provider, it's hard to say that a device with essentially, half that power, coming out in another 3-4 months, will open to the public fanfare that we all hope for.
Ultimately, WebOS needs what it needed to begin with...
1) Amazing pre-release marketing a la iPhone, that successfully creates product knowledge AND drives interest.
2) An app store fully stocked and ready to roll from day one (which depends entirely upon developer interest.
3) Killer hardware to match the amazing OS.
Is this what we have to look forward to? Or will we have more of the greatest OS nobody cares about?
Thanks for reading.