08/19/2011, 07:22 AM
Probably like a lot of other folks out here on PreCentral I had to have a few drinks after hearing HP's announcement yesterday. I can't say that I'm surprised about their actions, more so surprised about how cold they seemed to turn on Palm and blame them for all of their problems.
Anyway, for a couple of weeks now I've been thinking that this was probably HP's plan from the beginning when Mark Hurd was still there. After Palm's acquisition, Hurd made the statement that Palm wasn't purchased for their smartphones. After the community's reaction to that statement there was a bit of a retraction and the statement was downplayed as a gaffe.
I thought that chances were that HP would decide to license WebOS to smartphone manufacturers and keep their tablets to themselves. The smartphone world moves much quicker than PC or tablets which is why the Pre3 which would have been upper line if it was released in Feb. when it was announced would be bottom of the barrel today.
I really hope that they can come up with a licensing deal with one or more cell manufacturer. The way that the discontinuation was presented seemed to discourage any possible suitor from wanting to use it. I hope that I'm wrong.
"If" WebOS were to be licensed by one or more manufacturer and the manufacturer actually cared about making devices, maybe we'd start to see some apps out of exclusivity deals...and I wouldn't have a problem with that, look at Android. There may be a Netflix app but it is only certified to run on certain devices. It wasn't until their community figured out how to remove a hardware restriction and side load it did it really become available to most of their devices. Maybe fragmentation and competition within WebOS would help it.
I'm trying to be optimistic and don't want to see WebOS ride off into the sunset, but I do hear that nagging voice saying I'm stupid for wanting that too. I love my Touchpad, if Pre3 comes to US market I still want one so I can sync with the TP. If HP does decide to completely kill off WebOS, I would be upset, have a few drinks about it, but would move on. But if that were to happen I do hope that someone within HP who understands how great WebOS is and is as passionate about it as the developer community is will either fight to get it open sourced instead of killed off, or leak the code to the public.
Sorry to ramble, I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents to anyone who cares to read it and unlike most of my offline friends, actually knows and also cares about the topic I'm spouting off about.