Hi folks.

Since the end of WebOS Hardware and the dropout of HP off the smartphone and tablet market, I always said, that HP is extremely bad in reading the market.
Since years now, the trend is going mobile. Normal PCs get bought less and less, and all the nice Software become "Apps" that are driven by smartphones, pads and even TVs ...

HP has nothing that would even pass as a concept it seems. They still seem to be unsure, what to do. They might bring Win8 tablets, but maybe not, because of Surface and the general M$ strategy now (M$ will be opening their own stores).
They opensource WebOS but a) can't hold developers or b) even lay off people and c) have no marketing visible concept whatsowever. How they think to gain a hardware partner, that will put that OS on their prodict, nobody knows.
The situation is awkward anyways: being a hardware manufacturer and looking for a hardware manufacturer to use the software they produced? Not likely someone will be interested.

Now whil HP seems completely out of touch with customer needs and the market and makes a very desorientated impression, the market develops on and HP gets even more behind.
Headlines like these Exclusive: HP's $600 million GM services deal at risk: sources | Reuters tell the whole story.

While HP is looking out of the window, wondering, which product they should use for their jump into the mobile world, they have a perfect solution on the shelve with a community that cares. But the prophet is nothing worth in his own country and so they rather stumble after the others, instead of going their own way.

Sad, but HP has payed the price (sharedrop after Leos "no more hardware" announcement) and will pay even more (lost trust, lagging behind the market, etc).

Well, my 2 cents so far. How do I think this situation will develop?
Well, that depends. HP is REALLY far behind. And with every day, week, month they are behind, the gap will be more difficult to close - or at least more expensive. To get back into the market, they will need a clear strategy. Clear for themselves and clear for their customers. And they will have to follow it and not change it every other week.
They will have to look at how the big players do it. Like Samsung, who uses Android and has Bada/Tizen as fallback, they could go for a major OS and keep their own as a fallback, producing dualboot phones/tablets or at least small margins of WebOS phones/tablets to keep the OS alive. They would need to invest in the marketing of WebOS to get it back into the heads of the customers. They would have to be innovative or at least use the innovation of the community to have stand-alone features, that distinguish WebOS from other OSs. They would have to make it interesting for developers to come back to the platform and develop WebOS apps again (Enyo 2 was a good start in that direction, but nobody knows of it yet).

There would be a great many things to do, to get HP back on the tracks. But as long as the "bunny in front of the snake" paralysis keeps HP inactive, the gap grows and they won't make it very long.
To keep such a big company attractive is not the easiest thing for sure. But it is not THAT difficult, knowing what financial means there are in the back pocket to be used to get a drive on the market again.

I personally think, it is not too late yet, but a big ship like HP will take a lot of anergy and some time to be put on a new course, and if they don't start soon, they will end up a cliff...