yes. i think people miss-interpreted your question as it's a what "would have happened" question not a what "will happen in the future" question.
Originally Posted by sgamao
To that point, i think you'd have faced similar problems. One both Samsung and HP are largely hardware companies in the tech space. Unlike Google, Microsoft and Apple they are not really big software countries so i think like HP they'd have struggled in bringing WebOS to the feature level of the competition and struggled to smooth out the rough edges that won't bother the faithful but annoy the hell out of the average mom and pop, non tech, just want it to work user that makes up the masses of the world.
But before you get to updating software i guess i'd wonder why Samsung, a company doing very well with Android and with it's own OS would have even wanted another OS? For maybe 4 million users? They got way more then that already. For a back up? Well at the time they had that in another OS. Plus, if you mean spending tons of money to build out relationships, a brand, build a media store, pay for deals with studios and all the other stuff the leading companies, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have done? Well I think that's an investment that they'd think twice about and possibly would either refrain from doing all together or do half *** putting Webos pretty close to where it was with HP with, other then the amazon mp3 store, not a lot of options for streaming music, movies or buying the latest movies, tv shows. Additionally if you look at that fact that companies like Google and Apple for years have been adding to their platform buy buying companies like Siri, chip makers, mapping companies, etc, i wonder would Samsung have the forethought to know what to buy to move the market or the will to do it. I mean HP didn't so i wouldn't be surprised if they wouldn't either.
In their favor Samsung makes damn near every component in phones and all the expensive ones including screens, memory, and processors. Thus, they likely could have made phones more profitable then many others. They'd would have wanted to release a hell of a lot more form factors too something i would have liked. Now that would have meant fixing the lack of a hardware keyboard if they meant slabs which i think most of their smartphones are. I'd have like that personally. They'd probably want to release in the far east where i dont' think, i may be wrong, but Palm or HP ever really did. the release. For me there are so many variables to attracting the masses and i don't for a minute believe that there was only one thing wrong with webos phones so in my opinion fix one thing and don't fix another and you could still fail and thus whether things would have gone better with samsung are dependant on if they address all issues not just a few. Still don't know why they'd have bought it at the time though.