I think this post reflects much of what I believe is/was happening with HP, and the quaqmire associated with webOS.
Originally Posted by polaris_silvertree
Contrary to how many feel about HP, I believe the road back to mobility was better served through webOS. Granted, LG may prove me wrong, but it still doesn't change the dynamics between HP and their mobile plans for the future.
HP didn't get to be No. 1 in the computer hardware business by being part of the "middling" crowd. Their foray into Android strikes me as a "meh" opportunity. One that will be extremely difficult to ascend to the top - almost impossible if I was to bet. But at this point in time, Android seems like a safe and under the radar return to mobile computing.
HP trying the Microsoft route may be fortuitous in some distant future, but right now that platform seems to be a struggle for the MS-DOS boys. They are are no longer a bunch of geeks seeking approval of the Suits, the Men in Black who desperately needed a system to fit their Box of parts. What's different today, is that MS is jumping into the pool, instead of designing it and filling it up themselves. Again, for HP this OS seems like a mild attempt to re-enter the Mobile world.
The bigger picture here - when it comes to what takes precedence - is that one has to take into account the necessary repairs to HP, and a need to stabilize their financial position. Essentially, it boils down to money. Which for Shareholders, has been a fairly substantial loss - real or paper. For her part, Meg has managed to top Analyst's expectations, making the road a little easier to transverse.
As such, confidence in HP has (had) to return to a reasonable level, in order for webOS to have had any chance to "reboot" itself back into the mainstream of mobile computing. I'm still trying to understand the complexities of this LG-HP trade-off, but IMO, this could turn out to be a bigger f*#k-up by HP, then anything they did in shutting down webOS last year.
I certainly didn't expect any new hardware for webOS from HP - at this time. Anybody who was disappointed by the announcement (because it wasn't webOS involved), has to seriously question the understanding of business. Rebooting webOS - without a final product - had it been disasterous, would not only affect webOS, but it could've put a final nail into HP's coffin.
Being back from the dead is what counted most for HP. After that, the next goal is to regain their title. Android won't get them there, and Windows has too many questions. It's possible another platform can help HP ascend back to the throne, but seeing as they have it (or had it), why not reboot what you have.
From my perspective, webOS - a platform even in it's minimalist cave men persona - is still more civilized then anything out there.