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    Ethan McKinney:
    As HP is telling us that it foresees a tough third quarter and there is no room for financial adventures, WebOS will have to prove its value. If it does not, it could find itself on the chopping block by the end of next year.

    “Q3 is going to be another tough quarter, one in which we will be driving hard for revenue and profit,” Apotheker wrote in a note that was quoted by Bloomberg. “We have absolutely no room for profitless revenue or any discretionary expenditures.” We know that HP has a $1.2 billion investment in WebOS as well as dozens of millions in product development. You don’t throw this away that easily, but you can’t tell me that HP isn’t weighing the alternatives and thinks about adopting Windows or Android/Chrome OS. Making WebOS a success is not going to happen overnight. HP can load the software on every PC it sells (and HP sells a lot of PCs), but that does not create a user base by itself and it certainly does not automatically create a developer base that establishes and app eco system. There is not much HP currently can flaunt to hit it big with WebOS – analysts apparently have already given up that WebOS could be a sizable success as HP’s platform is a no-show in market forecasts (even if we know that those forecasts can change their tune very quickly.)

    HP will have to compete against the might of Apple’s Mac OS X/iOS platform, Google’s increasingly strong Android/Chrome OS tandem as well as Microsoft’s move into the mobile space with Windows Phone 7 and Nokia as its most significant activator. Of course, there is still RIM and Blackberry, which won’t go away either and you have an environment that is extremely competitive and hostile. How much room is there left for HP? Not much.

    HP’s hope solely rests on its capability to build a compelling and harmonic combination of Web OS and Windows that quickly attracts consumers as well as developers. The first reviews of the upcoming Veer smartphone, based on WebOS, have not been especially enthusiastic and indicate that HP should already be back at the drawing board to come up with a compelling device. To succeed, HP will need a smartphone, a tablet and a PC that outshines its rivals. Anything less, and we bet the farm that WebOS won’t be seeing 2013.
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    It's just an article with a provocative title and lazy analyzing. Nothing to see here...

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