Meg Whitman calls all-hands webOS meeting
The news was reported by PreCentral and confirmed by The Verge, HP CEO Meg Whitman has called a meeting for tomorrow to discuss webOS. You may remember that exactly one month ago, Whitman said that there would be a decision made concerning the fate of webOS within "three to four weeks".
Whitman has said that webOS would require a significant investment in order to make it successful, and HP has already spent quite a bit on it without showing that it can make the platform successful even with investment. With luck, we'll know tomorrow what the fate will be, and we'll bring it to you.
source: PreCentral via The Verge
1. Penny (Posts: 1146; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Tough situation for WebOS to be in. Thought it was a good OS, but I don't know if it can survive amongst the competition. In my opinion, it just wasn't ready for the rapid shift in the industry that came about when Apple and Android changed the game.
At this point in time, it is extremely difficult for anybody to gain any ground on iOS or Android in the market. While I wish WebOS would stick around and keep getting better, I just don't think they could do anything to make it succeed right now.
4. hepresearch (unregistered)
iOS and Android are the top dogs right now, and it seems as though the only competitor that has the resources and financing to endure long enough to find a niche in this market is Windows Phone. Symbian, Meego, and webOS simply do not have enough backing to survive, and no one who has enough resources to back any of them is willing to buy them. BlackBerry will be in the same situation shortly, if they are not already. If Apple manages to totally ban Samsung's Android products, then they will probably be able to devote more energy to bada and/or Tizen, and I suppose they may stand a chance as well with proper backing from Samsung and others.
2. antifanboy (banned) (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
I wish they'd stick with it. It's a good OS.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5751; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
All hands means everyone on the webOS team is getting a pink slip. Sucks.
5. vijaysivakula (Posts: 164; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
Hope the pink slip for everyone is not true. I have an HP Pre 3 myself and it is a fantastic device. Handles everything as smooth as any other high-end device. Listen to this HP and listen well -
If you want WebOS to be a great platform without worrying about the investment then MAKE IT OPEN SOURCE. Share the OS with other manufacturers with a nominal licensing fee so they can churn out many more devices than you can. When there are more devices in the market then the platform itself is a success. Iron out the chinks in the platform and get a team of developers in every country to create applications for the platform. This is the only investment you have to do and am sure you can get many good programmers at a low cost considering the bad financial status now. Whatever you do now will stick around for a long time. Let that be a strong positive reputation.
6. zahmed (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Agreed, WEB OS may only be successful if it is made open source with an optimum liscensing fee. At least, its way better than WP 7 and deserves to survive and has potential to compete.
7. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
I think they should go all in with a Touchpad 2 and a line of new Pre, they should make a tablet that is WebOS powered, smooth performance, thin, and they need to invest considerably into the apps. Don't forget they ship more Windows PCs then any other manufacturer and they still have a fair bit of funds. They need a product to catapult them to the very top like the original Palm Pre over 2 years ago with great hardware to boot.
8. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Imo they should make it app-compatible with Android. Same goes for BlackBerry or Tizen.