Meg Whitman expands on the future of WebOS - more tablets?!
0. phoneArena 09 Dec 2011, 19:03 posted on
Meg Whitman clarified HP's goals on the future of WebOS, including the expectation that HP will get back into the tablet market, although probably not before 2013...
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1. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
so phone arena is reneging the previous article which declared "no hardware"? at least webOS lives on in some form.
3. bossmt_2 (Posts: 449; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
WebOS is gonna be awesome when the hardware really catches up to the software.
4. snowgator (Posts: 3556; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
"....Whitman specifically used the analogy of running the WebOS division like a start-up."
If anything gives me any hope for the future of WeBOS, it is that statement. HP needs to look at it as a start-up. There is room for WeBOS o gain traction, but they are starting from basically nothing but failure. So, they better look at it as building from the ground up. I still wonder if there is any real chance for them to get this right. I can't help but feel as though this great OS has run it's course.
5. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)
Webos is a great OS, just back it up with good hardware and it will fly
6. bbstorm2435 (Posts: 37; Member since: 21 Oct 2009)
"Whitman confirmed that HP hopes to produce more hardware."
I just read the Engadget article on this and it said that Meg Whitman said that there would be NO hardware produced (i.e. phones AND tablets) in any foreseeable future and that she only hoped to keep the software alive.
So, who's right here?
7. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
HP should just stop. Really. This is embarassing. They put all this money and work into launching the Touchpad, pull it off the market 6 weeks later, keep their lips sealed for 4 months, then announce they are going to give it another go but it will be at least a year before they have their plans fleshed out. W...T...F!
Here's an idea HP, 2 or 3 Skus, not based on amt of memory and otherwise are the same, a $250 or less Sku to compete with Kindle Fire in 7-8 inch size, not a loss leader like that one but a slim profit meant for pushing this out to first time tablet owners, a $400 Sku to be similar to whatever the Ipad specs are like and similar size in an attempt to give more for the money, and maybe a premium $600ish Sku which will be better than the usual tablet varieties we see in some way (bigger screen, better cameras, better speakers, better cpu and/or graphics, or maybe some premium feature we dont see in tablets like glasses less 3D, usb ports, etc I dunno they are supposed to be the ones to think of this crap) if non Apple tablets start taking off well to be for a power user. And having Micro/SD card support would be a great thing, as you can save on the amt of internet memory you put in the device and leave that cost to the user, so you get more profit, thus a $250 ish tablet with slightly better specs than the Kindle Fire could still make you about $20-30 profit, which will of course get eaten up from non manufacturing costs, but make some great accessories and you'll be fine.
9. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
They should have went all out on a TouchPad 2 with amazing hardware, vibrant screen, smooth to navigate, and more apps.
Then they should release something like the Pre3, with an updated chip, NFC, silky interface, and compatibility with Android apps. people clearly want to use WebOS, but all it needs is some killer hardware
10. Rio1983 (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
Yes.. I am sooooo happy ... I am so ready for the new web OS tablet... The touchpad is nice and with the right specs it would really be powerful...