HP CEO: ZOMG, Android to be closed after Motorola purchase!

HP CEO: ZOMG, Android to be closed after Motorola purchase!
HP’s latest CEO, Meg Whitman, has the unenviable task of trying to talk up WebOS after HP dumped it last year, tried and failed to sell it, then undumped it enough to open source the code. WebOS itself had some very nice things going for it, although some have questioned whether fundamental problems in the code base will always hold it back from Android and iOS style performance.

But the main problem is the spectacular string of failures it suffered in HPs hands. The delayed hardware, the under-performing phone sales, and the tablet that was yanked off the market just weeks after it launched.

Speaking at HP’s Global Partners Conference, how do you imagine Ms. Whitman solved this problem? Via an expert appeal to the intrinsic technical superiority of the code base? By some deft marketing of the platform to developers and OEMs? No…instead Whitman chose door number three: scaremongering about Android.

Her pitch is that once Google closes the deal on Motorola, it’s going to decide to close off the operating system to other manufacturers, choosing to pursue the Apple route of controlling everything. We’ve heard this claim before, of course; we heard it from Microsoft and Nokia last year when the Motorola deal was announced. The funny thing is the people you haven’t heard it from: Google or any of the Android vendors.

We don’t want to go too far with this – there’s no doubt that some Android vendors may be concerned about what the purchase of Motorola could mean long-term. But Google’s entire M.O. is to get Android in as many hands as possible. And it’s not just Android – their search business, ad revenue, and various services (like Docs and Gmail) are all predicated on the idea of broad horizontal distribution, not tight vertical integration.

So it seems unlikely that Google will try to cut out its partners. But that’s not the real issue here; the real issue is that WebOS desperately needs someone to talk up its good points – someone to evangelize for the platform and convince people that it’s still worth investing in, despite the string of unfortunate events that have befallen it. If the best thing that HP can say about it is that “the industry really needs another operating system” because Android might someday be closed…it seems unlikely that WebOS has much of a future.

source: channelbuzz via electronista

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47 Comments

1. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Yeah the other operating system is WP7, not WebOS

40. johnny_mojnae

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Meg Whitman is a whore.

43. AceXMachine

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I wouldn't go that far, but she is definately talking out her ass if not actually taking it in the ass...

2. MYTHiKAL unregistered

I agree 100% with this article.. HP mismannaged WebOS so badly that I hardly see a come back.. Palm is long gone, and with it, everythiing else... :(

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This is just sad. Even Microsoft knows that it needs to mix its FUD in with positive points about WP7. Meg impresses me less each time she opens her mouth.

32. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

that old hag still can suck a mean one i bet! i can blow the web off her os and hit it anyday!

4. victo410

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

Well, at this point I don't know if believe that Android will continue be Open Source. look what Google did with Samsung Galaxy nexus ( contract exclusive with Verizon ) that is not Open source ??

6. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Verizon only get a launch exclusive. Its headed to T-Mo and Sprint.

8. victo410

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

Well, launch exclusive or Forever exclusivity is too late for Galaxy nexus. right at the corner you have Galaxy SIII , HTC, maybe Motorola Atrix 3. (exclusivity just worked with att&t and apple Iphone ) but With Android don't work.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The rumor is that the galaxy nexus is going to get a small bump in specs to stay competitive when it relaunches on other carriers. Besides, it was never meant to be the biggest beast on the block. Its a reference device for developers and the only device for people that dont want to play the update waiting game. People hear dual core, no update games, and look at that big beautiful screen and they will buy it.

16. victo410

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

I`m agreed with you ( Galaxy nexus is a nice piece Hardware ( I love stock android and Ti processor ) but I`m not mad with Samsung or galaxy nexus. I`m mad with the f**king Google for be part of ( Circus exclusivity business.

19. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah the Nexus is as fast as any reasonable person needs (for now at least). I don't play games on my phone so I actually underclocked my Nexus to 1.0GHz for battery saving reasons and even with a conservative governor in place it is still extremely smooth.

7. prophet

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Specific hardware being exclusive to a specific carrier does not have an impact on whether or not the OS is open source. It's the OS that is open source and currently available to all manufacturers to roll out on their own hardware.

29. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's also available unlocked for GSM carriers (Steve Wozniak has one)

34. DePenguin

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

It's clear you have no idea what the hell open source means. So please stop talking.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Meg is so stupid.

9. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Shut up Meg.

11. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Meg: Wow, your a smart feller dad. Peter: And your a fart smeller!

12. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

hahaha! this one's a bullseye! LMFAO!

23. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Meg, who let you back in the house?

13. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I do not thing Google will do this. If Google do this then companies like Samsung and HTC may try to go away from Android. As we know South Korean government trying to create Android alternative. Samsung and HTC are the major players in Android phone than Motorola. These two companies have more than 60% Android market share. in my opinion Google just purchase Motorola mainly for those 17000 (important) patent only.

14. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

She is just a jealous c♣nt (let ♣ = u) who has no business running a company like HP; she is better suited for Apple…

18. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

My buddy works at HP in security. I need to tell him to smack her up a little.

20. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

Speculating on others as opposed to hyping your own OS shows no confidence in your product. Sell those HP share NOW.

21. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

That is so against Google's operating methods.. that this will NEVER happen. Google makes it's revenue by advertising.. it would be suicide for them to go closed source and limit their HW to Moto.. that will NEVER happen. Google will only ever acheive total world domination (pinky in cheek) by remaining open source and getting their OS into the hands of as many people as possible, whether it's through mobile phones, TV's, appliances, or whatever.. Android will remain open. No point really in even discussing it.

25. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay, I just figured it out: Ms Whitman is taking pointers from our old buddy Peter, the Bada Cheerleader. She called him up in Sweden, asked him how to pump up WeBOS to the unsuspecting public, and he gave her all his talking points on why Bada was going to run the mobile world in a couple years. Than she just crossed out Bada and inputted WeBOS. Peter lives on.......

27. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Many have said this but I feel Google's OS is going really strong open sourced . There hasn't been anything drastic to make them think about closing the OS. It sets itself apart from the rest and how it can continue to give the paying customer's what they look forward to.

28. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Meg Whitman is the Nic Cage of the tech industry. Burritos for everyone!

33. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

HP is a good company. They should put WebOS back on its feet, strenghten their product line with Win8 and most of all: Innovatoons, innovations! Otherwise they will be just another manufacturer like all the yellow ones like Samsung, LG, etc.

35. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Memo to HP Board of DIrectors - dump Meg! Now. You made a mistake. The longer you wait to do the inevitable, the worse it will be for HP.

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