When HP bought webOS, the idea was to have the software in printers, tablets, phones and computers all connecting with each other through the use of the operating system. Instead, HP was slow in bringing products to market and when something new was produced, like the HP TouchPad, it sold poorly despite HP's price-cutting on the tablet.
Back in June, HP announced that it was willing to license webOS, but that was mostly for manufacturers producing products outside of HP's usual areas. As far as HP making back its investment in Palm, that would be unlikely. It is still being said that HP will be exploring ways to license the webOS software, and we do hope that it will finally fall in the hands of a capable smartphone manufacturer, which will take full advantage of the platform and manage to present it to the users in its finest.
Palm brought out webOS back in January 2009 when it introduced the Palm Pre at CES. At the time, webOS was lauded as revolutionary with its cards format and the ability to close an app by simply flicking a card off the screen. But poor marketing by Palm and a weak selection of apps was the downfall of the Pre and soon the launch of the Motorola DROID allowed Android to totally overwhelm webOS.
Is this the end of the line for the software or will a company come forward to keep it alive? We should know who is interested in the next few days.
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Crazy, I think webOS is great for tablets and netbooks.
posted on Aug 18, 2011, 4:17 PM 9
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It was but it lacked in marketing. I bet a lot of consumers have seen the ads but I bet few knew much about it so they either went ahead and bought an iPad or an Android tablet. Apple or Google should buy the OS from HP and just incorporate the best features of it imo.
posted on Aug 18, 2011, 6:46 PM 0
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About time. Webos might of had a shot if there marketing had been stepped up. Rim is next, then we have a 3 horse race. I really hope wp7 can compete because I really don't want to see an apple android only market.
posted on Aug 18, 2011, 4:56 PM 6
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MS is going to have to step up its game if it hopes to play in the smartphone OS market. 600K units in a quarter is not the stuff of market success. It has been what - 2 successive quarters in a row with 600+K unit sales? If the quarter ending 9/30 posts the same 600+K unit sales numbers, start writing off WP7. Right now, MS is making more revenues licensing their patents than from sales of WP7. Maybe they should start beating the drums on WP8 to distract from the sales failure of WP7.
posted on Aug 19, 2011, 1:01 AM 0
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First off, I believe you had your numbers wrong, or you are not taking Europe into account--wp sells a lot better there... and have u even seen wp7? the mango os is basically the competitive one--it seems like until now it has been a large beta... And how can you say wp7 is a failure when it has more apps than either android or iOS at the time and has more market share than webos.. microsoft is just getting started... they have shown their commitment to wp7 unlike hp and hopefully they will succeed
posted on Aug 19, 2011, 1:51 AM 1
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Google should totally buy them up and take some of the bright points of WebOS and add it into android. That would differentiate android and iOS even further (with android waaaaay ahead in features and usabilty just like it is now :) ) Im sure whatever patents Palm had would be useful in that anti apple litigation thats going on as well since palm has been around forever.
posted on Aug 18, 2011, 5:13 PM 3
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It'd be Google doing what they do best - cashing in off someone else's property.
posted on Aug 18, 2011, 6:05 PM 3
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How's android OS "way" ahead of iOS? Considered their OS is basically a copy of iOS. I guess the constant force closes differentiate it so consumers don't get mixed up.
posted on Aug 18, 2011, 10:48 PM 3
Exactly. I completely agree with remixfa. WebOS had the best multi-tasking GUI ever invented until now. That, coupled with it's smooth curves in it's GUI could benefit Android greatly. Perhaps Google will buy just what's left of Palm. I mean, why would HP need the Palm employees now anyway? Oh and zuno and taco are idiots. Or blind. Or both.
posted on Aug 19, 2011, 3:22 AM 2
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Thumbing up your own posts, taco? Pathetic. But to answer your question (How's android OS "way" ahead of iOS?) - Android is ahead of iOS... in EVERY WAY. That's how. And no, burrito, it's the other way around - iOS is copying Android. See iOS 5.
posted on Aug 19, 2011, 1:47 AM 3
People are MISREADING this! It says only that hardware is going away. They might keep webOS and license it out like Microsoft with WP7.
posted on Aug 18, 2011, 5:29 PM 0
You are correct but the problem is who is going to buy it. I dont see any major company except maybe samsung even attempting to pull through with it. Even if a smaller company picks it up it wont be probably state side for a very long time. Its sad cause I honestly like webOS. Homebrew was fun and it by far was the best multitasking os of all the smartphones. I think the Pre 3 could have made a splash in at least having it be looked at seriously. But let that be a lesson hopefully to others. Bad marketing and lackluster hardware will be the downfall in the smartphone industry.
posted on Aug 18, 2011, 7:55 PM 0
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whats your source for that peter? oi. google isnt doing anything thats going to hurt thier market... especially by pissing off their big suppliers. google makes money by adds, not by hardware sales, they would only screw themselves by trying that. geesh.
posted on Aug 19, 2011, 8:15 AM 1
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All they needed was AMAZING hardware. HP is known for there Computers. And they are the dominant ones in the Windows PC realm. They could have easily created hardware to blow the others away even APPLE! HP & APPLE are at the same level when it comes to the shear size and production. Come on HP don't give up yet. The Touchpad hardware sucks, so does PRE 3 and VEER. You released last years tech this year. NOT GOOD! They gave up way to quick. Web Os has alot of potential.
posted on Aug 18, 2011, 5:42 PM 2
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