Rubinstein says key OS battle will be for 3rd place and hopes webOS will win the fight

Rubinstein says key OS battle will be for 3rd place and hopes webOS will win the fight
HP executive Jon Rubinstein sat down with Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs at the Churchill Club last night, to discuss the future of mobile technology. Rubinstein practically conceded the first top two spots in the battle amongst operating systems when he was asked to rate the current crop available. After admitting that iOS and Android are obviously selling like hotcakes, he said that the real battle will be for third place and, "We’d sure like to be that," Rubinstein said.

Qualcom's Jacobs noted that the limitations in battery life and bandwidth have held back smartphone development as the two have not kept up with all of the other things that are being accomplished. When it comes to bandwidth, Qualcom's CEO said, "We don’t have enough spectrum right now. We are just going to have to be more creative about how we get content to the devices." He did point out that both the industry and the government are working on ways to solve this problem. As for battery life, Jacobs noted how today's smartphones can do all of these cool things but then the battery dies three-quarters of the way through the day. As a solution, he self-promoted Qualcom's low power display technology it is producing with Mirasol.

Other topics of discussion included carriers. Rubinstein commented that the carriers will not be the only distribution point for wireless devices in the future. Both Rubinstein and Jacobs did agree that Augmented Reality is going to be big. The technology can be used to translate signs in foreign countries among other things.

Sticking to what they see in the next five years, both agreed that the smartphone will become a digital wallet with Jacobs predicting an end to all check-out lines. He also sees digital networked textbooks and a bigger role for smartphones in the healthcare industry,

source: AllThingsDigital



8. Ebonyks

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

I really, really like webos (former pre owner here), but HP has some serious work on their hands if they think they can dethrone BBos from 3rd place, or gain momentum faster than windows phone 7. Both Os's are inferior from a design standpoint, imo, but webos needs more hardware, and most importantly, 3rd party apps. Before anyone's going to take the OS seriously, they're going to need to find a lot of willing developers. Hpalm taking 3rd in the current smartphone race is depending on the failures of others as much as their own products succeeding.

4. smpdx

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

@Mace Agreed. But Symbian isnt even present in the states, so who will take third here?

7. crookedhorn unregistered

i actually know a few people that use symbian devices unlocked here in the states. its a rarity but they do exist. Probably just about

3. Mace unregistered

This guys knows nothing, typical American ignorance. The top 3 players globally are Symbian, RIM and Apple, Android will drop RIM soon. After 5 years, the top 3 OS will be Android, Meego and iOS, there is no place for WebOS, which has now less than 1% market share and dropping.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

agreed... web OS has not a lot of market or a lot of stuff to compete with other smartphones going up and up will just leave them nowhere near 3rd place... to my think this guys will keep the 4 most important places in OS market (note i used dice in to give the order to this os, and by this i mean its not the actual order of the OS market just sows this will be among the 4 top places you can try it here ) -Symbian/meego -windows mobile -iOS -android they might be in 5th place at maximum, at least unless they come with something super awesome or innovative that Drags a lot of attention...

6. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

I'm sure he's talking about the US market. We all know that Palm's company and distribution is way too small to compete globally. At least before... now that they're acquired by HP, their resources are no longer a problem to distribute globally. Seeing that the two major operating systems are iOS and Android in america, the only other competition for them is WP7 and symbian. And from experience using each OS, I'm sure its an attainable goal for WebOS. WebOS is seriously underrated and much more elegant than some of its competitors. I'm glad they have HP to help out themselves as real competition.

2. overratediphone

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

thats the spirit palm, aim for the middle ... where you belong

1. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

How about smaller bills!?

9. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

hahaha your right! since 2007 ive been using nokia 6233. its my birthday on december 7... im turning 17 and i want a touchscreen phone! its very expensive i cant buy one for myself. hoping someone would send me a phone as a bday gift or xmas gift... haha! god thank you.

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