Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 10:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Not too long ago, a lot of people were pleasantly surprised when HP announced it would buy smartphone maker Palm. While Palm launched a very well-received mobile operating system, the hardware it ran on was of questionable quality, leading to lower-than-expected sales and thus financial problems. Now that HP has bought Palm, we're certainly going to see the webOS running on top-notch smartphones, right? Well, not if it's up to HP CEO Mark Hurd. Update: This gives a slightly different angle.
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RE: HP is stupid
by Kroc on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 11:26 UTC in reply to "HP is stupid"
Kroc
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2005-11-10

HP don't want to be in the commodity game anymore. They're in a deep pit with their PC business, busy dying. HP may believe that smart phones are also going to become a commodity. Profitability is with something unique, focused and that differentiates itself. Whilst WebOS looks like a great OS for mobile devices, the App Store wars going on right now with each phone OS fighting for developer attention is not a useful war to be late to join.

Putting WebOS in other places, much like Android appearing on tablets and TVs will create more differentiated devices. Printers, for example is something distinctly HP and certainly unique. It will be interesting to see what they come up with, let's just hope it's not a 600 MB printer driver.

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RE[2]: HP is stupid
by Erunno on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 11:50 in reply to "RE: HP is stupid"
Erunno Member since:
2007-06-22

HP don't want to be in the commodity game anymore. They're in a deep pit with their PC business, busy dying.


I can already hear their death rattle with their net income of almost 10 Billion dollars last year which has been growing for the past 3 quarters despite the recession...

Seriously Kroc, as much as I like many of your articles but comments like this make the strong impression that you are living in a reality distortion field of your own.

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RE[3]: HP is stupid
by Kroc on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 12:50 in reply to "RE[2]: HP is stupid"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

A market with slowing growth, product saturation, terrifyingly low margins and being totally dependent on Microsoft and Windows is not a place to be resting your fortunes on. HP want more than to be the lackey that jumps when Microsoft say so.

HP’s PC business may be profitable, but like Microsoft’s stock over the last decade, there’s no growth and no future doing the same thing forever. HP want to be the next Apple and they will _never_ get there with Microsoft clinging to their ankles. This is why the Palm purchase has been such a big thing and caused airbourne seating devices within Microsoft.

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RE[3]: HP is stupid
by tomcat on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 16:16 in reply to "RE[2]: HP is stupid"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

"HP don't want to be in the commodity game anymore. They're in a deep pit with their PC business, busy dying.


I can already hear their death rattle with their net income of almost 10 Billion dollars last year which has been growing for the past 3 quarters despite the recession...

Seriously Kroc, as much as I like many of your articles but comments like this make the strong impression that you are living in a reality distortion field of your own.
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Not to mention the fact that HP recently overtook IBM in the worldwide server market. HP is not hurting.

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RE[2]: HP is stupid
by Moochman on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 13:12 in reply to "RE: HP is stupid"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Putting WebOS in other places, much like Android appearing on tablets and TVs will create more differentiated devices. Printers, for example is something distinctly HP and certainly unique. It will be interesting to see what they come up with, let's just hope it's not a 600 MB printer driver.


WebOS is not a printer OS. As a matter of fact, printers are such commodity itmes that I can't imagine WebOS could add anything remotely useful to them without driving the cost of the device through the roof beyond what any normal consumer is willing to pay. The idea of WebOS for printers is just dumb.

WebOS is designed for smartphones. It would probably be a good fit for tablets, too, but that's not what it was first and foremost designed for, and that's not what Palm has in its DNA. If it wasn't a smartphone OS that HP wanted, they should never have bought one.

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RE[3]: HP is stupid
by arpan on Thu 3rd Jun 2010 16:04 in reply to "RE[2]: HP is stupid"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Precisely. It's right there in the name WebOS.

So, what do they expect us to do, browse the internet on their printers?

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