Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Mar 2011 19:30 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Leo Apotheker has big plans. HP (relatively) new CEO wants to transform the company, and is willing to break with almost everything his predecessor Mark Hurd set out. How about webOS on every computer shipped by HP?
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RE: Scores pretty good?
by mistersoft on Thu 10th Mar 2011 19:16 UTC in reply to "Scores pretty good?"
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...but HP absolutely has to allow and encourage multiple vendors to adapt it and ship it. The reason Android does as well as it does is that it's cheap and adaptable and, critically, you can't fight everybody...

I don't see it like that (that they have to allow other vendors in to really succeed), it's their OS, their IP and crucially -I am surmising- will remain more profitable to HP powering only their hardware especially in the medium and medium-long term. Having WebOS instances of whichever kind available to all HP PCs too, should broaden the developer appeal more than sufficiently to breathe life into the platform yet keep the profits internal.

As you also say, you can't 'fight everybody' (!) , fair point and I agree but also, you have to ask do you want to? ..I think to be a sizeable fish in the mobile pool is probably HP's aim here, and pushing some artificial and unnecessary desire to dominate the other players and push far out in front of the competition would I believe only hurt their reality. Plus, the PC side together with the phone/tablet could really give them the big, broad, stable and enticing ecosystem that they want.

It's a bit like the huge fallacy of a white elephant in modern economics don't actually have to have a consistently growing economy or company to have a perfectionly functional one. Well with listed companies and all the shareholders and dealers involved , sadly you do, but academically, you certainly don't.

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RE[2]: Scores pretty good?
by sorpigal on Fri 11th Mar 2011 11:29 in reply to "RE: Scores pretty good?"
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I want HP to make WebOS "the platform" for mobile computing because in the end there will be a common platform and I don't want it to be Windows again and I don't really want it to be Android. It's not that they *have* to do this to be successful, but if they don't they'll be yet-another mobile phone manufacturer and get sidelined by whatever becomes the platform in 5-10 years.

Why peddle a few phones for a modest profit when you can become the people in charge of the industry? It makes good business sense to try for it, at least, and I don't think the possible short-term impact on sales is a sufficient deterrent.

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