Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Major bombshell, and sorry, but this certainly requires a breaking tag as well: HP has announced it is discontinuing operations for webOS devices - effective immediately. Just like that... The TouchPad and Pre 3 are dead. Eh. Raise your hands if this brings back those painful memories of that infamous 'Focus Shift'. In addition, the company also announced its intention to sell its personal computer business.
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Useless dreaming I'm sure, but...
by Moochman on Thu 18th Aug 2011 22:12 UTC
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...maybe now HTC will buy webOS. ;) After all, Google's a direct competitor now, and they have no special allegiance to Microsoft...

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Both HTC, LG and SE need to differentiate through software quickly. Putting a custom skin on Android won't cut it. It will still be Android, not LG or HTC experience. Samsung is already on the save bay with decent Bada market share. They have differeniated through battery life and HW price. HTC and LG will have to find some other distinct perks. (WebOS fate shows that better UI is not enough). They are feeling the breath of the Chineese tigers on their necks.
As for WP7 it looks that LG and HTC have been taken advantage of by MS forcing an immature platform to the market to stay relevant at their cost. Actually it would be fair if MS paid them for wasting production resources on such a stripped OS, not the other way around. On the other hand the number of ecosystem walled gardens is constrained by developers will to rewrite the same stuff over and over.
The irony is that so far apps have been the biggest honeypot but the real money are elsewhere.

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